Should the New York Philharmonic travel to entertain dictators?
There are millions of exiled Cubans who can answer that question.
AP shill for the dictator, Anita Snow, provides us with the New York Philharmonic’s president, Zarin Mehta thoughts as he considers a possible tour to Cuba:
Mehta said the orchestra is concentrating on people rather than politicians: "We just want to come and play music and let others worry about the politics. That's their problem."
He noted that no major change in U.S.-North Korean relations occurred after the orchestra played in the North Korean capital in February 2008, the first performance by a major visiting orchestra in that totalitarian state.
Still, Mehta said, the music did seem to touch many of the North Korean concertgoers, who included government officials and military officers.
"Here you have all these people who have been taught that Americans are the devil," he said. "When we played a Korean piece, you should have seen the change in the stoic, impassive faces of the Koreans. Many of them were weeping."
I’m sure Hitler and Stalin occasionally shed a tear or two in their time as well—murderous dictators have tear ducts; no need to entertain them while their victims suffer to prove that. I think it is safe to assume that those North Korean concertgoers were hand picked by the regime, just as they would be in Cuba.
According to the article, it may be as long as a month before the board makes a decision on the Cuba trip. I urge our readers to contact them and let them know why they should not travel to Cuba to entertain the elite.
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