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realclearworld

But let’s send more money, and TVs, and yet more money!

Capitol Hill Cubans: The Sad Truth "Desde la Habana."

''Castro is only interested in the money that comes from emigres. That they come to Cuba and spend lots of money. That they bring more dollars each time. But he wants them at arms length. Forget about business in strategic sectors. It's better to keep milking them by taxing their trips and the packages they send to the island. The Castro brothers have no desire to treat emigres fairly.

''When the exile community learns how to use its economic might as a weapon, it will force the government to change its antiquated discourse and anachronistic laws. In the meantime, he only needs them to keep filling the piggy bank.''

Engagement doesn't work. Dialog doesn't work. It didn't with Hitler or Stalin, it won't with castro.

2 comments to But let’s send more money, and TVs, and yet more money!

  • Anyone have contact info for Alejandro Ingelmos? I'm thinking he needs a refresher on the definition of exile, and refugee.

  • asombra

    Right, George. Just give in to emotional blackmail. It’s the Cuban way.

    “The Castro brothers have no desire to treat émigrés fairly.” I assume that’s a joke. The Castro brothers have no desire to treat ANYBODY fairly, and never have. The notion that Cubans abroad who are effectively propping up Castro, Inc. financially should be able to use that “leverage” to get concessions from the regime is a nice fantasy, but it won’t happen. The Cubans in question are not seriously interested in removing the root of the problem, assuming they even believe that’s possible. If they had what it takes to play hardball against the regime, they wouldn’t be dancing to its tune like hypnotized lemmings (and getting VERY defensive if anyone questions that).