Propaganda, opportunism, threats, blackmail and ransom.

Once again Cubanophobia rears its ugly head.
In the latest opinion piece from the Miami Herald’s newest nuanced- blame the exiles for everything first-spokesperson, Myryam Marquez, makes the ultimate case for giving the Cuban regime whatever it wants:

Think U.S. national security. If this war of words escalates and aid to Cuba from other countries likely falls short, we can expect another rafter crisis.

There you have it. Do just what the regime asks, pay the ransom, or else, it’s another Mariel-another barbarian horde at our shores.
Ms. Marquez’s logic in arguing for the United States to call the Cuban regime’s “bluff” is much more inconsistent than then her predecessor, Ana Menendez, who always knew that the rabid hard-line Cuban exile community was the root of evil. At least she was consistent.
Propaganda, opportunism, threats, blackmail and ransom.

Marquez claims that both the US government and the Cuban regime “keep going in circles, sizing up one another to see how they can gain the political advantage out of hurricanes”
The United States, since it’s governed by the rule of law, has to obey procedures and protocols. In order for aid to flow as Marquez admits it is now doing to Haiti, the American taxpayer needs to be protected so that funds are targeted directly to the aid disaster victims and not the pockets of corrupt government officials. How is this trying to get a political advantage? On the contrary, by following the same procedures with Cuba that it would with any other country, the US is keeping politics out of it, not “dangling a carrot” with a “paltry $100,000” as Marquez claims. Of course, quasi- dictatorships like Venezuela and Russia have no such concerns about taxpayer funds and do what they please with national funds, and even Venezuela sent a team of inspectors to Cuba to assess how Venezuela can best contribute to the relief efforts.
Marquez, admits that Cuba’s communist regime is trying to use the devastation for political purposes and holding the Cuban population hostage so that it can get some credit and continue the 50 year hostage crisis, but feels compelled to also hold the exile community and the United States government responsible:

Because while the two governments are pointing fingers and the exile community keeps arguing over who’s right on how to end the dictatorship, millions of desperate people are being held hostage to hunger and homelessness

I understand that its an accepted myth that Cuban American exiles exert some kind of undue and disproportional influence in America’s international politics. If that were only true, the marines would have liberated Cuba 40 something years ago and I would we would be arguing on how Cubans could best aid Ike’s victims-in Texas-in Spanish.
Yes, it is true that some in the US are using the devastation that Gustav and Ike left in their wake for political purposes: The same crowd that has always wanted to allow the hostage takers access to more guns and ammunition to continue to keep the Cuban people hostage, have been using the current humanitarian crisis as an “opportunity” and a “remarkable moment” to finally accomplish their dreams of getting the US taxpayer to fund the Cuban tyranny and hand the regime its final “triumph.”
Since their media campaign to paint the USA as the bad guys hasn’t succeeded in getting the United States to pay the ransom, a new blackmail campaign is starting. Do what they say or we’ll send you some rafters.
Propaganda, opportunism, threats, blackmail and ransom-the tools of Marxists and their leftist friends abroad.

3 thoughts on “Propaganda, opportunism, threats, blackmail and ransom.”

  1. Reinier, spot on as usual. The Herald would be very fortunate to have a writer as astute as you as a columnist.

  2. This is basically Ana Menendez lite. I guess the Herald feels it can no longer afford to be so blatant, but it can’t bring itself to cease and desist. Of course, it’s not fooling anybody. All I need to know about Marquez is that she was the editor behind Oscar Corral’s notorious hatchet job. In other words, game over.

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