WHO’S THE TERRORIST?

It’s funny how the definition of a terrorist has suddenly become whatever America says is a terrorist.

US bars Nicaragua heroine as ‘terrorist’
Writers and academics voice anger as state department refuses visa to let Sandinista revolutionary take up post as Harvard professor

The woman who epitomised the 1979 Nicaraguan revolution that overthrew the dictator Anastasio Somoza has been denied entry to the US to take up her post as a Harvard professor on the grounds that she had been involved in “terrorism”.

A number of academics and writers are protesting against the ban. “It is absurd,” said Gioconda Belli, the Nicaraguan writer who was also an active member of the Sandinistas and is now based in Los Angeles. “Dora Maria is an outstanding woman who fought against a dictatorship. If fighting against tyranny is ‘terrorism’ how does the United States justify the invasion of Iraq? It is an insult.”

Wait a second.

The US bombed Nicaragua in the 1980s, killing tens of thousands of people, and led to America being the only country ever condemned of international terrorism by the World Court…

…yet a woman who was a central figure in a revolution against a dictator is the terrorist here?

This isn’t America-bashing. This is history. The woman isn’t a terrorist. She’s a well-respected revolution heroine who was invited to teach by Harvard. America was founded by a revolution. Have we forgotten this?

I support the war on terror 100%, but banning a woman who fought a dictator is not part of that war.

And speaking of the war on terror, isn’t it about time we got back to that?

6 thoughts on “WHO’S THE TERRORIST?

  1. DCB

    I think the war on terror is going to be like the war on drugs… neverending, expensive, and accomplishes little. Hope I’m wrong.

  2. Liz

    In regards to the war on drugs, the problem with that is that people are always trying to attack the supply. I feel that the demand should be what’s focused on. As long as there’s a demand, there will always be a supply. That’s my 2c.

  3. James

    DCB: I had higher hopes for the war on terror. I hoped it wouldn’t be a totally lost cause like the war on drugs. Then I found out the war on drugs was now part of the war on terror. So was copyrights. And in Venice County, they’re making it mandatory for residents to install expensive plumbing parts to…protect them from terrorism. C’mon now.

    Liz: I agree. But it’s a criminal issue to most, when we need to look at it as also a health issue.

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