by Agustin Blazquez with the collaboration of Jaums Sutton

It was a despicable vote reminiscent of the 1980’s when the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate voted against helping the freedom fighters of Nicaragua as they were wining the struggle against the communist Castro-supported Sandinistas. On July 23, 2002, the Republican-led House voted 262 to 167 in favor of easing the economic embargo against the Castro regime and letting American tourists visit the prison-island.

As it was an obstruction for freedom in Nicaragua in the 80s, this shameful action is a victory for tyranny in Cuba. Especially so close to the annual “celebration” of July 26, the anniversary of Castro’s murderous attack on the Moncada Barracks in 1953. This was a terrorist action inspired by Castro’s idol, Hitler, and his insane attack on the War Ministry in Munich on November 9, 1924, which made him a national figure in Germany. The technique also worked for Castro, catapulting him to national stature in Cuba.

But now a welcome gift from the U.S. House of Representatives to Fidel.

The preposterous argument used by the pro-Castro lobby and the members of the House and Senate, that by lifting the restrictions and “allowing American tourists to visit the island will bring freedom and democracy,” is blatantly contradicted by the same experience with China, which today is certainly no closer to democracy and continues to repress freedom, violate human rights and has become extremely powerful, militarily. Nixon’s plan to open China misfired because with all the American help and business deals, instead of collapsing like the Soviet Union, China has prospered and extended the aggressive nature and pervasive power of communism.

Castro’s Cuba practices tourist and economic apartheid. Ordinary citizens are not allowed to intermingle with tourists and much less enter in business or any other kind of partnerships with them. The existing partnerships are exclusively for Castro’s bogus front companies in the hands of the military and intelligence loyalist elite.

As with tourist service providers, business deals are never with individual private farmers or businessmen. That’s not permitted. All will be with Castro’s front businesses. So the result is reinforcement of his regime not help for his desperate citizens.

If it was so easy to understand and take action to boycott and disinvest in apartheid South Africa to end that abominable regime; why the insensitivity to the Cuban’s suffering and utter lack of moral principles necessary for dealing with a tyranny that is more abominable than the South African apartheid regime?

The same thing can be said of the American cooperation to boycott the regime of Raul Cedras in Haiti, a much lesser dictator.

But when dealing with Castro’s Cuba, the many naïve and uninformed Americans – thanks to the U.S. media and academia - want to cooperate to keep the tyranny alive and to hell with the insignificant and expendable little Cubans. This double standard is not only shameful but a terrible indictment against our society that no longer cares about the ideals of freedom and democracy for others.

The statement of Arizona’s Republican Rep. Jeff Flake is ridiculous: “This is all about freedom.” No Mr. Flake, it is about lending a helping hand to prolong the most hideous tyranny in the Americas.

“Our government shouldn’t tell us where to travel and where not to travel.” How arrogant of Mr. Flake. Cubans are denied the right to travel, even inside their own country. As a matter of fact, during 43 dark years some 85,876 Cubans have died trying get out of the prison island you want the Americans to go on visiting and having a good time ignoring the suffering and surrounding tourist and economic apartheid. The most important goal is for Americans to have the freedom to have a good time, even if it means trading with the devil and regardless of what problems it causes others.

Castro’s Cuba has for decades been a training ground for international terrorists. It is recognized as a terrorist country with a long history of anti-American policies and actions. According to a joint letter from the Secretary of State Colin Powell and Treasury Secretary Paul H. O’Neill sent to the House prior to the vote, Castro’s Cuba “has refused to cooperate with the global coalition’s efforts to combat terrorism, refusing to provide information about [the] al Qaeda” network and activities.

Castro’s Cuba has flooded the U.S. with spies and agents to infiltrate everything from private organizations to U.S. Air Force bases, the Immigration and Naturalization Service and the Pentagon. Castro’s Cuba has killed at least 30 U.S. citizens.

It has been known for years through multiple sources that Cuba has been involved in research and development of bacteriological warfare to use against the U.S. The introduction of the West Nile virus into the U.S. could very well be sent from Cuba via migratory birds. Ernesto F Betancourt’s November 18, 1999 paper The Encephalitis Outbreak, Hussein and Castro: A CIA/CDC Cover-up? presents a very convincing case.

But no matter the letters the Secretaries of State and Treasury and Undersecretary of State John Bolton sent to the House describing the threat of terrorism from Cuba and its technology to make offensive biological weapons, those bozos in the House, blinded by their greed and the tails of incoming gold from Castro’s immorality, voted to give a hand to Castro’s sinking tyranny.

Why do we want to flood Castro with U.S. dollars to keep him afloat? Do we want more problems and terrorist menace in America? Why not enter into a nice business deal with Charles Manson, to help him get out of jail?

And for the farmers that are expecting to make a lot of money in this parade of fools, they should not hold their breaths to receive any payments from Castro. Many European countries, and even South Africa, are not selling to Castro because he does not pay for what he buys. He owes billions to the rest of the world and from 1986 he suspended all payments of his international debt. It will all boil down to the poor American taxpayer who will eventually have to pay for those sales to prevent the collapse of the U.S. farmers. With Castro we all lose.

I see this treasonous vote as clearly anti-American and anti the principles of freedom and justice. But after all, 56 members of Congress are registered members of the Democratic Socialists of America, which is the largest U.S. affiliate of the Socialist International. No wonder their deep resentment against the U.S. even though they pretend to be patriotic and concerned Americans. The Founding Fathers did not intend for a failed socialist political philosophy to be imposed upon the free people of United States.

For as long as these members of the House of Representatives and Senate keep acting without morals and principles, and ignore the suffering of people who want to live with freedom, dignity, democracy and human rights and vote against hope, as far as I am concerned, they do not deserve the respect they try so hard to obtain.


Agustin Blazquez
Producer/director of the documentaries
COVERING CUBA, COVERING CUBA 2: The Next Generation & the upcoming COVERING CUBA 3: Elian

Author with Carlos Wotzkow of the book COVERING AND DISCOVERING and translator with Jaums Sutton of the upcoming book by Luis Grave de Peralta Morell THE MAFIA OF HAVANA-The Cuban Cosa Nostra.

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