Time Magazine has a good article today in regards to the reasons why the nations of Latin America looked the other way when George W. Bush unleashed his so-called war on terror.
The answer is very clear: it reeks of hypocrisy. Bush, the daddy pardoned Orlando Bosch, and Bush the son gave protection and refuge to Luis Posada Carriles. They are both international terrorists at the service and pay of Uncle Sam.
This may change under our new President Barack Obama. The new indictments on Wednesday of this week on eleven new charges against Posada in regards to his involvement in the 1997 terrorist bombings in Havana may indicate a new direction.
Here is the starting paragraph in the article by By Tim Padgett and Siobhan Morrissey:
"There's a piñata of reasons why relations between the U.S. and Latin America deteriorated under George W. Bush. But the most serious was Bush's petulant assumption that the region didn't back his war on terror, especially after most Latin American governments refused to bless his invasion of Iraq. But Latins argue they had a hard time taking the Bush crusade seriously when he himself was harboring a suspected terrorist. That would be Luis Posada Carriles, a Cuban exile, suspected, arrested and once convicted (though later pardoned) in various countries for crimes that included the 1976 bombing of a Cuban jetliner that killed 73 people; the 1997 bombings of two Havana hotels that killed an Italian tourist; and a 2000 plot to assassinate Fidel Castro. After entering the U.S. illegally in 2005, Posada, 81, is today a free man in Miami."