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Subject: Re: CRACK DOWN ON CASTRO
Date: Wed, 31 Jul 2002 04:24:49 +0100
NNTP-Posting-Date: Wed, 31 Jul 2002 04:23:34 BST
Organization: blueyonder (post doesn't reflect views of blueyonder)
PEDRO MARTORI wrote in message
> Subject: Date: Friday, July 26, 2002 11:35 AM
> CRACK DOWN ON CASTRO
> By Christopher Cox and Lincoln Diaz-Balart
> Washington Times - Julio 25, 2002
> As we approach the first anniversary of September 11, we
> can take
> comfort that the entire civilized world has joined in condemning
> terrorism in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. Nowhere has
> this support
> been stronger than in our own hemisphere, where the leaders of
> every nation
> have joined our fight - all except one.
> The Castro regime does not support the war on terrorism.
> According to
> Secretary of State Colin Powell and Secretary of the Treasury
> Paul O'Neill in
> an extraordinary joint letter to Congress:
> "The Cuban government has refused to cooperate with the
> coalition's efforts to combat terrorism, refusing to provide
> about al Qaeda. On June 8, 2002, [Fidel] Castro compared the U.S.
> against terrorism with Hitler's Third Reich. Castro said, 'What
> is the
> difference between [America´s anti-terrorism] philosophy and
> those of the
> Nazis?' "
> It doesn't end there. Cuba is working with Iranian leader
HOW DO YOU KNOW?
How could a poxy little country like Cuba possibly undermine America? I
remember years ago your leaders saying that a Communist takeover in Vietnam
would undermine the American way of life, whatever that is, and look what
> Ali Khamenei to undermine America. In a meeting with Mr. Khamenei
> last year,
> Mr. Castro said that, in cooperation with each other, Iran and
> Cuba can
> destroy America. He added that "the United States regime is very
> weak, and we
> are witnessing this weakness from close up."
WERE YOU THERE? DID YOU HEAR HIM?
> Senior State Department officials have discussed publicly
> the threat
> of Cuba's bioterrorism program. As we rush to protect our
> citizens from
> smallpox and anthrax, Mr. Castro is diverting the resources of
> desperately poor economy to offensive biological-warfare research
> development, and selling biotechnology to other rogue states. "We
> concerned that such technology could support bioweapons programs
> in those
> states," says John Bolton, U.S. Undersecretary of State for Arms
> Control and
> International Security.
Using Sept 11th as an reason to fight terrorism is perfectly reasonable, but
to use it as an excuse to attack a small country who's government the US has
a grudge against is not on.
It's almost as bloody pathetic as Thatcher destroying our mining industry in
revenge for the first miners' strike bringing down the government of Edward
It's all a matter of grudge. Nothing to do with terrorism.
> Even more than with al Qaeda terrorists based in
> Afghanistan, Pakistan
> or Somalia, Cuba's geographic proximity to the United States
> offers Mr.
> Castro's agents opportunities to infiltrate and gain access to
> U.S. territory
> and our critical infrastructure. In this connection, the current
> on U.S.-Cuba travel are a crucial tool for law enforcement to
> prevent the use
> of bioweapons against the American people.
> This week, Congress will vote on legislation to lift
> aspects of the
> embargo on Cuba. Doing so at this time would be a grave mistake.
Never mind it would help the poor. You impose an embargo that forces the
Cuban government to look to Russia for help and blame Cuba for that. The
eastern block collapses and the cash stops and people suffer and you blame
Cuba for the suffering. And there would be no Russian cash, no missile
crisis, and no suffering if the US has accepted the will of the Cuban people
in the very beginning and treated Cuba as any other country with a new
> The theory
> of the legislation is that more travel and trade with Cuba will
> the regime - but in reality, virtually all of the money that
> Americans might
> spend in Cuba will go to the government.
Bollocks. Sorry, cojones! The Cuban government is renowned for looking after
the welfare of its people, which is more than the previous regime did when
the island was little more than a gigantic whore-house for US tourists and
Worse, a significant
> expansion of
> human traffic between our nation and Cuba would hopelessly
> complicate the job
> of Customs, the FBI and counter-terrorism officials who are
> trying to protect
> against the smuggling of weapons of mass destruction into the
> United States.
Rubbish. Modern security technology can easily cope with it.
> Because all investment in Cuba must flow through Cuba's
> any easing of the current embargo will directly subsidize Mr.
> biological weapons program.
What biological weapons program? Oh, yes. The biological weapons program
which the US has invented as an excuse to attack Castro. That one.
Consider this: Every employee hired
> for a new
> hotel will be selected by the Cuban government, which will bill
> the hotel in
> U.S. dollars. The government will pay the employee in Cuban
> pesos - keep 100
> percent of the dollars for itself - and keep 98 percent of the
> value of the
> employee's labor.
How do you know?
> More is at stake than preventing terrorism. The
> advancement of human
> rights and democracy in Cuba depends upon U.S. constancy.
The Cuban people have more human rights now than they ever had under the
> have lifted their bans on Cuba travel and trade, with no effect
> on Mr.
> Castro's behavior. The repression of the Cuban people has
> continued unabated,
What bloody repression. You make bald statement like that and yet when the
British media make documentaries about Cuba and British people return from
visiting the country, they tell a completely different story.
I remember one documentary where there were three people who'd actually been
to Cuba on various fact-finding missions and one representative of the US
The three were speaking factually about what they'd seen but the US rep just
sailed on regardless spouting the same sort of propaganda you are, telling
them to their faces that they had not seen what they had seen and using the
idea that if you repeat a lie often enough it becomes the truth with the
well-trained air of utter confidence that marks the professional
The trouble is, us Brits recognise this sort of thing. It doesn't work on
us. We're not brainwashed with oaths of allegiance and 'our country right or
The tragic thing is: we Brits were devastated by what happened on September
11th. Devastated. Our sympathy knew no bounds. But now we, or at least I,
feel my sympathy is being thrown back in my face by the way the US is using
the tragedy as an excuse to attack what is a small, defenceless country by
telling downright bare-faced lies for the purpose of lumping Cuba in with
the real terrorist supporting states like Iraq and Iran just to clear up a
bit of unfinished business.
Castro took Cuba away from you and gave it to its people and now if you tell
enough lies you think that will give you an excuse to take it back.
> despite significant foreign tourism. But Mr. Castro has an
> industry with
> which he has been able to stay afloat.
> According to the State Department's most recent report,
> Cuba continues
> to "violate systematically the fundamental civil and political
> rights of its
> citizens. . . . Members of the security forces and prison
> officials continued
> to beat and otherwise abuse detainees and prisoners, including
> human rights
> activists." The Cuban dictatorship actively suppresses all
> opposition and
> dissent by the Cuban people - using undercover agents, informers,
> response brigades, so-called "Committees for the Defense of the
> surveillance, phone tapping, intimidation, defamation, arbitrary
> house arrest, arbitrary searches, evictions, travel restrictions,
> motivated dismissals from employment and forced exile.
It's very odd that it is only US government agencies who find this sort of
thing going on. Nobody else ever finds any evidence of it.
I think the State Department's time would be much better spent stopping US
police beating black suspects, stopping priests buggering altar boys,
stopping Southern police pouring pepper-spray fluid directly into the eyes
of defenceless environmental protesters they had handcuffed hand and foot on
the floor of the police station. The police officers were laughing to each
other as their victims screamed in agony! This wasn't Cuba, this was your
marvellous bloody America! And these police were so proud of what they were
doing, they even videoed it!
Bet you didn't know that our TV Channel 4 got hold of the tape and broadcast
it! You were lucky though. Our marvellous democratic freedom-of-speech type
government must have stepped in because there was an absolute zero
> President Bush has wisely determined that lifting any
> aspect of the
> embargo is dependent upon Mr. Castro's beginning to change these
> On May 20, the president declared America's clear policy goal: a
> free Cuba,
Define a free Cuba. As free as it was under the old regime?
> achieved through a democratic transition. This must begin with
> the release of
> all political prisoners, the legalization of all political
> parties, the press
> and labor unions, and the scheduling of free, internationally
> The embargo - and the promise of lifting it - provides the
> leverage for the president to achieve these objectives. If
> Congress were to
> give Mr. Castro the trade and tourism dollars he seeks now,
> without any
> reform in exchange, we would simultaneously undermine U.S. policy
> subsidize our hemisphere's most notorious state sponsor of
> Mr. Castro would use any easing of the embargo to redouble
> his efforts
> to undermine America,
Again, how the fuck can a tiny little country like Cuba possibly undermine
America. This is the same stupid hysterical rubbish that led to the Vietnam
and to tighten his grip over the Cuban
> people -
> must not give him that chance. As we continue to wage the war
> terrorism, now is the time to fully support Mr. Bush by giving
> him the tools
> he needs to win.
The only tool he needs is the one which is missing from between his ears,
and also seems missing from between the ears of a large number of his fellow
> Rep. Christopher Cox, California Republican, is chairman
> of the House
> Policy Committee. Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, Florida Republican,
> is chairman
> of the House Policy Subcommittee on the Americas.
After the tragedy on September 11th. somebody said something like, "Why do
people hate America so much that they would do such a terrible thing?"
In my opinion, the way your country is behaving now in attacking Cuba serves
as a perfect answer to that question.
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