From Haaretz, the latest on efforts to force the exchange of Castronoid spies for long-suffering hostage Alan Gross.
Notice that no mention is made of the injustice of Gross’s imprisonment or of the demands being made by Castrogonia.
Notice, too, that the chief unspoken assumption of this upcoming demonstration in D.C. is that only total capitulation by President Obama to Castrogonian demands can secure Gross’s release. This is what is meant by those who say President Obama “has the power” to secure Gross’s freedom.
This, of course, is an assumption that stems as much from sheer desperation as from acceptance of Castronoid propaganda.
As was the case with Elian Gonzalez back in 1999-2000, all press coverage of Gross’s fate presents the Castrogonian demands as totally reasonable and everyone who disagrees with that warped point of view as unreasonable, uncaring, and perhaps also evil.
Why is no one suggesting this alternative strategy to President Obama instead? :
Cancel all “people-to-people “travel junkets from the U.S., along with travel by Cuban “exiles” to the motherland and visits to the U.S. by Cuban artists and academics; freeze all money remittances; halt the sale of American agricultural products to Castrogonia.
Chances are that such a strategy would bring Gross home immediately.
D.C. Jews press Obama to secure subcontractor’s release from Cuban jail
Alan Gross was arrested in 2009 while on a mission to hook up Cuba’s small Jewish community to the Internet; a rally planned for Dec. 3 is meant to raise awareness for his cause.
Alan Gross’ wife, Judy, and Washington’s Jewish community are calling on U.S. President Barack Obama to prioritize securing his release from a Cuban jail.
Judy Gross will attend a demonstration at Lafayette Park outside the White House along with officials from the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington at noon on Dec. 3, the fourth anniversary of his imprisonment. Joining them will be other faith leaders and local elected officials.
Gross, a subcontractor for the State Department on a mission to hook up Cuba’s small Jewish community to the Internet, was arrested in December 2009 as he was leaving Cuba. He is serving a 15-year sentence for “crimes against the state.”
At the rally, Judy Gross will read an excerpt of her most recent letter from her husband.
“It is clear that only the president of the United States has the power to bring me home,” Gross says in an excerpt of the letter the family provided to JTA. “On behalf of my family and myself, on behalf of every American who might ever find himself or herself in trouble abroad – I ask President Obama to direct his administration to take meaningful, proactive steps to secure my immediate release.”
Judy Gross told JTA in an interview that her husband, 64, is depressed and is in chronic pain from arthritis.
“The best thing to do is contact the White House,” she said she’d tell people at the rally. “Ask them to do what you need to do to get Alan home.” She would not elaborate except to say that the “president has the power to do what it takes to get him home.”
The Cuban government has indicated that it wants the United States to allow the return of Cuba five spies currently in prison or on probation in the United States.