Letter of the day: Why's America not on that terror list?
THE EDITOR, Sir:
Recently, the American president announced that Cuba was being removed from its State Department's list of countries that sponsor terrorism. One of the 'benefits' that any country gets being on that list is that it is denied support from the United States.
Now, one of the criteria for any country to grace this American terrorist list is that it must be deemed by the American government to be an active supporter of 'terrorist acts'. However, if this is a requirement, one cannot help but wonder why it is that the United States itself isn't on that list.
From as far back as one can remember, the United States has been doing all it can to have its way, using what many would call terrorist methods. From the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion attempt on Cuba, when what the Cubans called 'bandits' and 'riff-raffs' were armed, to fight Castro, to the arming of what the Russians called terrorists in Afghanistan during the 1980s, to the support it gave to Chile's Augusto Pinochet's bloody revolution in Chile in 1973.
Added to this is what many have called America's 'terroristic' efforts today to sabotage Iran and North Korea. We should also include what Venezuela today is calling America's efforts to destroy the country. America's involvement in what many would call global terrorism is very long, indeed.
Of course, other powers have been doing the same thing for as long as we can remember, and what might be viewed as 'terrorism' to some may be viewed as 'liberation war' to others.
Needless to say, not many countries see much credibility to this 'terrorism' list. While it has some force, in that America uses it as a guide to deny aid to those countries that are unfortunate enough to be on it, very few countries would agree that America, perhaps of all others, really has any moral authority to be condemning others for terrorist acts.
MICHAEL A. DINGWALL