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    Letter: Blame Cuban starvation on Castro
    Posted: January 21, 2010 – 12:11am
    By Pete Montes de Oca

    Editor: I am writing in response to the letter published recently,
    "Cubans suffer many forms of starvation," written by Kristy Weeks, a
    member of an organization that travels often to Cuba for humanitarian
    and educational purposes.

    I haven't been to Cuba since 1960. I fled as a refugee when Fidel Castro
    seized power to become the world's longest-ruling dictator. Implementing
    his own brand of communism, he basically governs the country and its
    people at whim.

    I cannot begin to comprehend how Weeks can lay the blame of the Cuban
    suffering on the U.S. embargo. Granted, it does limit their level of
    imports from the U.S., but Cuba is able to trade freely with every other
    nation in the world. To imply that the embargo is the sole cause of
    their suffering is ludicrous. The reality is that the suffering,
    repression, lack of creativity, and freedom, is generated and controlled
    by one person in Cuba — Fidel Castro. When he dies, his brother Raul
    Castro will call the shots. He is the sole reason that the Cubans'
    passion for life is squelched, not the U.S. embargo, He starves the
    nation artistically, spiritually, economically and physically by
    imposing every form of censorship, and food rationing.

    I can only speculate, but perhaps the organization have been "won over"
    or fooled by the propaganda of Fidel Castro, or perhaps they fear that
    if they acknowledge the reality, even in the U.S., where there is
    freedom of expression, it will filter back to Cuba where they will be
    labeled as an anti-Castro organization, and not be allowed back in the
    country.

    It is honorable that their organization is trying to help this deprived,
    suffering nation, but please keep in mind that it is Fidel Castro that
    controls the fate of 12 million people, and not the U.S. embargo.

    Letter: Blame Cuban starvation on Castro | StAugustine.com (21 January 2010)
    http://staugustine.com/opinions/2010-01-21/letter-blame-cuban-starvation-castro

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