While members of congress lobby to have Cuba’s communist dictatorship taken off the state sponsors of terror list, the regime has yet to face justice for its act of state terrorism, shooting down two American planes on a humanitarian mission. Biden should do something about it.
Cuban terrorists killed four U.S. human-rights activists. Biden should bring them to justice
On a sunny afternoon 27 years ago — Feb 24, 1996 — four human-rights activists searching for rafters on the Florida Straits were murdered by Cuban warplanes. Madeleine Albright, then secretary of state, presented irrefutable evidence to the international community of Cuba’s responsibility for this terrorist act.
After the murders, the White House promised that justice would be done. The Miami Herald reported several indictments, but the trial was never held because of prosecutorial discretion.
Mario de la Peña, 24; Carlos Costa and Pablo Morales, both 30; and Armando Alejandro Jr., 45, were members of the humanitarian organization Brothers to the Rescue. Their two small Cessna aircraft were pulverized by Cuban missiles. Their bodies were never recovered.
Fidel and Raúl Castro were responsible for the crime. Raúl was then minister of the armed forces and has acknowledged he gave the order.
It was a premeditated act of state terrorism.
Fidel died in 2016, 10 years after relinquishing power to his brother. Raúl Castro had been acting president since 2006, formally becoming president on Feb. 24, 2008. He no longer is president, but a member of Cuba’s parliament. No international law provides sovereign immunity to parliamentarians.
The statute of limitations does not apply to terrorist acts, yet, today, some lawmakers in the U.S. Congress support Cuba’s demand that it be removed from the State Department’s terrorist list.
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