One of the vilest and cruelist men the world has ever seen, the dictator that killed countless people who disagreed with him, is dead at 83!
Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, a onetime U.S. ally who was ousted as Panama’s dictator by an American invasion in 1989, died late Monday at age 83.
Noriega ruled with an iron fist, ordering the deaths of those who opposed him and keeping the nation of Panama in constant fear.
From the 1950s until shortly before the U.S. invasion, Noriega worked closely with the U.S. CIA as one of their most valued intelligence sources he was also one of the primary conduits for illicit weapons, military equipment and cash destined for U.S.-backed counter-insurgency forces throughout Central and South America.
But Noriega was also a major cocaine trafficker, something the U.S. government was aware of for years. Noriega was allowed to continue because of his usefulness for their covert military operations in Latin America.
The ‘correctness’ of that decision has been debated for decades.
He was taken down on drug charges and removed from power in 1989.
Noriega was accused of helping Colombia’s Medellin cocaine cartel ship “tons and tons of a deadly white powder” to the United States.
Noriega served a 17-year drug sentence in the United States, then was sent to face charges in France.
Panama asked France to extradite Noriega so he could face trial for human rights violations there.
He was extradited and spent all but the last few months of his final years in a Panamanian prison for murder of political opponents during his 1983-89 regime.
In recent years Noriega suffered with many illnesses including a brain tumor, high blood pressure and bronchitis.
On February 5, 2012, Noriega was moved from the El Renacer prison to the Hospital Santo Tomas because of high blood pressure and a brain hemorrhage. He remained in the hospital for four days before being returned to prison.
In 2016, doctors detected the rapid growth of the benign brain tumor that had first been spotted four years earlier. The following January a court granted him house arrest to prepare for surgery on the tumor.
In January 2017, he was released from prison and placed under house arrest to prepare for surgery that would remove a benign tumor that was first discovered in 2011.
During the surgery on 7 March 2017, he suffered a brain hemorrhage which left him in critical condition in the intensive care unit of Santo Tomas hospital in Panama City.
Noriega died on May 29, 2017.
Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela announced Noriega’s death on Twitter shortly before midnight, writing, “The death of Manuel A. Noriega closes a chapter in our history; his daughters and his relatives deserve to bury him in peace.”
The world is rid of a very cruel man who’s impact reached much further than the borders of Panama.
The world will never know the damage his drugs did to people in the United States and other countries.
There is no way to count the number of people that died via South American drug cartels.
Who knows how many died directly at the hands of Noriega in Panama because they dared to speak out against his tyranny.
He is finally gone and good riddence!
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