The Hypocrisy of Anti-Embargo Proponents

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While members of the opposition in Cuba were being arrested, beaten, and repressed by the brutal Castro dictatorship, a U.S. Congressional delegation was enjoying a VIP Potemkin Village tour of the island courtesy of the regime.

Capitol Hill Cubans exposes the despicable hypocrisy of the anti-embargo proponents in Washington D.C.:

Another Congressional Boondoggle to Cuba
According to the Louisville Courier-Journal:

Just back from a trip to Cuba, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth said Friday that it’s time for the United States to normalize relations with its island neighbor […]

Yarmuth and Democratic Reps. Steve Cohen of Tennessee and Donna Edwards of Maryland spent four days in Cuba. They met in Havana and other cities with government leaders, U.S. officials, scholars, economists, foreign diplomats, physicians, artists, farmers and journalists.

The trip was sponsored by the Center for Democracy in the Americas, a nonpartisan group whose goal is to open Cuba and improve U.S. relations with that nation and others in Latin America.

First of all, it’s always interesting to note the irony of the Center for Democracy in the Americas (CDA), which seeks to recognize and normalize relations with Cuba’s Castro regime and Venezuelan tyrant Hugo Chavez — the Western Hemisphere’s antithesis of “democracy.”

It’s also (tragically) interesting to note that during this most recent Congressional boondoggle, nearly a dozen courageous Cuban pro-democracy leaders were violently arrested.

Did the Members visit (or try to visit) with any of them (or their families)?

Of course not.

Click here to see a pictorial from a 2010 CDA boondoggle with Congressional staffers.

Isn’t it nice?

There’s a briefing with Castro regime bureaucrats, a visit to the tourist-designated zone around Cathedral Plaza and naturally, a beautiful country-side bohio (Cuban hut), where they can take home a batch of cigars.

Yet, no visits to pro-democracy leaders Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet in the Lawton neighborhood, Jorge Luis Garcia Perez “Antunez” in Placetas, Sarah Martha Fonseca in Boyeros — where courageous Cuban are confronting the regime’s brutal repression on a daily basis — or even a stop by the notorious Combinado del Este political prison in Pinar del Rio (it’s near the bohio with the cigars).

Unfortunately, that reality is only for the Cuban people — not for regime-sponsored foreign visitors.

Its like visiting Johannesburg during the apartheid-era regime and not visiting the Soweto neighborhood, where regular South Africans were fighting against repression.

There’s a saying in Spanish, “Ojos que no ven, corazon que no siente” (“Eyes that don’t see, heart that doesn’t feel“).