Today, December 3rd, is the second anniversary of the arrest of American aid worker, Alan Gross. For two years now, Gross has been held hostage by the Castro dictatorship, which refuses to release him unless a ransom is paid. It is a crime that should be causing outrage amongst the American people, but they cannot be outraged if they do not know who Alan Gross is.
The sad reality is that Alan Gross is the forgotten hostage.
The Obama administration and its State Department’s inept and amateurish approach to this kidnapping has only served to exacerbate the situation. Their weak and submissive approach has caused a family to suffer indescribable pain and misery for two years while Alan Gross rots in a Castro gulag. The U.S. government has chosen to play the game according to the rules set down by a band of murderous criminals in Havana, keeping this case as low profile as possible. For that reason, few people know that an innocent American is being held hostage by a rogue regime.
Nevertheless, there are many, including us, who are trying to publicize this atrocity in the hopes that the U.S. government will finally act on behalf of this helpless man and his suffering family. Several members of congress have stepped up in defense of Alan Gross. None of this, however, is a substitute for an American policy that confronts and directly challenges the criminal Castro regime. History has taught the world that the Castro dictatorship is emboldened by an opponent’s weakness, and will cave when aggressively confronted. Until the Obama administration begins to act boldly, the Castro regime will continue its lawless behavior, and Alan Gross will continue to be the forgotten hostage.