(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India
Which Terror, Mr Obama?
the arrival of President Obama of the USA
in early November, we can expect the ‘War on Terror’ to be highlighted
more strident terms than ever before. It is logical that the government
concerned with the issue. It is at the receiving end of both
home-bred terrorism. But it seems that its “strategic ally,” the USA,
concerned about the reality of the ‘War on Terror’ than its theatrical
is evident from the manner in which Pakistan,
major strategic ally of the USA
in our region, has pussy-footed in its efforts to deal with the
Lashkar-e-Toiba, which its ally the USA publicly says is a
second only to Al Qaeda. So much so that its leaders hide under other
and get away on the basis of legal loopholes. The David Headley affair
more surprising, if one follows up on how it happened.
an American citizen of Pakistani origin, who had been arrested on
drug peddling, was not only released but had been frequently touring Pakistan and India
with impunity. We must know
whether he was recruited as an undercover agent in jail. Later, he was
rearrested in the USA
for the masterminds of the Mumbai blasts became hot enough to probably
cover. Yet, cover or not, it is evident that the US
authorities did not give their
Indian counterparts even the basic information they had on the
attacks on Indian soil. They even covered up for him --- if his wives’
information is anything to go by.
arrested, he was, on the basis of legal loopholes, not allowed to meet
detectives. Later, after he had been allegedly tutored, they were
meet him in the USA.
so, he appears to have let on that the whole Mumbai bombings were
masterminded in Pakistan
by the ISI. But that confession does not appear to have hardened the
the global ‘war on terror’ enough to punish Pakistan’s
ISI for its misdeeds. On
the contrary, India
is being pressured to soften its position on bilateral talks with it.
only has the ISI been given a clean chit by the USA;
has been granted 2 billion dollars in arms aid. It is also alleged that
mass murder of Sikhs in Anantnag district of Kashmir was planned by the
but a man no less than President Clinton provided the cover-up by
state who had done it.
appears to be a strange way of dealing with a terrorist state. But it
is not so
strange if one looks at how the USA
has turned blind eye to numerous acts of terrorism by another of its
has been committing such acts over decades. In fact, its role in
West Asia seems parallel to that of Pakistan
in Central and South Asia. The
extends to the manner in which both states became clandestine nuclear
and consistently practise international terrorism, as is evident from Israel’s murderous attacks on
other states, as in Dubai recently, the
destruction of Iraq’s
facility and many other such actions all over West Asia and Africa. Pakistan’s use not only of militant
bases in its
occupied territory in Kashmir, but even its Karachi and Punjab based
involving both Nepal and Bangladesh, remind one of how close the
between the actions of these two states.
is even more shocking is how the man who blew the whistle on Israel’s secret nuclear weapons
Mordechai Vanunu, is still in jail for well over a decade in Israel
having exposed that state’s illegal and criminal activity in the field
nuclear arms production.
may not be too surprised if a rogue state like Israel
does such a thing. But what
if it happens in the “Land of the Free,” like the USA?
This is exactly what happened
to five patriotic Cubans now in jail in the USA
for over twelve years. Their
sole crime is that they set up a fact-finding team to expose Cuban
Luis Posada Cariles and Orlando Boseh Avila. These men are wanted for a
of terrorist crimes including the blowing up of a Cuban passenger plane
people on board in 1976. In all, 3,478 Cubans have been killed in
attacks and 2,099 have been maimed. So it is not surprising that young
intelligent Cubans have been forced to try to stop such activity by
in the bud.
is the crime of the five patriots in jail in Cuba?
They exposed these criminals.
And who are they? Unlike the drug-running criminals who are the
they are well educated young men who have lost the most productive
their lives in US prisons, suffering every sort of privation and
ensure that their countrymen can live lives free of terrorism.
is Gerardo Hernandez Nordelo, born in 1965, a graduate in international
political relations and a well-known cartoonist who has published a
book of his
drawings in 2002. He has been sentenced to two life terms and 15 years.
Labanino Salazar, born in 1963, graduated with the best performance in
economics. He was sentenced to a life term in prison and 18 years. Rene
Gonzales Sehweret, born in 1956 in Chicago,
is a pilot and flight instructor; he has been sentenced to 15 years.
Gonzales Llort, born in 1963, graduated with high marks in
political relations. He has been sentenced to 19 years. Antonio
Rodriguez, born in 1958 in Miami, is an
construction engineer trained in Kiev
in the Ukraine,
and artist. He has been sentenced to life imprisonment and 10 years.
is amazing that such savage sentences have been passed against those
committed no act of violence, by violating judicial proceduresin the USA, by suppressing evidence and
rejecting the right to appeal given to them by the court. On the other
Orlando Bosch and Lusada Cariles are both free in the USA
support by George Bush senior and junior. President Obama had won on
of change. But throughout this period he has done nothing to give
the Cuban Five. Let it be clear that the people of India
will find his call for ‘War
on Terrorism’ less than credible if justice is not done.
who are at the receiving end of both state-sponsored and individual
from across our borders cannot see sense in allying with such an
double-faced entity in a matter of life and death for our people. We
that imperialism offers many blandishments, but it has only its
serve and no friendship to offer. We demand the immediate release of
the Cuban patriots
and will continue our struggle against those who have illegally
until they are released.