In fighting the "Shining Path" insurgency (read terrorists) President Fujimori stepped over the line and when indicted, he returned to Peru to face the music. At the same time, it looks like his daughter, legislator Keiko Fujimori, is going to run for President of Peru in 2011. She is one of the front runners.
Keiko Fujimori, a popular lawmaker, said many voters in Peru will start flocking to her family's party to protest the 25-year prison sentence her father received on Tuesday. He was found guilty of ordering two massacres that killed 25 people in the 1990s, when he was battling Maoist insurgents.But, back to Cuba and Castro and Congress.
Despite the verdict, polls show a third of Peruvians still support the man credited with defeating the Shining Path guerrillas and enacting free-market economic reforms that helped generate years of growth.
"This sentence, which was so extreme, will be like a boomerang for people who think the Fujimori movement has been defeated," Keiko Fujimori, 33, told Peru's foreign press club.
A "very healthy, very energetic" Fidel Castro asked visiting Congressional Black Caucus members what Cuba could do to help President Barack Obama improve bilateral relations during his first meeting with U.S. officials since falling ill in 2006.I guess that since Mr Castro didn't relinquish power through the electoral process and since he was teamed up with that popular psychopath and homophobe Ernesto "Che" Guevara, he gets a pass.
Caucus leader Rep. Barbara Lee, a Democrat from California, said the ailing former Cuban president talked for nearly two hours with her and two other delegation members on Tuesday in a meeting seen as signaling Cuba's willingness to discuss better relations with the United States.
The nice thing about our form of government is that we have separation of powers. On the other hand, it allows individual pockets within the government to do silly things. I am for opening full relations with Cuba. I would just like our elected officials to recognize that the passing of decades doesn't mean that President Fidel Castro is now innocent of murder and imprisonment of those who didn't agree with him.
I am just asking for a little historic balance here—or at least recognition of Peru for being a much better government nation than poor Cuba.
Regards — Cliff