They write letters

A reader of the Miami Herald sent a letter to the editor complaining about Mauricio Claver-Carone’s warning to future Cuba travelers. In his missive, the reader unwittingly proves Claver-Carone’s point.

Responding to a Reader
The following was published as a Letter to the Editor in the Miami Herald:

I read Mauricio Claver-Carone’s Feb. 12 Other Views column, Travelers to Cuba beware, with disappointment. I do not support the treatment that U.S. government contractor Alan Gross has received, and I hope that he comes home soon. However, I find Claver-Carone’s insinuation that those who travel to Cuba for educational purposes will somehow be subjected to the same treatment off-base.

I have traveled to Cuba twice through such programs. They are supported by the Cuban government-run Cuban Institute for Friendship with the People. Indeed, such programs always begin with a welcome from Institute officials who, surprisingly, are quite frank in their criticism of the status quo in Cuba.

Whether the people-to-people programs are effective in meeting their stated goals is a legitimate debate I look forward to having with Claver-Carone someday. In the meantime, I invite him, and the organizations that he leads, to do some hands-on, face-to-face research with the Cuban people before he makes such dangerously misleading statements.

Chad Purdie, Miami

Allow us to emphasize two sentences:

I have traveled to Cuba twice through such programs. They are supported by the Cuban government-run Cuban Institute for Friendship with the People.

And that, Dear Reader, is precisely the problem — not to mention the absolute sham — of such travel to Cuba.

Have no doubt, as long as you continue to travel to Cuba under Castro-vetted, approved and controlled programs, you are in no danger.

However, you are doing nothing to help the Cuban people free themselves from the longest and most repressive dictatorship the Western Hemisphere has ever seen.

To the contrary, you are (perhaps unwittingly) doing exactly what the regime wants.

4 thoughts on “They write letters”

  1. Unreal

    “They are supported by the Cuban government-run Cuban Institute for Friendship with the People.”

    This poor sap needs some coaching on proper disclosure from “Cuba Experts.”

  2. The problems according to all these Cuba experts is they think that they know more than us that lived under the Castro tyranny.

  3. “Cuban Institute for Friendship with the People”, “Instituto Cubano de Amistad con los Pueblos” has been a subversive organization since its foundation in 1960. I mean, we are not talking merely Cuban government here, but an institution specifically created to export revolution. What an idiot.

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