I dont know where to even begin criticizing the following complete stupidity. I mean, even the best fiction and comedy writers in the world couldnt make this stuff up:
By Luciana Bohne
Online Journal Contributing Writer
September 5, 2005?Last Friday, a grateful US State Department officially thanked the countries whose governments had offered help in relieving the distress on the Gulf Coast caused by hurricane Katrina.
Cuba was not on the list.
A sorrowful Fidel Castro, reporting to the people on Saturday, minutely traced the evidence that documented the official trail left by their offer made shortly after 11:32 on the morning of 30 August, when President Castro asked Exterior Minister Felipe Rodriguez to issue an immediate communique to the US Special Interests Section in Havana and through the equivalent Cuban office in Washington, promising medical support for the US victims of a hurricane the tail end of which had already hit Cuba, raising sea levels that battered the island’s northern coast, leaving behind punishing torrential rains, while slamming its rage against the Florida coast. In the aftermath of this ordeal, when the hurricane was reaching category 5, Cuba thought of her threatened northern neighbors and offered instant help?as it had done on 9/11, an offer firmly but politely refused.
On this occasion, however, there was not even the politeness of an acknowledgment. Result? Cuba’s embarrassment before the world, which had come to expect and witness its people’s unfailing and prompt commitment, to anyone, anywhere, regardless of ideology or diplomatic tiffs.
A smear by omission.
Worse: a theft of vital resources to the people of the Gulf Coast.
At 12:45 of the same day, 30 August, Cuba’s offer was explicitly delivered to the appropriate sources?verbally and in writing.
This means that the people of New Orleans were denied assistance from trained and experienced doctors, arriving in their own helicopters, requiring no landing space to speak of, fully supplied with medicines, veterans of treating patients in stressed locations?jungles and swamps, hurricane-assaulted or war-torn sites, in poverty-choked environments?as early as Friday, August 30, when our president was planning to play the guitar, and our Secretary of Defense was planning to see a play and buy shoes in New York!
And all because our leaders decided that a dispute about ideology was more important than the lives of human beings!
After the State Department’s rude ommission of Cuba’s name from the list of aid responders, Havana was besieged with puzzled, surprised messages from all over the world, wondering why Cuba, which sends medical brigades to the toughest, most dangerous, most remote places in the world, had not offered to help the people of the United States, an hour away from their shores.
Perhaps because of his Jesuitical education; perhaps because of having to live up to the ethics of the revolution, which places people before profits; perhaps because of natural tendency, Fidel Castro is one among the most punctiliously courteous leaders in the world. His people follow suit. You cannot visit a place where Americans are safer or more respectfully and appreciatively treated than Cuba.
“I extend with this offer,” sid the Cuban statesman, “the good will of our people, the feelings of friendship that we have always harbored toward the American people, proven during these 46 years, one of the few countries in the world where no American flag has ever been burned, where not one American citizen is ever [intentionally] insulted. We are grateful to a people who made possible the return of our child [Elian Gonzalez], who increasingly support the insistence that justice be done to our unjustly imprisoned citizens [the Cuban Five in US prisons]. We trust the American people and are sure that a day will come when we will be bound by ties not only for the purpose of helping each other but by those that will unite us in helping others.” 
Nor is Cuba’s offer a piffle.
As of 3 September [Granma International, 4 September], the offer is reiterated:
“In less than 36 hours, 1,100 doctors with 26.4 tons of medical supplies and diagnostic resources could be ministering to people most urgently in need of assistance [in New Orleans and elsewhere].
“We have been so loyal to the idea of not seeking publicity that three days have passed and nothing is known about our disposition to help. The whole world is saying, ‘I offered this, I offered that, I offered 50,000 dollars, I offered whatever.’ We offered lives?saving 10, 100, 500, 1,000 lives?we offered measures that might save tens of thousands of people, anything that might spare the world this sad spectacle of misery that it is watching . . . Are they going to refuse our offer? Because of the things that have happened between our two governments? I think that it might be useful for the world and a good example, not only on our part but also on theirs, because this catastrophe may be repeated.
“Today, some American experts are saying that another hurricane may unleash a force greater than Katrina’s within a month or two. Thus our gesture is a sincere gesture made in peace; it seeks no publicity; it asks for nothing?not that the blockade be lifted or anything like that. We never place conditions on anyone. We send the kind of support we have available and can afford; we don’t have a great amount of financial resources. We cover all the costs?of transportation, of fuel. [Our volunteers] are not going to make declarations or seek publicity; let this be very clear.”
But the people of the United States are not allowed to hear of this offer (thank you, “liberal” media) and are not offered the opportunity to accept or decline.
Wouldn’t you say such behavior shows a radical lack of responsibility toward those suffering in the stricken Gulf states?
Oh, how I wish my government spoke with anything approaching the official kindness of the Cuban government’s?and meant it. Oh, how I wish that FEMA, Homeland Security, State Department and all the institutions set up to serve American people in distress followed the cables from New Orleans as minutely and with such evident concern and solidarity as this.
Oh, how I yearn to hear more reassuring words than orders to shoot to kill. I’m so tired of hatred, of reaction to the worst impulses in human nature?of plans to attack, to destroy, to run in pursuit to the ends of the world of real and imagined “evildoers,” when so many of our good, ordinary people could be helped instead. How I long to live in a country restored to the sanity of expecting the best rather than the worst in human nature?of nurturing, of educating us to an ethics of self-sacrifice, of being for others. How I yearn to hear the boast that for every looter we have to kill that 10,000 people are fed, medicated, swaddled in clean clothes.
I’m so tired of my government’s endless pursuit of the lowest moral common denominator in human nature.
I’m so tired. There’s got to be a better way, an alternative to living in a place where force, violence, dominance are the answers to everything.
I’m so tired of feeling ashamed, helpless, disconnected, powerless, being spoken for by this inhuman lot of marauders and racketeers?by the corporate-appointed president of my United States and his gang of hypocrites and thieves.
I’m so tired.
And, oh, how I wish that my government would engage in the kind of publicity-seeking efforts, of which Cuba is accused, which might relieve human suffering by sending 1,100 doctors, free of charge, anywhere in the world?no strings attached. Come to think of it, I would be happy if such doctors were sent to my county, where 30 cents of every dollar go for defense, 19 cents toward servicing the debt (mainly for military spending), and 20 cents for health, only 3 cents for veterans’ benefits, 0.4 cents for job training, and 4 cents for education; where each household paid $2,649 in federal income tax in 2004, one third of that on national security, which allocates 91% to the military, 5 percent to Homeland Security, and a measly 3 percent to preventive measures.
It might even get me to vote Republican! Why not?
I could die for living in a place that showed it cared for people! It would be worth it?to be made to feel human; to be made to feel a part of humanity; to be made to feel that I did not live for myself alone!
Yes, it would be worth it, because then, with my last breath, I would know that I had lived a significant life in a place where the call came to serve humanity, not to use and abuse it.
1. This and all subsequent English quotations from Fidel Castro’s speech to the nation in Spanish are my translations.
Luciana Bohne teaches film and literature at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
What a complete and total mockery of reality. And this person is a professor at a university for crissakes.
Alas, I fear that with “professors” like these shaping the minds of our young, our society is DOOMED.