Hurricane Fidel Has Been Cuba's Worst Disaster
While New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is in Cuba this week learning about
natural-disaster preparedness from the Castro regime, he should use the
opportunity to hold the government's feet to the fire for the manmade
disaster it has imposed on the Cuban people for five decades.
In Cuba, it doesn't take a hurricane to cause power outages; government
rationing of electricity has been doing that for some time. The
destruction of the agricultural economy didn't begin when storms
destroyed crops; it began when the regime took control of the means of
production. The country's infrastructure didn't start crumbling because
of hurricane-strength winds; it's been deteriorating for decades, along
with many aspects of Cuban life, because of a regime obsessed with using
its limited resources to maintain power, deprive its people of
fundamental liberties and close itself off from the free world.
But perhaps the worst part about the regime's hurricane-mitigation
program is its routine, cruel, and inhumane rejection of American aid.
If Mayor Nagin is in Cuba learning about the regime's hurricane-response
efforts, he shouldn't be surprised to discover that the worst disaster
in Cuba's history has been a manmade one called Hurricane Fidel.
— Marco Rubio is a Republican running for the U.S. Senate in Florida.
Hurricane Fidel Has Been Cuba's Worst Disaster – Marco Rubio – The
Corner on National Review Online (19 October 2009)