Check out this story on the Miami NBC affiliate’s website. It seems that filmmaker Luis Moro was on a cruise and happened to captured the rescue of balseros fleeing Cuba. What I want you to focus on, though, is the tone and spin in the highlighted sentences:
NBC6.net: Filmmaker On Cruise Captures Rescue Of Cuban Refugees
11 Refugees Get On Cruise Ship After Boat Sinks
POSTED: 11:19 am EDT August 15, 2005
UPDATED: 11:30 am EDT August 15, 2005
MIAMI — A filmmaker vacationing on a Royal Caribbean cruise captured footage of Cuban refugees being rescued as they tried to get to the United States Friday.
Luis Moro was filming as passengers aboard the ship saw the Cubans’ boat sinking.
“No one ever expected that to happen on a cruise,” Moro said. “Even though you are going around the island of Cuba, no one expects to see a boat with Cubans trying to get to the U.S.”
Moro’s video shows 11 Cuban refugees being placed onto one of the cruise ship’s life rafts and taken to the ship.
“When they got on, the first group of Cubans got on the life raft, they were brought back and everybody started cheering. It was great,” Moro said.
But in that moment of rejoicing came sorrow for Moro, who is a Cuban-American. He said he knew the quest for freedom would possibly end in vain, and he blames the events on politics and a U.S. embargo that he believes should be lifted.
“This has to stop,” Moro said. “I bet my life they (refugees) have family that is not in Cuba and I bet they are financially well-off here.”
Moro was right. A mother in South Florida spotted her son’s failed attempts at freedom.
“At least I know he’s alive. That calms me down a little but now we have to wait and see what happens,” Miriam Perez said in Spanish.
“I can’t imagine what it’s like to do what they do,” Moro said. “I would be shocked if many people have the courage to get on a raft and take off.”
A representative from the U.S. Coast Guard said the Cuban refugees were still being processed.
There’s no official word on whether they will have to return to Cuba.
Luis, maybe you should ask your political soulmate, fidel castro, about why people are willing to risk becoming lunch for sharks rather than staying in Cuba. Common sense and unobstructed thinking would lead a normal person to deduce that fidel takes all of the blame for this and not the “well-off” Cubans here in Miami, all of us rich, sugar-plantation owning, Batista stooges.
Here are some folks who took to sea, risking their lives to reach the freedom in the US and instead of blaming fidel and his communist regime, for creating the conditions that have led to this, your first instinct is to blame us here in Miami. And, of course, you trot out the ever popular argument of the intellectually challenged, “end the embargo.”
Your statements are so self-serving, so repugnant and so ill-informed that I don’t know whether to get pissed off at you or to pity your stupidity.
(H/T to Daniel for alerting me this morning on this story.)