Monday, March 21, 2016

What Obama Must Do in Cuba

Chesimard 2
Joanna Chesimard aka Assata Shakur

If President Obama accomplishes one important thing in Cuba this week, he should demand the extradition of US terrorists who are wanted and have found refuge in Cuba. That includes cop-killer Joanna Chesimard aka Assata Shakur.

Just recently, one of the men who helped break Chesimard out of prison, Sekou Odinga, aka Nathaniel Burns, spoke at UC Irvine, hosted by the African-American Studies Department and the School of Humanities. Without question, the above entities advertised Sekou as a former "US political prisoner of war" (He served 33 years in prison for attempted murder of police officers.) It also referred to the "liberation" of Shakur.

It appears that the above announcement has now been taken down. I don't know if this had anything to do with my letter of protest to the dean of the School of Humanities.

At any rate, President Obama has a moral duty to press the Cubans for the extradition of these criminals back to US justice. I will be pleasantly surprised if he does.


Siarlys Jenkins said...

Oh give it up. This obsession with Assata Shakur is absurd. She's lived most of her life in Cuba, and she's going to die there.

Gary Fouse said...

She's a cop killer, Siarlys. I never give that up.

Siarlys Jenkins said...

A dubious claim at best. Keep it up in the privacy of your den, but don't expect the long term interests of two nations to be held hostage to such ancient obsessions. The police, I must say, are a very different institution than they were back then, and have really worked at becoming a force that protects and serves, not one that dominates and takes. But there is still a ways to go.

I might add that there have always been some truly dedicated public servants among the police. Mike Royko pointed out that the honest cops in Daley's Chicago tended to be in the armed robbery division, because it is not wise to negotiate for a bribe with an armed hold-up man.