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