U.S. Congressmen bitchslap the Spanish

Oh, man. I love this:

US Congressmen Woo Ex-Communist EU States On Cuban Democracy 30 August 2007
BUDAPEST (AP)–A group of Cuban-American U.S. congressmen Thursday urged Hungary and other former communist states to play a greater role in advocating for democratic changes in Cuba.
The lawmakers said the transition of these countries from totalitarian regimes to democracy gave them credibility in the issue and a better grasp of Cuban reality.
“A country that has gone through the experience (Hungary) has gone through can play a major role in assistance and providing support for democracy in Cuba,” said U.S. Rep. Albio Sires, a Democrat from New Jersey.
Sires and the rest of the delegation said Hungary and the European Union could assist the changes in Cuba by finding ways to help Cuban dissidents and insisting that free elections be held on the island after Fidel Castro’s death.
The congressmen also were critical of Spain’s position toward Cuba, especially of investments in Cuba made by Spanish companies, and said the Eastern European countries needed to be more determined in efforts to lead the European Union’s position on Cuba.
“In the E.U., there is too much acceptance of the supposed leadership from Spain on the issue of Cuba,” said Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, a Republican from Florida. “Spain still seems to be in the 19th century, defending colonial interests with regards to Cuba.”
“Why this Spanish consensus of support for the regime in Cuba? That’s why countries like Hungary must be assertive.”
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, like his brother also a Florida Republican, said the current Spanish government led by Socialist Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero was “one of the strongest collaborators of (Cuba’s) totalitarian, apartheid dictatorship.”
Earlier this year, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice chided Spain for doing business with Castro while not working more to support dissidents.
The Spanish government said engagement was the best way to influence Castro’s regime, and that there has been frequent contact with dissident groups since the Socialist government took office in 2004.
The U.S. delegation also thanked Hungary for recently agreeing to provide asylum to 29 Cuban refugees held at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. naval base.
“The humanitarian gesture is greatly appreciated,” Lincoln Diaz-Balart said.
After learning of the decision to take in the refugees, Cuba called Hungary an “imperial accomplice” of Washington, and said it was being “servile” to its “powerful and aggressive master,” the United States.
The three congressmen met with Hungarian Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany, Foreign Minister Kinga Goncz and opposition leaders during their stay, part of a trip which also includes stops in Poland and the Czech Republic. [ 30-08-07 1045GMT ]

7 thoughts on “U.S. Congressmen bitchslap the Spanish”

  1. Bull’s eye:
    “Spain still seems to be in the 19th century, defending colonial interests with regards to Cuba.”
    There’s nothing to add to that. I saw that attitude years ago when I visited Spain; son egoistas, atrasados, y torpes. Look at the bloody history of dictatorships in Latin America post-colonialism, and tell me what Spain has ever done about it.

  2. Off topic: Check out therealcuba.com. raul is apparently visiting golf courses in Italy, while Roque is vacationing in Brazil—-and with all those rumors abounding!
    Very interesting.

  3. Gigi:
    Here is something else to add: Spain effected the Cuban Holocaust of 1896-97 with their Reconcentrado Policy.
    Half a million Cubans were herded into fortified cities and concentration camps, where 170,000 died of starvation and disease within 18 months, thus wiping out ten percent of the island’s population. Spain remains unapologetic and refuses to recognize that they did anything wrong. We certainly do not need the Spaniards in Cuba after the demise of the Castro dictatorship.

  4. Val –
    Cooperation with Hungary could be VERY helpful to a Post-Castro Cuba. Among other things they make great buses. Seen what is on the island now in RealCuba.com. They could sure use a bunch of new ones.

  5. Now, now Val. Oscar Corral doesn’t like it when you use the word “bitchslap” because he feels it promotes violence. I hear he’s very sensitive about how bitches are treated in fact his excuse for allegedly negotiating fellatio was that he was helping a woman in distress. He probably was. The police reports say that in addition to the hooker her pimp was also picked up during the sting. You see Corral’s 50 bucks was going to save this damsel in distress from a bitchslap.

  6. The pimp got arrested with brass knuckles. It would have been Oscar Corral who would have been bitch slapped with brass knuckles had he not paid the full amount to the barely-legal teenage prostitute who is nearly half of Corral’s age.

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