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The Bin Laden's of the Americas

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Luis Posada Carriles and Orlando Bosch are names that probably don't mean much to the majority of the Huffington Post readers, at least not unless they reside in Miami or Cuba. Alfa 66, Omega 7 and Brothers to the Rescue also may not seem like anything other than a strange variation on frat names for most. But for people living in Miami and others still living in Cuba, all of these names are famous and at most times, infamous. They are the names of some of the individuals and organizations or groups of people that have made a life, or better said, a living out of proclaiming their desire to "free" or "liberate" Cuba by any and all means necessary. This is not something that is often mentioned in the main stream media in the United States and it wouldn't be expected if it not be that all of these people and organizations or groups reside precisely in the territory of the United States, hence they carry out their "work" from US soil.

These groups and individuals not only have tried to exercise their right to "liberate" a foreign land from within a foreign territory they have also garnered fame for making life impossible, unbearable and at times ending the lives of those individuals in the United States that simply do not take part in their intents and actions.

In the mid 1970s any and all groups of people within the United States that professed any desire to establish the slightest dialogue with the nation of Cuba, or with its people, on any level, were persecuted by these people and groups working out of Miami and New Jersey. There were bomb threats, there were bombs exploding, there were car bombs, there were drive by shootings, there were death threats there was havoc. This lasted well into the 1980s. People actually lost their lives in the United States because of this. In Cuba over 3000 people died.

The other day, on October 6th, the western hemisphere commemorated the 33 anniversary of the first terrorist attack against a civilian aircraft in the region. It is commonly known in Cuba as "Barbados" because the Cubana de Aviacion flight exploded over the waters of Barbados shortly after takeoff. Seventy three passengers and crew were on board. All of them perished in a split second after two explosions on board downed the plane into the Caribbean Sea. The seventy three included Cuba's entire Olympic fencing team back from an international meet in Caracas Venezuela. Hugo Chavez was not president then. The athletes ranged in ages from 17 to 27.

The culprits were found and tried. They then escaped prison. They are now free and roaming the streets of South Florida.

In the 1990s Cuba's economy went into downfall; it needed a boost; it turned to tourism. Again, all of those that couldn't take the idea of rapprochement acted. Bombs began going off in hotel lobbies, an Italian tourist lost his life; Fabio di Celmos father, lost a son.

Cuba had to act this time, there was nothing else to do.

And so it was that in the late 90s, the Cuban government let the US government -- through a very reputable envoy -- know that it was going to have to take matters into its own hands if nothing else to protect its citizens. And so it did.

Organizations were infiltrated in South of Florida that were operating against Cuban tourist spots and in general, against Cuba. Their sole objective was to inform to Cuban authorities who then would inform to the United States on the attacks before they occurred.

These men were taken into custody by FBI agents in 1998 in a raid after only a few years of actually really getting any work done, none of which put the United States national security at risk; actually quite to the contrary, in the end, and as much of the facts prove, these men are the first known fighters against the war on terror in the region -- way before president Bush thought of coining the phrase. The only difference is that they were fighting terrorism against Cuba and those that support any kind of normalcy with Cuba.

Yesterday the New York Times had something to say on this issue. I hope you read about it. At least I recommend the article to those that have read this far.

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