February 22, 2013
Ros-Lehtinen says, “It’s not a matter of if, but when, the Castro brothers ultimately vacate power – but the real change in Cuba involves much more than the Castro brothers. If dictator Raul Castro states that he will retire in five years, there will still be no real change for the Cuban people so long as the Castro brothers remain in any form of leadership position, even behind the scenes. The whole system crafted by the Castro brothers is corrupt and must be totally replaced. Shifting the deck chairs on the sinking Titanic won’t produce positive changes. The U.S. should not change its policy of isolation of the Cuban regime until, according to US law, there are free, fair and internationally supervised elections, all the political prisoners are released and human rights are finally respected. The fact that this possible ‘retirement’ won’t take effect for years is just another in a long line of false propaganda tactics used by the regime to trick the masses and international community. U.S. law states that no Castro may be in power, so this may be a ploy by the Cuban regime to attempt to normalize relations prematurely with the U.S. ”
February 22, 2013
On the Anniversary of the Brothers to the Rescue Shoot-down, We Are Reminded of the Harm Caused by the Castro Regime and the Threat to U.S. Interests, Ros-Lehtinen says
U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, made the following statement on the upcoming 17-year anniversary of the Brothers to the Rescue shoot-down which led to the deaths of Carlos Costa, Armando Alejandre, Mario de la Peña, and Pablo Morales. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“It is an unfortunate twist of fate that Cuban despot Raul Castro will be ‘sworn in’ on the same day as the anniversary of the murderous act he helped perpetrate against three American citizens and one U.S. resident 17 years ago. On February 24th, we commemorate the anniversary of the Brothers to the Rescue shoot-down. This murderous and unlawful act was orchestrated by the Castro regime over international waters and cost the lives of Carlos, Armando, Mario, and Pablo.
“This Sunday, we will honor the sacrifice and dedication of these courageous heroes who believed in the cause of assisting Cubans attempting to reach U.S. shores to escape the tyranny of the Castro brothers. We shall never forget their memory and will always be a voice in support of their mission to help bring freedom, liberty, and democracy to the Cuban people.
“Instead of offering concessions to the Castro regime, the Obama Administration should take any legal action to hold it accountable for its role in the shoot-down, which led to the deaths of these four pilots. In addition, policymakers must take into account the role that the regime’s leadership played in murdering these Americans before taking any further steps to in any way weaken U.S. policy toward this dangerous dictatorship.”