April 07, 2009
How Hard Can It Be?
See? The Peruvians can do it.
LIMA, Peru — A special tribunal convicted former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori of murder and kidnapping on Tuesday and sentenced him to 25 years in prison, saying he authorized a government death squad during the Shining Path insurgency.
The 70-year-old former leader, who remains popular for rescuing Peru from the brink of economic and political collapse in the early 1990s, was convicted of what the court called “crimes against humanity,” including 25 murders by a military hit squad.
Presiding judge Cesar San Martin told a hushed courtroom there was no question Fujimori authorized the creation of the Colina unit, which the court said killed at least 50 people during its 15 months as the state crushed the fanatical Shining Path rebels.
Posted by Jerome Doolittle at April 07, 2009 03:53 PM
Big deal. We just had a vice President who ran a snuff squad out of the White House that was likely authorized by someone higher up the chain of command. And he'll likely never pay the price for his vicious crimes. The only one who might get a measure of punishment is Cheney, who might get stressed enough to have a heart attact. The "superior" of this Vice President is and was indifferent to any human suffering.
How are we any different from fascist and communist countries that killed anyone that got in their way. Justice delayed is Justice denied. These guys will get to live out a life of luxury the rest of their days. I'm generally opposed to the death penalty, but would reserve it for those who kill tens, hundreds, or even a million people in the name of their government. And that puts two recent leaders from the United States on my list of mass murderers.
I'm ready for a truth and reconciliation squad. However reconciliation doesn't mean letting murderers off scot free.
Good for Peru though. It's still much later than it should have been.
Scott Horton at Harper's No Comment plug takes this fact and proceeds a step further, analogizing the facts to virtually the same conduct we now see is what happened here, analogizing that the crimes are "exactly" the same as the Pformer President and some others were doing. So where's the Obama Administration and the Justice Department? Lost in Space?
The president ran a vigorous counter-terrorism program. With super-secret clearances, he caused terrorists and their helpers to be “disappeared” and tortured for intelligence value. Several of them died in the process. His assistants succeeded in keeping all of this under wraps for years, but then, after he left office, prosecutors began a painstaking process of establishing the facts. The penalty? Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori sentenced to twenty-five years for crimes essentially identical to those committed by George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney. Former President Bush, behold what the future may hold in store:
The former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori was today convicted of kidnapping and murder and sentenced to 25 years in what was described as a landmark ruling for human rights cases in Latin America. A three-judge panel found the 70-year-old guilty of authorising a military death squad during the state’s “dirty war” against Maoist rebels in the 1990s. The 15-month trial, held at a special forces police base just outside the capital, Lima, was the first time a democratically elected Latin American leader had been tried on home soil for human rights abuses.
“This court declares that the four charges against him have been proven beyond all reasonable doubt,” Judge Cesar San Martin told the courtroom.
All these years we've been told "It can't happen here". Yes it can. The years 2000-2008 are proof. Too bad the Yes We Can (do something about it) crowd who promised that the slogan mean what it implied isn't.