Castro Kingdom perfects the art of hostage-taking: Alan Gross, Elian redux

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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.

5 thoughts on “Castro Kingdom perfects the art of hostage-taking: Alan Gross, Elian redux”

  1. “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.”

    You’re a very mean person, Carlos!

  2. I am guessing TWFKAP is being funny or quoting mushy liberals.

    I am wondering as I read this post how it can be explained that so many who pay confiscatory prices to visit Cuba to do
    good deeds” are Jewish. Would Jews have urged visits to Germany in the 1940’s or to South Africa during Apartheid as indispensable for people to people travel? How did this happen that when Cuba is concerned, there is a different standard?

    Recently I saw a description of a Tauck Tour to Cuba.
    I had gone to the National Parks, all five star all the way, with Tauck. The best hotels, the best rooms near the rim of the parks’ displays, the best everything. It was the same number of days of the Cuba trip.
    For the Cuba trip, stays were not at fancy places, often mere motels; the events of the week were empty things that cost nothing and did nothing but see dancers or talk to people. There were no expensive places to treat you with five star meals. In every respect the trip was shoddy as it was described (I won’t even talk about the baloney, propaganda guests were being indoctrinated with). Yet this Cuba trip was almost twice the cost of my glamorous National Park trip.
    So obviously, Cuba, that is the Castros, were making a fortune fleecing these sappy travelers.
    Yet people clamor to go on this trip. I cannot understand it.

  3. “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.”

    From your mouth to God’s ears Carlos, and not only would it bring home Gross, but would give the world a peak at what an anti-apartheid South Africa style blockade could do for Cuba. But of course that too would be mean.

  4. The whole Gross business is just sad, from pretty much every angle. It’s hard to believe that so many people, especially American Jews, would be unable or unwilling to do the fairly simple math of the case. Of course, if one won’t hold Obama responsible for doing his job (or rather, failing to do it), then one must resort to some sort of scapegoat or fabricated culprit (one guess as to who or what that may be). And btw, we’re talking about a Dem hostage who didn’t just vote for Obama but actively campaigned for him in 2008, not some Tea Party “extremist” or Republican “reactionary” (let alone a Cuban-American). In other words, as I’ve said before, Obama is NOT serious about freeing Gross, unless he could manage to do it on the terms set by Castro, Inc. without looking like a spineless, unprincipled weakling. The POTUS has had the power to bring Gross home since Day 1; he has simply chosen not to use it.

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