Category Archives: Terrorism

Mario Vargas Llosa’s Iraq Chronicles

 

War Trophies - español

Santiago Alba Rico

Translation: David Brookbank, Machetera & Manuel Talens

(From the book “Crimes of War” published by the Committee in Solidarity with the Arab Cause, which includes the report written by brigade members about civilian victims.)

 

Sometimes things are so simple that one allows oneself to be carried away by discouragement; they are so simple and function with so few elements that there is no way to change them.  The worst that can be said about relationships of domination – conjugal, economic or colonial – is that they enormously simplify the mental universe of those involved, reducing it to the two perfect pieces of evidence that have accompanied and legitimized forceful triumph for thousands of years: the superiority of the victor and the inferiority of the vanquished.

In part for reasons of pedantry and in part out of superstition – and with the hope of increasing the fragility of the scenario by exaggerating its complexity – I have searched over much time for more complex and elaborate similarities with more ramifications.  But I give up.   Everything is so simple that it will endure, so plain that it will not fall apart: every one of those gestures that we call “Western,” each and every one of its parliaments and chatter, its toys, its depressions, its newspapers, its shopping baskets, its values, each one of its Christmas decorations and each of its electro-domestics, presuppose and reinforce the most simple and virtuous contempt for everyone else; the most generous, friendly, genuine and proper minimization of the Other; the sweetest, most intelligent, and most moderate negation of our neighbor.   Continue reading

Fishing with Posada Carriles – the continued banality of evil

Adolf Eichmann, left...Luis Posada Carriles, right

“Eichmann’s memory…was certainly not controlled by chronological order, but it was not simply erratic.  It was like a storehouse, filled with human-interest stories of the worst type.  When he thought back to Prague, there emerged the occasion when he was admitted to the presence of the great Heydrich, who showed himself to have a “more human side.”  A few sessions later, he mentioned a trip to Bratislava, in Slovakia, where he happened to be at the time when Heydrich was assassinated.  What he remembered was that he was there as the guest of Sano Mach, Minister of the Interior in the German-established Slovakian puppet government.  (In that strongly anti-Semitic Catholic government, Mach represented the German version of anti-Semitism; he refused to allow exceptions for baptized Jews and he was one of the persons chiefly responsible for the wholesale deportation of Slovak Jewry.)  Eichmann remembered this because it was unusual for him to receive social invitations from members of governments; it was an honor.  Mach, as Eichmann recalled, was a nice easygoing fellow who invited him to bowl with him.  Did he really have no other business in Bratislava in the middle of the war than to go bowling with the Minister of the Interior?  No, absolutely no other business; he remembered it all very well, how they bowled, and how drinks were served just before the news of the attempt on Heydrich’s life arrived.”

Hannah Arendt, Eichmann in Jerusalem  – A Report on the Banality of Evil (1963)

And so, in 2010, we arrive at the news that Francisco Chávez Abarca, Luis Posada Carriles errand boy who was arrested in Venezuela in July, has been singing like a canary to Cuban investigators.  According to Chávez Abarca, his boss Posada, the biggest terrorist in the Western Hemisphere, checks in with the CIA before each one of his terrorist “hits” against Cuba, and also enjoyed warm relations with many former rightwing presidents of El Salvador, including Francisco Flores (1999-2004), who used to go fishing with Posada. Continue reading

Miami: Terrorist Eden

Mafia Network Involved in Murder of Venezuelan Prosecutor Danilo Anderson Finds Sanctuary in Miamiespañol

By Jean-Guy Allard

Translation: Machetera

“My brother was a victim of an international plot, involving a number of people who, upon realizing they were being investigated by the Public Ministry, fled the country and are currently being protected by the United States government, “ said Lourdes Suarez Anderson, denouncing the murder of her brother, the Venezuelan prosecutor Danilo Anderson.

In an interview from Caracas, Suarez, also an attorney, indicated that “despite the countless requests that the Attorney General’s office has made to have them brought to Venezuela,” a number of suspects have found refuge and protection in the country that denounces all “sponsors of terrorism” at its convenience.

In fact, with the “disappearance” to the United States of the banking grifter Nelson Mezerhane, one of the main people involved in the crime, there are now around a dozen individuals linked in one way or another with Anderson’s murder who now reside in U.S. territory. Continue reading

Francisco Chávez Abarca: a very big fish

Terrorist’s Capture a Warning of Possible Conspiracy Against Venezuelan Government - español

Translation: Machetera for Tlaxcala

teleSUR (Caracas) – Venezuela’s lawyer in the Posada Carriles case, José Pertierra, warned that the terrorist recently arrested near the International Maiquetía airport (in the northern state of Vargas), Francisco Chávez Abarca, “is not the person who detonated or placed the bomb,” but the person who recruited killers to carry out the action.  He urged authorities to investigate “who was going to meet with this individual” during his time in Caracas.

Venezuela’s attorney in the extradition case of Luis Posada Carriles, José Pertierra, warned that the presence in this Latin American country of the terrorist Francisco Chávez Abarca, who was arrested this Thursday, could respond to a planned conspiracy against the government of President Hugo Chávez and even an attempt on his life.

“I’m sure that (Chávez Abarca) didn’t come to Venezuela to get some sun on Isla de Margarita.  It’s very probable that he had a hidden, terrorist plan,” Pertierra warned in an exclusive interview with teleSUR. Continue reading

Luis Posada Carriles’ right hand man, Francisco Chávez Abarca, nabbed in Venezuela

"Potbelly" Francisco Chávez Abarca is on the Interpol Most Wanted list for his involvement in various explosive attacks in Cuba in the 1990's

Francisco Chávez Abarca, Posada Carriles’ Right Hand Man, Captured in Venezuela - español

Translation: Machetera for Tlaxcala

Hugo Chávez, Venezuela’s president, reported today that the Salvadoran Francisco Chávez Abarca, accused of being Luis Posada Carriles’ right hand man, and the author of various explosive attacks in Cuba, was arrested in a nighttime intelligence operation on Thursday when he tried to enter Venezuela.

In an address from Miraflores Palace (the government headquarters), the Venezuelan leader explained that Abarca was arrested in the airport at Maiquetía (in the north) and was transferred to the headquarters of the Bolivarian Intelligence Service (SEBIN) for interrogation.

Nicknamed “Potbelly,” Chávez Abarca is on Interpol’s Most Wanted list due to his implication in various attacks with explosives in Cuba in the 1990’s. Continue reading

Waiting for Posada Carriles to die

Telesur (Caracas) – José Pertierra: “The United States would prefer to see Posada Carriles dead rather than extradite him.”español

Translation: Machetera

José Pertierra, the lawyer representing Venezuela in the case of the extradition petition for the terrorist Luis Posada Carriles, says that the U.S. Department of Justice is seeking a biological solution for the case.  The solution is to prolong the trial, because “the more time that passes, the more probable it is that he’ll die and do away with the extradition case.”

“That’s why, at every opportunity, the prosecution asks for a delay, because the solution they’re seeking is a biological solution; they’d rather see him dead than extradited.  It’s not that they want to kill him, but they know that he’s an elderly man and the more time that passes, the more probable it is that he’ll die and do away with the extradition case,” he said in an interview granted to teleSUR. Continue reading

Washington’s Cuban cannery

“…a genuine national political movement cannot be manufactured in the capital of the enemy.  Parties and movements are not exportable commodities, because a political party cannot be bought and sold as though it were a can of spam… That this kind of foreign production might have any kind of legitimacy in Cuba is a myth that is only believed by those who do not know Cuba and do not live there.”

The War Against Cuba: New Budgets, Same Premise - español

José Pertierra

Translation: Machetera

Presidents in Washington come and go, but the end goal of U.S. foreign policy remains the same: derail the governments who dare to defend their national sovereignty and destroy any revolution that ventures toward a different world than that which is programmed for them.  The weapons that the United States has used in its offensive against Cuba have evolved over the last fifty years, but the war remains the same.

Cubanologists in Washington and Miami want to build a supposed socio-political movement in Cuba as a tool of subversion.  But a genuine national political movement cannot be manufactured in the capital of the enemy. Parties and movements are not exportable commodities, because a political party cannot be bought and sold as though it were a can of spam. Continue reading