Monday, 4 June 2018

FEMALE TERRORISTS -- Is It Love? Is It Hate?

Today's BBC report on Safaa Boular, Britain's youngest convicted Islamic terrorist reminds me of our own youngest, Ana Maria Gonzalez.

She was 17 years-old when she placed 700 grams of trotyl below the pillow of police chief General Cardozo on June 18, 1976. Ana Maria had befriended the general's daughter in school and visited the Cardozo home often.

On that June 18, Ana Maria sat in the family living room chatting with her friend then excused herself and went to the toilet. She slipped into the general's bedroom, placed the bomb and joined her friend for a while.

When General Cardozo leaned his head on the pillow that night, he was killed instantly. His wife was seriously injured.

Ana Maria Gonzalez - from Sudestada magazine.

Ana Maria got away with the murder and went on to become the Montonero poster child in the struggle for democracy. That didn't last long. Shortly after the Cardozo killing, Ana Maria was detained at a checkpoint; there was a shootout and she was fatally wounded. Montoneros burned her body in a field.

Many of the female terrorists in Argentina did not radicalize for love. Their crimes were fuelled by resentment, and by rage at the fascists who ruled and the oligarchs who supported them.