More Castro fuming
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Fidel Castro's displeasure with President Barack Obama and the United
States means little except continuing misery for Cubans.
In a letter read by Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez to a summit of
leftist Latin American nations, Mr. Castro said Mr. Obama's "friendly
smile and African-American face" hide sinister intentions for that
region. That's an obvious bid to divert attention from the Castro
regime's sinister intentions toward Cubans.
Those intentions underlie that regime's brutal repression of its people.
And the ailing Fidel's supposed transfer of power to brother Raul is a
distinction without a difference for Cubans' basic freedoms and human
The revolutionary rhetoric of the Castros, Mr. Chavez, Bolivia's
President Evo Morales and their regional "comrades" hides sinister
intentions indeed — to seize, hold and wield power without regard for
civil and economic liberties. Thus, positive change for Cubans must
precede any normalization of relations with Cuba.
Fidel's hostile response to the Obama administration's tentative steps
toward normalization nevertheless has value. It reminds Washington that
so long as the Castros maintain an iron grip on their island nation,
easing the U.S. stance toward Havana is a losing proposition.
More Castro fuming – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (19 December 2009)