US Congressman Declares Respect for Terrorists
August 31, 2006
by RAISA PAGES
Cuban born US Congressman Lincoln Diaz Balart told a Miami TV
audience that he respects and is fond of two notorious anti-Cuba
terrorists Santiago Alvarez and Osvaldo Mitat, both arrested for arms
trafficking. He admitted that he and two other congresspersons are
involved in secret plans to obtain their release.
The confession was analyzed by a group of journalists on the daily
televised program, The Round Table.
The TV footage shows Diaz Balart stating that he felt profound
respect for such people as terrorists Santiago Alvarez and Osvaldo
Mitat who were arrested in November for the illegal possession of a
huge stash of weapons including automatic machineguns, ammunition,
grenades, a grenade launcher, explosives and blasting caps.
Diaz Balart defended his comments cynically saying, "They do not
plant bombs in markets."
The deadly loads planted in hotels and restaurants in Cuba back in
the 1990s by terrorists like Luis Posada Carriles, Alvarez and Mitat,
are seen with sympathy by this lawmaker from the state of Florida,
who justifies the murder of innocent civilians in these cases.
Isn't there an Ethics Committee in the US House of Representatives to
grill Diaz Balart for such statements?, asked The Round Table
panelists, who added that the makers of US policies against Cuba are
disconcerted because of their failures, and wasting their time
speaking about a political transition on the island.
The daily broadcast also discussed other televised comments coming
out of Miami like one made by Diego Sanchez, a representative from
the Cuban Liberty Council-a sister organization of the Cuban American
National Foundation (CANF)- who said that the US Marines should
invade the island.