Twenty years ago Lori Berenson, a young American, was convicted of assisting a terrorist group in Peru in a plot to assault and seize the Congress in Lima. Soon she will be coming home, her sentenced served.
In The Weekly Standard, I discuss this old case and the likely treatment of Berenson as a martyr and heroine. But all the evidence suggests she did assist the Tupac Amaru group, which both the United States and the EU viewed as a terrorist organization and which committed many acts of violence. There is a certain sadness about this life ruined by a commitment to an ideology that made Berenson back terrorists, but that does not make her someone to admire or honor. The full text of the article appears at the Standard web site here.