Blaming the victims is easier than confronting the terror of leftist tyrannies
The Cuban American community has been very effective in advocating for freedom in Cuba and the end of the apartheid Castro dictatorship and its crimes against humanity. Unfortunately, the Castro dictatorship in Havana is of the leftist genre, which means that the press, academia, and the "experts" all have a hard time condemning a fellow traveler, no matter how atrocious or murderous they may be.
Dealing with this phenomenon has been difficult enough for human rights activists both in Cuba and in exile. But to make matters worse, there are those who go a step further and blame the victims. In their view, the problem with Cuba is not the unelected totalitarian dictatorship that has held power on the island unchallenged for more than a half-century, murdering tens of thousands and imprisoning Cubans by the hundreds of thousands. The problem with Cuba stems mainly from the Castro tyranny's victims. Those pesky exiles that insist on the rule of law, respect for human rights, and justice in their homeland.
For these individuals, it is much easier to blame the victims than confront the terror of their fellow travelers.
Are Cuban-Americans Responsible for Iran and North Korea's Hostages Also?
In today's Washington Post, columnist Ruth Marcus outrageously claims:
"Gross is, first and foremost, a victim of the repressive Cuban regime. But he is also a casualty of Cuban-American politics, and Cuban-American politicians."
Then, she proceeds to advocate for a swap of Castro's American hostage, Alan Gross, for the so-called "Cuban Four" (spies imprisoned in the U.S.).
Does Ms. Marcus similarly believe that Iran's American hostages, Saeed Abedini, Amir Mirzaei Hekmati and Robert Levinson, are a "casualty" of the Iranian-American community?
Or that North Korea's American hostages, Merrill Newman and Kenneth Bae, are a "casualty" of the Korean-American community?
Or are they all casualties of the Cuban-American community as well?
And what are Cuban-American politics?
Are Cuban-Americans not entitled to want freedom, human rights and democracy for their homeland?
Are Cuban-Americans incorrect in rejecting a totalitarian dictatorship, which has brutally imprisoned, tortured and executed its loved ones; subverts democracy in the Western Hemisphere; proliferates weapons to North Korea; violates international norms, etc.?
Have Cuban-Americans not constantly warned about the nature and brutality of the Castro regime, against a back-drop of whitewashing from many in the U.S. media?
The fact is brutal totalitarian regimes take hostages when they perceive an opportunity for coercion.
Ms. Marcus' irresponsible comments and absurd claims only add fuel to such coercion and endanger more American lives abroad.
An apology would be in order.