US Professor proposes Miami Five for Nobel Prize
Campaign News | Thursday, 13 May 2004
James Petras says the heroes deserve Peace Prize
Havana, May 13 (Prensa Latina) Renowned US writer and sociologist James Petras has proposed the five Cubans imprisoned in the United States for combating terrorism originating in Florida, as candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize.
In his proposal, Professor Petras (SUNY, Binghamton) pointed out that compiling information about terrorist groups that conspire to commit acts of violence is an accepted national security policy in every part of the world.
Gerardo Hernandez, Antonio Guerrero, Rene Gonzalez, Ramon Labanino and Fernando Gonzalez, he said, played an exemplary role in the world fight against terrorism - the facts obtained by them allowed Cuban authorities to capture terrorists and identify and neutralize maritime attacks and violations of Cuba?s airspace.
Petras recapped the background of 45 years of bombings and other sabotage, carried out against the Cuban people by the Cuban-American Foundation and other terrorist groups in Florida, condoned, financed and/or tolerated by Washington, to a public audience in Havana discussing the case of the Cuban Five this week.
To defend the Cuban people from such imminent violent attacks, including assassination plots against leaders and diplomats, Gerardo Hernandez, Antonio Guerrero, Rene Gonzalez, Ramon Labanino and Fernando Gonzalez assumed the task of gathering information from the terrorist groups.
The US government arrested the Cuban Five, not for spying -they never spied on US civil or military installations- but for disrupting the terrorist network based in Miami, he said.
The Cuban Five exposed the hypocrisy of Washington?s "anti-terrorist" policy before, during, and after September 11, 2001, which used the anti-terrorist intelligence offered by the Cuban government to identify and try the Cuban Five, giving carte blanche to the terrorists to continue their attacks.