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Top Castrogonian spy…er…(cough)…”diplomat”… drums up business in Tampa

Jose Ramon Cabañas, Castrogonian "diplomat"

Jose Ramon Cabañas, Castrogonian "diplomat"

Jose Ramon Cabañas , the chief of the Cuban Interests Section in Washington, D.C.,  a very active spy den, flew down to Tampa to talk to its Chamber of Commerce.

The Tampa business community has been aggressively forging links with the Castro Kingdom lately --with the help of their Democratic congresswoman Kathy Castor -- and now it has gone as far as to host a visit by the top Castrogonian official in the United States.

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (D)

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (D)

Some reflection, based on a recent experience:

Having just met with some Tampa business people who are gung-ho about deals with the murderous Castro regime, I came away with the impression that some of them were hopelessly naive, not just about the risks, but -- even worse -- about the effect these deals have on repression within Castrogonia.

Ultimately, what some of these merchants I met have in mind is making money.  That is their first priority.  Change in Castrogonia is not really on their minds.  It seemed to me that their boilerplate argument ( "increased business is the best way to bring change to Cuba") was no more than a pre-packaged response to obvious ethical objections.  In the final analysis, when pressed on ethical issues, some of these business people actually showed admiration for the so-called Revolution and a willful blindness to its many crimes and injustices.

When one tries to point out to these  merchants that dealing with Castrogonia is akin to dealing with the Third Reich, and that all business deals involve stolen property and slave labor, and are smeared in blood --on top of it all -- their eyes tend to go blank.  It's something that they simply refuse to consider. Ultimately, they are content with the prospect of an eternally totalitarian Cuba, as long as they can make a buck.

Sometimes, they actually throw the ethical onus back on the person who is pointing out this injustice to them: the fault, they say, lies with those greedy resentful Cuban exile bastards who refuse to let go of their petty grievances.   These selfish dolts, they argue, are the ones really inflicting pain on the Cuban people through the "blockade."

Some of this attitude is reflected in the article below, where those who oppose doing business with Castrogonia are subtly (and not so subtly) set up to play the villain's role.

So, let's get ready for more of this nauseating crap.  Read it and weep.

Hope and fear accompany top Cuba diplomat in Tampa visit

TAMPA — The top Cuban diplomat in the U.S. paid a visit to Tampa on Thursday, in part to talk business with members of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce.

It’s enough to make anti-Castro interests wonder whether the travel and trade embargo even applies here, coming as it does on the heels of other signs of a thaw — direct flights from Tampa to the Communist island nation, a tour of Cuba this month by the University of Tampa baseball team, and an agreement rooted in Tampa allowing the two nations to cooperate in oil spill cleanups.

Ralph Fernandez finds it all profoundly disappointing and hopes this isn’t the handwriting on the wall.

“It’s betrayal from within,” said Fernandez, a Tampa attorney and longtime embargo activist who has represented former political prisoners of Cuba. “It has breached friendships of a lifetime with me.”

Fernandez remains firm in his belief that public opinion supports the embargo, as it has since it was imposed in 1960 after Fidel Castro overthrew the government in Cuba and brought Communism to the island just 90 miles off Florida’s shores.

Rather, Fernandez insists, more people in Tampa and nationwide are putting business above ideals.

“It’s betrayal for money,” he said. “Anytime you throw money into something that has to do with principles, politics or morality, I get a real sick feeling.”

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5 comments to Top Castrogonian spy…er…(cough)…”diplomat”… drums up business in Tampa

  • Lynx

    Maybe these dolts should personally guarantee that they will pony up their OWN $$$ after the regime hangs them out to dry as they have other nations.

  • asombra

    The spook even looks sinister, like the star of a cheap Dracula movie. Castor, of course, is just standard liberal material. As for those business people, well, it's obvious enough what they are. For the umpteenth time: never count on the kindness of strangers, especially if those strangers can profit from screwing you over.

  • asombra

    This shit is inevitable, not just because human nature is what it is, but because these people know they're "covered." Yes, they expect "those people" to cry foul, but since when did that stop anybody? Whenever bad behavior, no matter how bad, is condoned, accepted and rewarded, such behavior WILL go on, and lots of it. Shit happens just as much as it possibly can.

  • joelima

    The kind of greedy, myopic fools who are itching to do business in Cuba will never be dissuaded by tales of human rights violations and repression. If we try to persuade them by appealing to their basic humanity, we're going to be very disappointed. Such people flat out don't care about the repression in Cuba, they see it as no skin off of their backs. If we want to persuade them to not do business in Cuba, we have to make the case that they won't make any money there, that they'll get taken to the cleaners, and possibly end up jailed themselves, as has happened to a number of people who've tried to do business there. We have to make the case that the Castros can't be trusted as business partners. There's a mountain of evidence on our side, but it's distasteful to have to do this. In a better world, people would look at the Castros and say, "I don't want their money. It's blood money." Not gonna happen. However, we might be able to make these vultures understand that the Castros don't have a cent that they haven't stolen from someone else, that there is a long list of Castro "friends" in the international business community that ended up flat broke and even imprisoned.

  • asombra

    OK, so she doesn't have an Adam's apple, but Castor still looks like a drag queen.