Lazo Speaks Out Again

While I get barbequed by our esteemed readers on this Labor Day for my “Miami Herald isn’t that bad” comment to Val’s earlier post below, I figured I would divert attention and try to redeem myself to our fans by posting the following letter to the El Nuevo Herald Editor by Carlos Lazo, U.S. Army Sargeant and outspoken critic of U.S./Cuba policy.

Translatation and concluding remarks by yours truly.

A mixture of sadness and indignation ran through me when reading Robert J. Pique’s letter (Mail, August 26th), Annexation Proposal, in which the author expressed a desire that the Caribbean be converted into another state of the USA. He adds that the annexation of Cuba to the U.S. is well on its way to becoming a reality and affirms that the Cuban-American legislators in Congress already represent the aspirations and desires of Cubans on the island.

How much sadness it gives me to think that in spite of the long fighting tradition of the Cuban people, there are people who consider themselves Cuban and want to see Cuba converted into an appendix, colony or province of the United States.

I dare to affirm that the possibility of annexation would be turned back by the vast majority of Cubans both on the island and in the diaspora.

The Cuban-American representatives in Washington do not speak for the democratic aspirations of the Cuban people, but are in fact responsible for the implementation of inhumane, cruel and ineffective policies towards the Cuban people. These congressmen, far from utilizing their positions to bring economic and political benefits to their land of origin, Cuba, and their adopted country, the U.S., have been and continue to be the creators of hateful and revengeful politics which are detrimental to the legitimate interests of both countries.

Carlos Lazo
Seattle, Washington

Lazo is right in stating that most Cubans would find the idea of U.S. annexation repulsive. I agree with him. But then he tries to link this to U.S. policy towards Cuba, which is just an excuse for Lazo to lash out once again against Cuban-American representatives in Congress.

One can disagree with many of the policies instituted, maintained and supported by our representatives. We do it here all the time. I believe Lazo has a point when it comes to travel restrictions to see family members back in Cuba. But to say that our representatives are “responsible for the implementation of inhumane, cruel and ineffective policies towards the Cuban people” is a cheap shot and very unfair.

I understand Lazo has a very personal reason to be concerned about our policies. I also understand that he has had meetings and conversations with at least one of the Cuban-American congressmen he’s criticizing. It needs to be said, however, that he left Cuba in 1994, leaving his children behind, not because of “hateful policies” by the U.S. against the Cuban people, but because of the hateful policies of his home country’s government.

Sgt, Lazo would be better served, and would provide a great service to the cause, if he pointed his anger and indignation where it belongs: the Cuban government. He’s not just some dimwitted Miami Herald travel editor, he lived and experienced Cuba, and has bravely served his adopted country in the Armed Forces.

Sgt. Lazo should know better.

5 thoughts on “Lazo Speaks Out Again”

  1. i agree with Robert M…Mr Lazo should know better, and redirect his anger not to the congressmen,but to the regime in cuba…

  2. Robert,

    I agree 100% with your assessment. Annexation of Cuba is about as likely as my growing a horn in the middle of my forehead. That is Cuban government propaganda at it’s best. There IS a small group of exiles that want Cuba to be annexed but they are not representative of the vast majority. For Mr. Lazo to address those comments as if they are serious gives me more reason to doubt his motives for pretty much everything he does. His honorable service in Iraq notwithstanding, Carlos Lazo is a TOOL.

  3. I must plead ignorance… Who is Mr. Roberto J. Piqué?

    Mr. Piqué’s “desire that the Caribbean be converted into another state of the USA.”

    What does that have to do with the Cuban-American community and our representatives in Congress if he’s only expressing HIS DESIRE?

    “He adds that the annexation of Cuba to the U.S. is well on its way to becoming a reality and affirms that the Cuban-American legislators in Congress already represent the aspirations and desires of Cubans on the island.”

    From where does Mr. Piqué claims to get this information? Can he quote the Diaz-Balarts or Ileana Ros-Lehtinen making any statements to the fact? Can he quote any statements from the Cuban exile Community?

    I have never heard anything more preposteros in my life. Cuban nationalism runs very deep, annexation will never happen.

  4. I would fight annexation as earnestly and with the same hatred that I would fight fidel. No way Cuba becomes a state/possesion/republic or whatever!!!
    As for the rest of his comments there is some truth and some exagerations. But my focus is on no annexation.

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