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They Hate Us For Our Hypocrisy

Posted on May 11, 2007

By Eugene Robinson

WASHINGTON—The Bush administration says that its zero-tolerance policy against terrorism applies to all suspected evildoers, not just Muslims, and that its zero-tolerance policy against Cuba is a principled position, not just an exercise in pandering to the implacable anti-Castro exiles in Miami. On both counts, evidence suggests otherwise.

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    The fact is that Luis Posada Carriles, an accused terrorist who entered the United States illegally and was taken into custody by authorities, is not being kept in solitary confinement and dragged out for occasional waterboarding. As of this writing, he is a free man.

    Posada, 79, has a long history of violent opposition to Fidel Castro’s regime. He was accused of masterminding the 1976 midair bombing of a civilian Cuban airliner, a terrorist act that killed 73 innocent people. He is also suspected of involvement in a 1997 series of bombings of Havana hotels and nightclubs; several people were injured and an Italian tourist was killed.

    Terrorism, our government constantly reminds us, is the scourge of our times. So why is a man described by our government as “an unrepentant criminal and admitted mastermind of terrorist plots and attacks on tourist sites” looking forward to a hero’s welcome in Miami from his old Bay of Pigs comrades?

    Posada sneaked into the country in 2005, and had the temerity to advertise his presence by giving a news conference. After some dithering, Homeland Security officials took him into custody. He was indicted in January on federal charges of immigration fraud for lying about how he entered the United States.


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    On Tuesday, in El Paso, Texas—where Posada had been held—U.S. District Judge Kathleen Cardone dismissed the indictment against Posada, saying the government had resorted to unconstitutional “trickery” in gathering its evidence against him. It was Cardone’s dismissal order that set Posada free.

    Cardone found that in Posada’s formal immigration interview after the feds whisked him away in 2005, the government failed to provide adequate translation of the questions and answers. What the government contended were lies about how Posada had made his way into the United States looked more like misunderstandings, Cardone concluded.

    It’s worth pointing out that this isn’t the first time Posada has used his allegedly poor command of English as an excuse: He claims he didn’t understand what he was saying years ago when he boasted to a reporter of his role in the Havana bombings.

    So, was the judge snookered into letting a hardened terrorist walk on a technicality? Not really. It’s more the case that the judge refused to play along.

    Cardone’s point was that if the government really wanted to keep Posada behind bars because he was a career terrorist, then prosecutors should have prosecuted him as a terrorist. Then, faster than you can say “Patriot Act,” authorities could have made him disappear into the netherworld of indefinite detention where terrorist suspects named Muhammad are kept.

    I’ll wager that the evidence against Posada, which I find compelling, is more solid than the secret evidence against most of the detainees at Guantanamo. But Posada’s alleged crimes were against the Castro regime. George W. Bush’s stance toward Cuba has been even more hardheaded and counterproductive than the policies of his predecessors. This administration has tightened the travel ban, increased economic pressure and made a show of planning for a post-Castro Cuba. Meanwhile, Castro (apparently recovering slowly from intestinal surgery) and his brother Raul are as firmly in power as ever. The administration’s hard-line tactics have accomplished less than nothing—in Cuba, at least.

    The zero-tolerance policy toward the Castro government has been popular, however, among the most strident exiles in Florida—the old men who will greet Posada when he comes home to Miami and a comfortable retirement.

    A grand jury in New Jersey reportedly is investigating Posada’s alleged involvement in the Havana hotel bombings, and it’s possible that he will someday face a new indictment. Meanwhile, our government has given Castro another cause celebre for billboards and demonstrations.

    The administration is about to increase funding for its broadcasts into Cuba, even though they are seen and heard by few Cubans because Castro’s people have gotten so good at jamming them. The message is that the United States opposes the Castro regime but offers a hand of friendship to the Cuban people.

    That’s a tough idea to sell when our government won’t call a terrorist a terrorist—and when a bitter old man who likely has killed scores of Cuban civilians is allowed to walk free.   

    Eugene Robinson’s e-mail address is eugenerobinson(at symbol)   

    © 2007, Washington Post Writers Group

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By Jim, May 17, 2007 at 8:38 pm Link to this comment
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In response to #70223 by Republican to the Core, “What the author does not get is that Castro is simply Anti-American he hate us to the core.”

While this statement may hold true for the American Gov’t, the actual evidence seems to show that his feelings do not hold true for the American people; a sharp distinction that many often seem unable to grasp.
Published on Friday, May 4, 2001 in the Boston Globe
Cuba Giving 8 Americans Free Medical Education
by Richard Chacón
“Last year, Castro decided to include US racial or ethnic minority students on the condition that they practice in underserved communities when they return.”

I spent almost 5 yrs leading Marines around the globe, including in Iraq. Just wake up and stop believing what powerful interests tell you. They all have an agenda, including Castro. Its just a question of who benefits: a wealthy minority under the Bush agenda or disadvantaged minorities in Castro’s medical-school agenda. Its considered acceptable if Bush funnels state-funds to religious organizations around the world ostensibly because they’re most effective…so why can’t Castro funnel money to minorities if he feels that’s what is most important? Of course, people could say that Bush is acting completely altruistic (b/c Americans always act in the best interests of others, not ourselves, right?). Castros plan, on the other hand, would certainly be characterized as a ‘devilish-plot’ to undermine the US gov’t by helping to improve the devastated ghettos of American cities or by gaining popular US support for Cuba. All this is similar to the more recent example of boogey-man Chavez and his Citgo oil company being the only oil company to offer cut-rate fuel to poor Americans slammed by energy costs. US gov’t request was sent out, only Citgo responded. “Citgo Brings Discounted Heating Oil to Region”

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By Republican to the Core, May 15, 2007 at 10:28 pm Link to this comment
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According to this article, the United State of America should retrospectively trial every single act of terrorism CIA agents have carried out in the history of the Agency. Guess what..not the case…
True what Posada is accused of is pretty serious, but…

I’m sure the CIA has conducted more controversial operations in the past (also at a cost of human life) in defense of National Security.

What the author does not get is that Castro is simply Anti-American he hate us to the core.  No matter what we do, he will hate us and wishes for this country to disappear from the face of the earth.

Although I would not support blowing up airplanes PERIOD.  I agree with the ruling.

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By Nitro, May 15, 2007 at 11:19 am Link to this comment

In response to Marshall (#70033), “The lack of critical thinking & knee-jerk liberal reactionism in these comments is amazing. This site is truly occupied by liberal twits. I can only assume the smart ones are the ones that don’t post comments, because the comments you see here are dumb?” So what does that make you?

Evidently one of those brain washed propaganda mainstream media believers that will support King George Bushit II and his policies and lies, his “Unconstitutional Trickery” to the death of us all, if someone doesn’t wake up and smell the pizza.

Since the “liberal twits” that occupy this site lack any critical thinking powers, and only react in liberal knee-jerking comments, I hate to inform you, but this commenter is about as conservative as they come. I also hate to inform you that I voted for the lieing S.O.B. the first time around, believing his sale of wolf tickets on our 9/11 crisis, and the dilema we faced with the terrorists.

After several thousands of hours of study, research, and open honest truthful news reporting by many of the independent news stations, sites such as this wonderful independent site, and independent research personnel and organizations, that are not biased and brain washed by the corporate sponsored mainstream… I came to the long drawn conclusion, Bushit and his administration has done nothing but LIE and DECEIVE the American People from the word go.

In fact I saw a very interesting clip this past Saturday night, that was NEVER on any of the mainstream news media reports, how your lovely leader just 2 weeks before being sworn into office the first time said, ” As far as he was concerned, the Constitution was a worthless piece of God Damn paper, and he had a better idea.”

Boy didn’t he! And look at the mess we’re in now! So, since you’re such a fart smeller, way beyond the rest of us in intelligence and research in these matters, you just keep on supporting and believing your Master of Deception, while the rest of us wake up and realize the truth to these matters.

Maybe you should read Scott Ritters report on “Calling out Idiot America.” Along with several open, truthful, factually proven by government documents proving, everything from the 9/11 propaganda farce, to the Weapons of Mass Destruction Bull Shit, to the voter fraud done by the Republican Party, Global Warming issues,etc. etc. In fact, find one issue or policy Pres. Bushit hasn’t Bull Shitted and lied to the Amerian People, hell the entire world about since being in office, then give the rest of us liberal knee-jerking dumb asses the truth and facts so we can be on the same intelligence level as you sir!

To a better Day…

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By Marshall, May 14, 2007 at 11:38 pm Link to this comment
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The lack of critical thinking and knee-jerk liberal reactionism in these comments is amazing.  This site is truly occupied by liberal twits.  I can only assume that the smart readers are the ones that don’t post comments (what does that make me?) - because the comments I’m seeing are just dumb.

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By Spinoza, May 14, 2007 at 10:54 pm Link to this comment

> meanwhile, our government has given Castro another cause celebre for billboards and demonstrations.

What does this meaningless statement mean?  Did Castro ask for this cause celebre?  Sometimes I think that liberals are idiots.

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By Trish, May 13, 2007 at 1:22 pm Link to this comment

I saw an interesting thing on Frontline recently, speaking on the lead up to the invasion of Iraq, where one expert [whose name I sadly don’t remember] said you have to be careful listening to exiles, because they usually have an ax to grind.  In that case they were talking about the infamous “Curveball” [doesn’t his code name say it all?].  But I think it’s equally true of anti-castro Cubans, NYC Irish who send money to Northern Ireland. etc.

Ironically, the “illegal immigrants” that conservatives make so much noise about do not try to drag the U.S. into the political battles of their homelands.

I think the Founding Fathers had interesting things to say on the topic of foreign entanglements.

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By jbart, May 13, 2007 at 8:54 am Link to this comment
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Our biggest problem to “put things right” are people. People like SAMUEL BURKE. They still don’t get it. It’s the most frustrating aspect of our society. People who carry the “burden of Democracy” as if they envision themselves as “Jesus and his heavy cross”. What a load of B.S. The Samual Burkes of our country either need to be enlightened with the truth or should be “exiled” elsewhere. They are not real Americans. They are either “bought” or imbecilic. Bought? Be gone. Imbecilic? Educate them. They ARE the reason that a Dubya gets to be President of America.  They alone make atrocities like the administration possible. Free speech is one thing. Deciding what our country is, quite another. The Cubans in southern Florida are a travesty. Why are we “pandering” to their political agenda? Isn’t it somewhat of a truth that, when political parties gain power in a country, and it goes against the status quo (money), that the people with the “where with all” to leave, do so? And, also, they tend to mobilize their numbers to get back what they lost? I give you the Floridian Cubans.  The epitamy of a people who want their country back so that they can resume the lifestyles they had in the homeland. Not all, of course. Most are poor people who followed a dream. To be free in America. Isn’t that “supposed” to be the reason to immigrate here? It’s the Cubans with $ that are at the root of what I’m saying here. $ controls a lot of things, including the “hearts and minds” of the people who don’t have it.
We should pass legislation to create “normal” relations with our neighbor to the south and cease all the B.S. left over from one of the most embarassing periods of our history, the “Communist Menace”. It was only a reaction from the rich to stop any threat to their wealth and “unbridled” greed. Not to mention their paranoid desire to maintain the “status quo” to protect all of their possesions and the power that $ affords them.

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By denk, May 13, 2007 at 7:55 am Link to this comment
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the whole world knows about the yanks “moral principle”——

if u are with u.s., u can do no wrong,
if u are against u.s., u can do no right.

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By Brenda, May 12, 2007 at 10:57 pm Link to this comment
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Bu$Cheny…How do you know theyre lying??? Their lips are moving.

MORE OF THE SAME…Pray for 2008

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By Tom Doff, May 12, 2007 at 7:46 pm Link to this comment
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They hate US for our stupidity.
They hate US for our irrationality.
  They hate US for the megalomania of our president.

They’re right. Our president is a disaster, a disgrace. A demented, murderous fool.

His presiduncey, his administration, is the Enron of politics. A corrupt, greedy, grasping, illegal, amoral, mendacious gang of incompetents.

Somehow we must convince the world that he is not one of US.

Impeach. Do it now.

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By Trish, May 12, 2007 at 4:23 pm Link to this comment

I’ve always thought that, when spoken by anyone in the Bush administration, “terrist” is a code word fro Muslim opponent.

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By DennisD, May 12, 2007 at 2:10 pm Link to this comment
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Hypocrisy replaced democracy as a way of governing our country a long time ago, Bu$Chen has just taken it to new heights. We might as well just swear our “representatives” in with their hand on a stack of $1,000 dollar bills - then they’ll feel more at home.

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By rather not say might get shot, May 12, 2007 at 9:40 am Link to this comment
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“UNCONSTITUTIONAL TRICKERY?” I wish i could laugh,how sad this place is.

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By Rossco, May 12, 2007 at 6:25 am Link to this comment
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Oh, I get it. Terrorism in the name of United States policy is not terrorism; it’s patriotism.

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By SamSnedegar, May 11, 2007 at 9:07 pm Link to this comment

“...The Bush administration says…”

Since they have yet to say one true thing on any subject, I don’t know why we ought to bother listening to them or analyzing the lies in an attempt to try to find the truth.

With ordinary liars, sometimes one can “catch” them by figuring out that if their lie HAD been the truth, they never would have admitted it, but would have told a different story, but with the Bushitter gang of thugs, the only tip-off you get is that you know from the start that what they say WILL be a lie, always a lie, and nothing but a lie.

I’m sorry to have to report this, but if any of them ever told you the absolute, unvarnished, transparent truth, you would demand the death sentence for every member of the Bushitter gang of thugs, and they could be tried right here in America instead of at the Hague.

The only safe one is Bush himself: he is so stupid that he really never knew the truth or what was being done supposedly by his orders, but actually by those of some other evildoer. But of course it is why he was appointed President, because he would be incapable of ever understanding a situation well enough to GIVE an order.

Of course they lie; they cannot do otherwise.

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By THOMAS BILLIS, May 11, 2007 at 2:11 pm Link to this comment
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Mr Robinson Michael Moore has a better chance of ending up in Guantanamo than a Cuban terrorist.

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By Michael Boldin, May 11, 2007 at 12:33 pm Link to this comment

excellent post - exposing the hypocrisy of what the politicians and their media mouthpieces tell us.

“they hate us for our freedom”

“they hate us for our democracy”

I can only imagine what else we’ll be told.  But, the fact is quite plain - we’re hated because we’ve allowed our government to kill millions, to meddle in the affairs of most of the world, to prop up nasty dictators with our tax money, and on and on and on.

Some further reading on this:

“Why Do They Hate Us So Much?”

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By Nitro, May 11, 2007 at 12:12 pm Link to this comment

Well now, if the Bushit administration has a zero tolerance policy for terrorism, terrorists, & “EVIL DOERS…”, I can sleep better tonight knowing that criminal proceedings are in place to prosecute King George II & all his Neo-Conservative EVIL DOERS FOR their crimes & policies they are responsible for.

OK. I’ll wake up from that dream now… How can they even look in the mirror in the morning, or pass a reflective glass front? I suppose they must be passing out “Anti-Hypocrit” pills each morning at their briefings.

And it sounds like U.S. District Judge Kathlene Cardone needed a different interpretor ? What pills are they giving her ? That poor Pasada. Being arrested on “unconstitutional trickery” charges ? Where the hell has she been ? Hasn’t that been the on going policy of the Bushit Administration since he took office ? “UNCONSTITUTIONAL TRICKERY?” Isn’t that their entire program ? To lie, deceive, betray,& undermine our Constitution and the American People ?

Enough “Wolf Tickets” folks ! They had more than enough evidence to hang Posada, yet they turn him loose. Too bad we couldn’t have given old Posada an old fashioned American welcome there in Miami. I’d even vote to throw in a complete welcome with a free “Sea Burial !”

I am so embarrassed by this administration & it’s policies that Pray I say I’m ashamed to be an American anymore. But the day that comes, will be the day we rid our country of the evil doing tyrants that are in office now, I hope & pray that.

I wonder what would happen if say 100,000 protesters would march on the White House & tell them to simply get out? Since they don’t have to follow the Constitution or the Law of the land, forget Impeaching, just tell them they’re FIRED as of now, & you’ve got till noon to get out of town ! Reckon they’d label tax paying Americans against the tyranny now in place in our government as Terrorists-Evil-Doers? It’s time folks ...

To a better day…

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By Dale Headley, May 11, 2007 at 11:57 am Link to this comment
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Let’s face it!  George Bush needs the Cuban vote in Florida, so he will not prosecute Mr. Posada if he can help it, no matter how many innocent people the terrorist has murdered.  However, if the Grand Jury in New Jersey indicts Posada, Bush can always tell the Florida Batistas that there’s nothing he can do.

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By QuyTran, May 11, 2007 at 9:57 am Link to this comment

Never trust what did Bush say ! Just keep watching what did Bush do !

If you trusted Bush as same as you trusted Putin !

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By Eric Barth, May 11, 2007 at 9:49 am Link to this comment
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The history of the Cold War (as in Operation Mongoose launched against Cuba by the Kennedy Administration in 1962)shows that if the U.S. Government designates a government or population as “Communist,” then our government feels free to do anything it likes to bring down these governments and attack its citizens. These include terroristic acts such as the destruction of soft targets such as civilian airliners. Mr. Carriles walks, but Michael Moore is in big trouble for violating the Cuban embargo act?

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By samuel burke, May 11, 2007 at 9:18 am Link to this comment
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the line differentiating the good and the evil is more blurred than ever…....freedom fighter and terrorist is defined by the party in power or the newspaper expressing its ideology. cuba is a prison for ten million human beings, if you dont believe it, just open up the floodgates and youll see them come pouring out because they live under constant oppression and starvation under a police state, but thats ok i guess because—-well, because someone chooses to support castros communism. north korea is another case in point, in north korea the population lives under total oppression and isolation, they suffer under the communist stronghand of a police state, but we in the west dont really care about people, we just care about the big picture, damm the people.
israel is another story where a regime oppresses the palestinian people,  murdering innocent children and adult civilians along with the guilty and destroying their homes as part of their collective punishment form of gangsterism.

commmunism, the most criminal form of governement with over 150 million murders in the past century alone…...hitler was a baby in diaper compared to stalin and mao….......

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By Fadel Abdallah, May 11, 2007 at 9:06 am Link to this comment

Excellent piece, Eugene Robinson!

Yes, they do hate us for our hypocrisy, split vision and double standards, but they also hate us for our state-sponsored terrorism around the world.

Verne Arnold, # 69316, rightly pointed out the U.S. unholy alliance with the Israeli-state sponsored terrorism as the most striking and enduring example. However, if you want to learn more about a short history of the U.S. atrocities and state-sponsored terrorism, please read the well-documented book “Nemeses” by Chalmers Johnson.

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By Inherit The Wind, May 11, 2007 at 8:20 am Link to this comment
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Have they cracked down on the women’s health clinic bombers?

Have they rooted out the organizations that McVeigh and Nichols were in?

Have they cracked down on the KKK with its history of over 3000 murders?

They won’t even make a serious effort to get good ol’ boy home-grown terrorists.

But say “Arab”, “Islamic” or “Castro” and they are gung-ho.

Remember what we call “freedom fighters” their opponents call “terrorists”.

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By carlito paquito, May 11, 2007 at 7:45 am Link to this comment
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I said it once, I’ll say it again, only great leadership pay the ultimate price for the benefit of all, e.g., Abe Licoln/Civil War, MLK/Vietnam, RFK/Equal Rights, great strides for all Americans, not only 3%, only when great leaders take great risks we all progress for the better.  123 What r we waiting 4?! Wake Up America! Sean Penn, Colbert, Stewart, Michael Moore, George Clooney, Bill Mahar, Jane Fonda, Babs Streisand, Dennis Kucinich, Ralph Nader, cannot do it alone, need…more…help…

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By Verne Arnold, May 11, 2007 at 4:45 am Link to this comment

Shoot, we’ve been doing that for decades.  Zionists are a good case in point and may be the original terrorists.  Check out the history of Israel.  But the Zionists have us in their back pocket, so they have no worries.  We should worry a lot!!!

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