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Al-Jazeera Indignant Over Cuban-Exile 'Terrorist'

Sunday, 15 May 2005 12:00 AM

The Qatar-based network also filmed several suicide bombings in Iraq. Later, U.S. military authorities found it interesting that Al-Jazeera's camera crews had somehow appeared at the site of one bombings well BEFORE the bombings, and had started setting up the cameras and taking light readings. Hmmmmm.

Al-Jazeera also found a way to film U.S. prisoners being interrogated by Iraqi terrorists. In September 2003, Al-Jazeera's most high-profile reporter, Tayssir Allouni, famous for landing the interview with Osama bin Laden, was arrested and indicted in Spain as a suspected al-Qaida bagman or agent.

Now this august outfit, in a headline dated May 11, labels Cuban exile and later Venezuelan resident Luis Posada Carriles as "The Cuban Jet Bomber." The article dutifully quotes "President" Fidel Castro (quotation marks mine) as calling Posada "the most famous and cruel terrorist of the Western Hemisphere!"

This from the "President" who pleaded, begged and even tried to cajole Khrushchev into igniting a nuclear war, who plotted to set off 500 kilos of TNT in Macy's, Gimbels, Bloomingdale's and Grand Central Station the day of the Macy's parade 1962 (See

The infamous Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, also known as "Carlos the Jackal" (the most adept and murderous terrorist of the '70s), received his training and later found refuge in Castroland. Is it any wonder "President" Castro finds a handy megaphone in Al-Jazeera?

From his official babblings lately you'd think Castro himself rides a camel to the presidential office every morning and dutifully performs his ablutions before a lunch of couscous and dried dates. "A world order based on the Koranic model must figure in the agenda of every future forum for alternative world orders!" Castro proclaimed a few years ago.

Actually his Islamic realpolitik had started decades earlier. Castro can sniff out and exploit anti-Americanism from ANY source, be it Hollywood, Venezuela or a Persian mullahcracy. In 1981, when Ayatollah Khomeini's delegation visited Cuba, lifelong atheist Castro hailed "the revolutionary role of Islam!" and invited the Islamic Republic of Iran to open an embassy in Cuba.

Then on his famous visit to Teheran in May 2001, Castro crowed, "Iran and Cuba, in cooperation with each other, can bring America to its knees!" He was arm in arm with the mullahs at Teheran University at the time, and just cranking up: "One shah remains in the world – the shah of imperialism, which is entrenched near my homeland! But as the shah of Iran was overthrown, this shah, too, will fall!"

The same tour took Castro to Malaysia, where, beside a beaming President Mahatir Mohamad, Castro admitted that he was a "great admirer of the Islamic religion." And if you can't believe Castro, then who can you believe?

According to Al-Jazeera, Luis Posada Carriles "has been fingered by an FBI informer" as "being behind" the 1976 bombing of a Cubana Airlines jet which had departed from Venezuela. The plane exploded in midair and claimed the lives of 73 people. Carriles has applied for asylum in the U.S.

The Al-Jazeera story does mention that "Posada was arrested in Venezuela after the attacks, but he wasn't convicted before he escaped from prison." They're right that Carriles "wasn't convicted," but this "CNN of the Arab World" left out an important detail. Its headline labels him outright as "The Cuban Jet Bomber" – yet Carriles was in fact ACQUITTED – TWICE – of that jet bombing. One acquittal came from a military court, another from a civilian court. Not a word about this from Al-Qaida's favorite news network.

So, let's await the outcome of the network's former star reporter, Tayssir Allouni's, trial (currently under way in Spain). Allouni himself has admitted to being "very pessimistic" about his prospects. And let's long for the day when Al-Jazeera's valued source, "President" Castro, shuffles into court in handcuffs to answer for his 46-year reign of murder and terror against an entire nation.

Humberto Fontova is the author of

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