Earlier this week Ziva posted a note asking readers to contact the White House and remind President Bush to discuss Cuba when he receives the Pope later this month. Readers will remember that the first foreign diplomat to LITERALLY BLESS the monarchical succession in Cuba was Cardinal Bertone, the Pope’s secretary of state.
Well it seems that we weren’t the only ones with that idea, the Cuban Liberty Council printed postcards addressed to the White House showing a grinning Bertone gladhanding raul castro (once upon a time CANF would have executed such a campaign, thanks Joedilocks). Apparently 30,000 of the postcards were sent according to a Herald blog post.
Bertone further inflamed the feelings of exiles by noting that Cuba seemed interested in exchanging political prisoners for five federal defendants convicted in Miami in connection with alleged spying for the Cuban government. The postcard rejected the notion of a prisoner-spy swap. The postcards, more than 30,000 of them were the idea of the Cuban Liberty Council.
“Since you will be meeting with His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI on April 16, 2008, we would like to respectfully remind you that those five spies, some serving life sentences in U.S. prisons, were found guilty for the murder of American citizens in international air space, as ordered by Fidel and Raul Castro,’’ the postcard says on its reverse side.
Message delivered. White House spokesman Blair Jones said “During the visit we expect the President and the Pope to discuss human rights in Cuba.’’
I hope president Bush bends Bertone’s ear and then some about it.