For the past few days, news coverage of Cuba has consisted mainly of gushing over the regime’s largesse in providing free sex change operations. Even the small news operation with pretensions of grandeur in my town has plastered video of Mariela Castro on the screen. I can just picture all the white bread viewers going “How nice. Why are we still being so mean to them?”…which is why Nat Hentoff’s column in the Jewish World Review is so important.
It is a reminder that there will be no DVD’s or Sopranos (or I would add free sex changes) for Elias Biscet, or Jorge Luis Garcia Paneque, or Ivan Hernandez Carrillo, or any of the other hundreds of political prisoners languishing in the Cuban Gulag. In the midst the successor’s propaganda blitz, Hentoff provides his readers not only with a context, but more importantly with the truth.