Forty years after the cold-blooded murder of a New Jersey state trooper, the fugitive convicted of the killing, Joanne Chesimard a.k.a. Assata Shakur, has been named a Most Wanted Terrorist by the FBI—apparently the first woman ever to make the list.
|Joanne Chesimard and Marilyn Buckon FBI wanted poster|
The accusation of "violence" or "terrorism" no longer has the negative meaning it used to have. It has acquired new clothing; a new color. It does not divide, it does not discredit; on the contrary, it represents a center of attraction. Today, to be "violent" or a "terrorist" is a quality that ennobles any honorable person, because it is an act worthy of a revolutionary engaged in armed struggle against the shameful military dictatorship and its atrocities.The Cuban dictatorship published copies of the Mini-Manual in numerous languages and distributed copies worldwide in an effort to encourage urban guerrilla action and terrorism. Many on the left consider Joanne Chesimard a political prisoner because the murder of the police officer was politically motivated. However, she is not a prisoner of conscience because of the acts of violence she committed and continues to espouse to the present day.
This is also one more reason why the government in Cuba should remain on the list of state sponsors of terrorism.