"Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons." Bertrand Russell

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

No I hate you more

Conor O'Clery reports on the Venezuelan government's pursuit of the
extradition of a Cuban exile wanted on charges of bombing a Cuban
airliner in 1976. The suspect, an ex-CIA agent, in the bombing of the
Cuban passenger aircraft which resulted in the deaths of 73 people has
been afforded protection by the US government.

While Mr.O'Clery makes it clear that President Bush considers
"Venezuela's president Hugo Chávez ... as hostile," it is important to
note that the feeling is mutual.

Mr. Chavez has said, "If I am assassinated, there is only one person
responsible: the president of the United States."

In the interest of fairness and accuracy in reporting would this
information be pertinent to readers in light of the past US
administrations lack of shyness in the use of the accused techniques,
for example the Reagan administration's 1986 bombing raid on Libya
that sought to kill Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi.

Yours etc,

Venezuela asks US to extradite Cuban exile bomb suspect
Conor O'Clery in New York

THE US: The Venezuelan government is seeking the extradition from the US of Cuban exile Luis Posada Carriles, who is wanted in Venezuela on charges of bombing a Cuban airliner in 1976 and is now believed to be in Florida.

The request poses an embarrassing dilemma for Washington, which has rarely clamped down on anti-Castro militants, but insists that no country should harbour terrorists.


The Irish Times