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'Terrorist' Label Should Not Be Political

September 18, 2004

Re "Amid Cheers, Terrorists Have Landed in the U.S.," Opinion, Sept. 12: This article has confirmed my worst fears about the current state of things here in the U.S. We talk a lot about saving ourselves and the world from terrorists, about our moral obligation to hunt them wherever they may be. But, as usual, whom we choose to label a terrorist is strictly subjective. It was just last month that federal officials saw no reason to detain, let alone deport, three Cuban exiles who are known and convicted terrorists abroad.

Their targets have been mostly Cuban officials in Castro's government, although they are connected to the assassinations of a Chilean and an American diplomat. This alone should have kept them out of America, but instead these terrorists travel under U.S. passports. It just goes to show how our current administration's definition of a terrorist is tied to its politics and not to any sense of morality or to any idea of justice.

Terrorism is a murky area because it is often the result of injustice, but as a country we cannot pick and choose which "freedom fighters" we support based on local politics.

I don't want these terrorists in my country, and I certainly refuse to support any government that supports them, regardless of the reason it may purport.

Denise Clary-Wilson

Culver City

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