“Move over Ninoska and David Rivera! You Softies!”
“Richardson will meet with State Department officials and recommend no softening of the U.S. position toward the island until Gross is released.”
“The (Gross) case has crippled attempts to improve relations between Washington and Havana.” writes the AP.
But as already pointed out: What’s to soften? What’s to improve? Castro’s Stalinist regime is currently luxuriating off the “free-money” of U.S. remittances and travel, equal to what they used to get from the Russians, but with no strings attached.
But aside from that. Is Gross the only issue here? $2 billion stolen from U.S. citizens in 1960. Millions more stolen through medicare fraud lately. Three U.S. citizens murdered in cold blood during the Brothers to the Rescue shootdown. A Hezbollah and FARC sponsor and base of operations…etc., etc…etc…..
So will Gross’ release mean “borron y cuenta?” (wipe the slate clean?) Why? How would his release compensate for all the other issues?
Last year Iran released American hiker Sarah Shourd. And looks like they’ll release the other two next week. Will everything then be hunky-dory between us and Iran?
South Africa never lifted a finger against U.S. citizens, property or interests. Yet the only “borron y cuenta” available to them was “regime-change. “And the only charge against this regime was repression of it’s black “citizens”– a mistreatment that compare’s to the Castro regime’s repression like a case of the sniffles compares to the Bubonic plague. To wit:
According to Anti-Apartheid activists (none denounced anywhere as “crackpots!” “intransigents!” and “hard-liners!”, by the way) a grand total of 3000 political prisoners passed through South Africa’s Robben Island prison in roughly 30 years under the Apartheid regime. Usually about 1000 were held. These were out of a South African population of 40 million. In its day, the regime responsible for these incarcerations weathered a relentless campaign of vituperation from every political, press and academic pulpit on the face of the earth until economic sanctions by practically every nation on the face of the earth battered, crippled and finally finished it.
According to the Human Rights group, Freedom House, a grand total of 500,000 political prisoners have passed through Stalinist Cuba’s various prisons and forced-labor camps, mostly during the 60’s and 70’s. At one time in 1961 300,000 Cubans were jailed for political offenses. This was out of a Cuban population in 1960 of 6.4 million. Among these were the longest suffering political prisoners in MODERN HISTORY. history