Sunday, December 11 2011 @ 04:43 PM EST
Contributed by: Don Winner
Convicted Criminal: Noriega's return serves to remind the Panamanian people that he is, in fact, a convicted criminal who is guilty of drug trafficking, money laundering, and murder. And in fact those convictions only just barely scratch the surface of the crimes he actually committed. And politically speaking, his return further reduces the already dismal chances of the myriad of PRD hopefuls who are jockeying for position to win the party's nomination for the 2014 elections (there are at least nine, at last count). In the minds of the Panamanian electorate the PRD will once again be the party of the murderous dictator - and they don't want any more of that stuff. Meanwhile, Martinelli and his Cambio Democratico administration will be seen as the guys who managed to bring him back to Panama, slam his ass in a cell, and force him to face justice here - finally. And of course the PRD guys are doing everything they can to spin it back around to make Martinelli look bad, any way they can. Politics, it's all politics.
Copyright 2011 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.