“All governments that support terror are complicit in a war against civilization.” – President Bush's UN speech, 9/23/03
In the cosmic war between good and evil, the Bush administration seems to be saying, there are "good terrorists" and there are "bad terrorists." How this can ever be is beyond me, but there you go. Luis Posada Carriles appears to be one of the "good terrorists."
That is why the US is refusing to extradite him to Venezuela (see "The New Axis of Evil"TM). You know, that Venezuela with a democratically elected president, Hugo Chavez, who the CIA helped to overthrow three years ago, but was swept back into power by popular acclamation and mass protests? That Venezuela, whose social and economic policies resemble those of the US during the New Deal? That dangerous and evil place, at least in the Bizarro world of Bush "democracy on the march."
Two weeks ago they finally took him into custody for entering the U.S. illegally. Now Washington’s dilemma persists. Returning Posada Carriles to the Venezuelan authorities would incite the anger of the politically potent Cuban exile community in Miami, whose radical wing has made Carriles a hero. President George W. Bush and his brother Jeb, the governor of Florida, cannot allow this.
But to refuse to extradite Carriles could be interpreted as a manifestation of American hypocrisy, i.e.: that the war against terrorism, launched shortly after the attacks of September 11, 2001 against World Trade towers in New York, does not apply to criminals friendly to Washington – since Posada Carriles was a long time employee of the CIA.
Hmmm. Good terrorism and bad terrorism... Isn't this a symptom of some of that "relativism" that Pope Benedict XVI has railed against? Maybe the Pontiff will come out and advise Mr. Bush to extradite Posada to Venezuela.
And maybe not.