: : : PS, If Castro had come to Seattle for the WTO, would he have been arrested for ordering the shootdown of those two private cessenas a couple of years ago? Remember?
: : He didn't come. Obviously, he isn't that stupid.
: : : A couple of Mig's shot down two civilian cessenas. Boy, real Cuban aces!! LOL!
: : It's hardly surprising;on May the 6th 1971 the US-supported Cuban exiles used bioweapons in Cuba which resulted in an epidemic of swine fever and the destruction of 500,000 pigs.
: : The Cessnas only appeared to be dropping propaganda leaflets, but the Cuban authorities weren't going to take any risks, so they warned them repeatedly to back off and shot them down when they didn't.
: : The Cessnas were not only acting in violation of Cuban law, they were acting in direct violation of international law and US law; the Cubans were legally well within their rights to shoot down the intruders; and any US court that tried to arrest Castro for that would have to break US and international law to do so.
: You guys are priceless; I figured you'd go into overdrive about the ballsy way that Reagan told the World Court to kiss his ass when he was mining Managua Bay.
Nah. Everyone *knows* that Reagan was a fruitcake. The man who famously stated that trees caused more pollution than cars was never likely to be Mr. Rational, after all.
We *could* try him for crimes against humanity; there's more than enough evidence, after all; but he's no longer compos mentis anyway; it would be a waste of effort.
: But instead you squawk about two unarmed cessnas flying in broad day, having already notified Cuban officials of their plans, being legitimatly being shot down by supersonic Migs. M'Gawd.
Well, at least it was a pair of Cessnas filled with right-wing nutters breaking every international law in the book; and not a defenceless airliner shot down without warning...
Hey, Frenchy; I'm going to kill you.
- now does that make it legal or ethical for me to kill you?; of course it doesn't. The fact that I notified you first doesn't make an ounce of difference.
: By the way, where ya been?
Here and there; smashing the WTO meeting in Seattle, rioting in London, marching in Paris; demonstrating in Geneva; you know how it is.
The good thing about being an activist and being so fiercely opposed by riot police everywhere is that you can be sure that everyone with the balls to walk down a street with you despite the hail of teargas cannisters is committed to the cause. Unlike the apathetic masses that fuel capitalism - who are happy for millions to die supporting their cheap commodities; but will be the first to whinge when their neighbourhoods start suffering from global warming-related symptoms; increased vector-borne diseases, lessening stocks of fresh water and lower crop yields and a higher incidence of extreme weather conditions.
Being baton-charged and having your head kicked in does separate the men from the boys...any of you armchair free-marketeers prepared to take to the streets to demoonstrate in support of the free market?
Ho hum; must go; have to form a shadowy anarchist terror group somewhere; you know how it is.
(who would like to point out that he is a pacifist...)