In a letter written to and published by the Washington Times, Tomas Bilbao, the executive director of Carlos Saladrigas’ Cuba Study Group, responds to Mauricio Claver-Carone’s excellent editorial and asks for “intellectual honesty.”
An intellectually honest discussion of U.S. policy toward Cuba cannot ignore the fact that the island’s main democracy advocates – the principal victims of the Castro brothers’ repressive acts – have urged the U.S. Congress to break the isolation it has helped impose on the Cuban people. At the very least, Mr. Claver-Carone could continue to ignore these facts rather than mislead readers by suggesting that the democracy advocates he mentions in his piece support his strategy of maintaining the status quo.
Intellectual honesty from an organization that insists that a letter from 74 Cubans is a policy statement representative of the beliefs of 11-million Cubans on the island and 2-million in exile, but insists that a letter from 494 Cubans on the island, and another letter from 256 former political prisoners who served a combined 3,551 years in a Castro gulag supporting a different view is dishonest and an attempt to quiet dissenting voices?
Intellectual honesty from a group that has positioned itself to make millions of dollars exploiting the enslaved Cuban people?
Intellectual honesty from individuals who say they want freedom and democracy for Cubans and at the same time negotiate business deals with Cuba’s slave masters?
Intellectual honesty from an individual whose argument is intellectually dishonest?
Really, Mr. Bilbao, intellectual honesty?
That is quite a fanciful request coming from the likes of you and your business partners.