Mr. President: Remember the Brothers to the Rescue killed 25 years ago today

We hear that President Biden wants to change the tough approach that the Trump administration set against Cuba.  He wants dialogue, whatever that means, with a dictatorship.  How can you talk to a regime that locks up its own people?

From Miami to other cities, Cuban Americans will remember today, the 25th anniversary of a terrible massacre over the Florida Straits. On this day in 1996, four young men on a humanitarian mission were killed by the Cuban Air Force.   

Our friends at Capitol Hill Cubans recalled what happened that awful day.  This is from Senior U.S. District Judge Lawrence King in the civil lawsuit against the Castro regime and the Cuban Air Force (FAR):

“The government of Cuba, on February 24th 1996,in outrageous contempt for international law and basic human rights, murdered four human beings in international airspace over the Florida Straits. The victims were Brothers to the Rescue pilots, flying two civilian unarmed planes on a routine humanitarian mission, searching for rafters in the waters between Cuba and the Florida Keys.

As the civilian planes flew over international waters, a Russian built MiG 29 of the Cuban Air Force, without warning, reason, or provocation blasted the defenseless planes out of the sky with sophisticated air-to-air missiles in two separate attacks. The pilots and their aircraft disintegrated in the mid-air explosions following the impact of the missiles. The destruction was so complete that the four bodies were never recovered.””

What was “the crime”? They were flying over international waters looking for rafters and advising the US Coast Guard.   It was a humanitarian act that posed no threat to the Cuban regime.

The four victims were: Armando Alejandre Jr. (45 years old), Carlos Alberto Costa (29), Mario Manuel de la Peña (24), and Pablo Morales (29).

Three of these young men were US citizens and the 4th was a legal resident.  

On behalf of their families, I call on the Biden Administration to remember that nothing has changed in Cuba. To my knowledge, the regime has never apologized for the criminal act.

P.S.  You can listen to my show (Canto Talk).

1 thought on “Mr. President: Remember the Brothers to the Rescue killed 25 years ago today”

  1. Again, this does NOT matter and never did. Even a total politician like Vil Clinton, knowing his wife would be running for president in 2016, had no qualms about publicly meeting the man who ordered the killings in 2015 on conspicuously cordial terms–which he was in no way obligated to do. Maybe he thought Hillary was a shoo-in at that point even if she lost Florida, but the optics of such a disgraceful and gratuitous interaction were still horrible–to “those people,” that is, but nobody else, and the SOB knew that. Maybe he even did it partly as a way of giving the finger to “those people,” knowing how they despised him over Elián.

    In other words, these killings in no way affect how Castro, Inc. is seen or treated by the usual suspects. The matter is simply irrelevant to them, as if it never happened. Certainly, the Biden people couldn’t care less.

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