The US terrorist as UN ambassador:
John Negroponte heads US Mission to the United Nations
All Latin America held its breath when, on September 13, 2001, the Foreign Affairs Committee of the US Senate accepted President George W Bush's candidate, John D Negroponte, for the post of Ambassador to the United Nations. Soon after, the nomination was confirmed by the Senate Plenary Session. America's former ambassador in Honduras is considered to be one of the most dangerous terrorists of North American imperialism, who was involved in the organisation of the war by Contra bandits against Nicaragua. However, Negroponte's name had surfaced even earlier, during his deployment as political adviser to the US embassy in Saigon, and he came to be known as "Mr Vietnam" in the National Security Council — a name synonymous with blood and brutality. The graduate of the elitist Yale University has a long-standing reputation as a confidante of extreme right-wing circles in the USA, notably the anti- Cuban mafia. It is an open secret that he was involved with the formulation and passage of the notorious Helms-Burton law, aiming at tightening Cuba's economic strangulation. In Honduras, Negroponte indulged in his fascist passions. On orders from President Reagan he took the initiative for all anti-communist operations against Nicaragua's Sandinistas, and the National Liberation Front Farabundo Marti (FMLN) in El Salvador. He armed the Contras with huge quantities of weaponry to the value of many millions of US dollars, established training camps for the bandits near the Nicaraguan border, and organised hundreds of US "collaborators" to be within reach of his embassy at Tegucigalpa. Under Negroponte US military aid to Honduras was increased from US$4 million to US$7.4 million. According to the Baltimore Sun the "diplomat" ensured the establishment of Special Battalion 316 by the Honduran army, which was trained and instructed by the US secret service. Among the terror acts perpetrated by this unit is the murder of 32 women, who were thrown out of choppers. Within five years Battalion 316 was responsible for the deaths under horrendous tortures of at least 184 persons. Every one of the officers from this unit has passed through US training camps. In 1994 the Human Rights Commission of Honduras published a report about military terrorism, which pointed directly at Negroponte as the instigator of these acts. Now the chief terrorist of the Contra war against Nicaragua, the Cuba-hater and professional anti-communist John Negroponte sits at the table of the Security Council of the United Nations, where human rights are on the agenda. No doubt he is familiar with the subject-matter, since he knows better than anyone how to trample on human rights.
* * *Red Fox, German Communist Party, Berlin, kindly translated by Dr Vera Butler.