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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Farewell, Fidel

An era ends.

I doubt whether I'm alone in finding it rather sick to have an American president, elected the first time at least in a rigged election (with the help of Cuban emigres - NOT exiles, please: nothing except greed stops them from returning), presiding over the biggest Gulag since Stalin's, and making excuses for the torture of political prisoners, to be offering to help Cuba "realise the blessings of liberty". Most of us, I imagine, would sooner live under Castro than Bush. Not that he's perfect: he has political prisoners for sure, though many of them have been calling for the violent overthrow of his government, which I suspect would arouse the ire of the average American were it directed against theirs. However, there can be no comparison between the restrictions on freedom imposed by Castro on Cubans and the far greater ones imposed by Bush on Americans. Castro doesn't torture or execute people, and has far fewer people locked up for expressing unacceptable opinions.

I look forward to the day when Cuba enables the USA to realise the blessings of liberty.


At 20 February, 2008 15:24, Blogger Chip said...

What do we do when someone calls for the violent overthrow of our government? We arrest them, we put them on trial for terrorism and either put them in jail or deport them (at least that's what the Brits are doing. I think the US tends to send them to Guantanemo).

What do we do when someone downloads information that talks about the violent overthrow of our government? We arrest them, we put them on trial and we put them in prison or deport them (unless a judge decides there was no proof for intent of terrorism - at least that's what happened in Britian).

Sadam Hussain was executed for killing people who attempted his assassination. Hmmm, what do we do when someone attempts to assassinate our leaders????

Cuba is hardly a place of repressed liberties and the US is anything but the home of freedom.

At 20 February, 2008 16:24, Anonymous JoeInVegas said...

I always wonder why for fifty years we have had a policy of not dealing with Cuba, while Vietman, where we lost a war (yes, when you run away like that it usually means you lost) and thousands of US soldiers died is now a favored trading nation. No US citizen has died because of Castro, I see nothing but the politcal pressure and 'campaign donations' of Cuban exiles in Florida as the reason for our continued stance.


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