The unreliable ally

The unreliable ally

World May 30, 2017 13:54

panama - It may be. For example, you are a loyal ally of the United States, and so there are tens of thousands of G.I. in your backyard. It came across Manuel Noriega, Panama's ex-dictator. He died in the night of Monday on Tuesday at the age of 83.

About the youth of 'El Man', as Noriega called himself, little is known. Even his birth year is not 100% sure. His parents died when he was still young; He was raised by his mother in law. In his high school's almanac he wrote that he wanted to become Panama's president or president.

His first career choice went wrong because he was not admitted to the medical faculty. The second choice has not formally realized Noriega, but actually. He passed the military academy at the end of the 1960s and was taken under the wing of General Omar Torrijos Herrera, who waved the scepter in Panama since 1968.

Noriega developed as the strong man behind Torrijos. He eliminated opponents of the dictator and built a good relationship with American officials on behalf of his boss. In 1981 Torrijos died in a plane crash and took over Noriega's power. Not formal, but because he highly sought presidential candidates and influenced elections, he attracted all Panamanian strings.

While Noriega pretended to be an American ally, he also had close ties with America's enemies. If he was loyal to someone, that was especially for himself. In particular, his relationships with Latin American drug cartels became increasingly problematic for Washington. It led to a break with the US, which Noriega still tried to glue by playing a role in the Iran counter-affair. Whether he, as promised, killed Sandinist rebels in Nicaragua has disappeared in the fog of history. But Washington had enough of him was unequivocally clear on December 20, 1989.

On that day, the United States forces with Operation Just Cause, whose purpose was to protect Americans in Panama, began to restore democracy in the canal state and tackle Noriega. Just two weeks later, at least the third goal was achieved.

For the next 27 years, Noriega spent almost non-stop in jail. Until 2007, it was an American cell, followed by a French shortly and he ended up in a Panamanian cell. Beginning this year, the cell punishment in his country of origin was transformed into a house arrest after the discovery of a benign tumor in his head. Noriega was operated, but eventually he died of complications that occurred during the procedure.

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