“The Holy See believes that the embargo (against Cuba) is something that makes the people suffer the consequences. It does not achieve the aim of the greater good,” Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said. “The Holy See does not believe it is a positive or useful measure.” Reuters 3/16/2012
PONTIFF BLASTS U.S. SANCTIONS–“The economic sanctions (against Cuba) were “oppressive, unjust and ethically unacceptable.” (Pope John Paul January 26, 1998)
POPE BACKS SANCTIONS FOR SOUTH AFRICA–“At the start of a five-nation tour of Africa, Pope John Paul II today offered his approval of the strict economic sanctions against South Africa now under consideration by the United States Congress. He said such measures are morally acceptable as a last resort in the struggle against apartheid. (NY Times, September 11, 1988.)
As a public service by Babalu blog we’ll again compare Apartheid South Africa’s “crimes against humanity” to Castroite Cuba’s:
According to Anti-Apartheid activists (none denounced anywhere as “crackpots!” “intransigents!” and “hard-liners!”, by the way) a grand total of 3000 political prisoners passed through South Africa’s Robben Island prison in roughly 30 years under the Apartheid regime. Usually about 1000 were held. These were out of a South African population of 40 million. In its day, the regime responsible for these incarcerations weathered a relentless campaign of vituperation from every political, press and academic pulpit on the face of the earth until economic sanctions by practically every nation on the face of the earth battered, crippled and finally finished it.
According to the Human Rights group, Freedom House, a grand total of 500,000 political prisoners have passed through Stalinist Cuba’s various prisons and forced-labor camps, mostly during the 60’s and 70’s. At one time in 1961, 300,000 Cubans were jailed for political offenses. This was out of a Cuban population in 1960 of 6.4 million. Among these people are THE LONGEST SUFFERING POLITICAL PRISONERS IN MODERN HISTORY.