Deja Vu

More than 2,000 Venezuelans received U.S. asylum in 2004 and 2005, figures newly released by the Office of Immigration Statistics indicate. In 1997 — the year before Chávez was first elected — only nine Venezuelans received asylum in the United States.

Parallels in Alejandro Costa’s family history are unsettling.

His father, José Costa Moure, fled to Venezuela in 1959 after Fidel Castro seized power in Cuba. And after concluding that Castro’s ally in Caracas, President Hugo Chávez, was turning Venezuela into another Cuba, Costa fled Venezuela in 2004.

We know, this is just the beginning. The Miami Herald story is here.

12 thoughts on “Deja Vu”

  1. Ziva:

    You have unravelled the mystery of the Korda photograph; see my last comment on the “More About Kordavision” thread.

  2. Someone will remember this quote and its’ author better than me: “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”

    As a businessman, I think the fact that Chavez has all the oil that that will help him outrun his blunders in the short run.

    But that is just an opinion.

    Ironically like most socialists you need the capitalists to pay for your regime.

    He needs the market for oil to fund his misadventures. Much like Fidel and Raul have used the military to run businesses in Cuba as joint ventures with countries like Spain in tourism and Canada in Nickel.

    As Paul Tsongas used to say: “No goose, no golden egg.” Even a Dem had to acknowledge the importance of the free market.

    But in the end, Chavez, like all socialists will screw it up.

    After all he has such a great, if dying teacher.

  3. Many Venezuelans have asked me over the years, “How did you Cubans let this happen?” I guess they have their answer now.

    Our tragic example has been of absolutely no use to our Latin American brethren. At least Cubans made the mistake first and will be the first to overcome it, hopefully.

  4. It will be ironic if in the end, venezuelans have to flee to Cuba to escape from Chávez. That is, after castrism (not only castro) finally dies in the island.

  5. Off topic:

    Flipping through the channels tonight waiting for SNL to come on, I came upon The Naked Brothers Band on Nick at Nite and lo and behold, they’re blurring out the image of Che on the t-shirt that one of the lead characters is wearing. It’s exactly the scene that was depicted in the still in your recent post about the subject. Blurred out. Somebody either got some sense or one of your emails and calls got through to somebody. Peace. –s

  6. jsb:

    This is good news indeed. The blurring is often done to conceal brand names on tee-shirts and such, especially when the station or the program’s producer has not been paid a placement fee or the brand is not an advertiser under contract. This may be the first time that this expedient has been used to remove the effigy of a mass murderer.

  7. Today is the 157th anniversary of the birth of the Apostle José Martí. May this be the last year that it is commemorated under the aegis of tyranny. And may his spirit, which once united all Cubans, unite us again in the cause of freedom.

  8. There is an article in Sunday’s “Diario las Américas” which shows Cuban children parading in honor of Martí’s 154th birthday. They are not, however, carrying pictures of Martí but of Castro. There is, I think, no better illustration of the moral abyss into which our country has fallen.

    Shortly there will be, however, a more macabre example of the denegration of our values. Just as Castro’s racism and historical myopia caused him to have Blas Roca buried with Maceo, his henchmen, perhaps following Castro’s own instructions, will bury him with Martí.

    That will be Fidel Castro’s final knife thrust into the heart of our country.

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