Over one million Cuban citizens have died at the hands or as a result of the actions of the Castro regime. From the firing squads and summary trials of1959, to those tortured and killed in draconian prisons, to the ones that have perished as a result of starvation, police beatings or simply fleeing in rafts and every other conveyance. From shocking events such as the sinking of the 13 de Marzo tugboat to the downing of the Brothers to the Rescue planes, the world has stood silent and failed to condemn the Castro regime for their actions. To those that find a myriad of excuses to visit Cuba and specially the small minded who think that sipping mojitos and smoking Cohibas in Varadero Beach is a "Cuban experience", shame on you for validading a tyranny and disregarding the suffering of the Cuban people.
So, Anon, no one should ever visit the USA for what we did to the Native Americans....
Anon # 2 what "we did" to the native Americans happened centuries ago. What the Castro regime has done to Cuban citizens continues to occur to this day. That is the difference.
"Anon # 2 what "we did" to the native Americans happened centuries ago." Not quite, The native leader ship would certainly give you a argument here.It's only about 2 or 3 decades since Congress threw up their hands and decided to hand over the Indian support money to a tribe administration, Instead of funneling it through a Gov administrator, at a cut in excess of 95% !!!!!!!The consequences of just this one action are still with us, like the consequences of slavery, that happened "centuries" ago.Anon #2 could have just as easily cited several examples from the last 3 decades to make his point.
On May 13, 1939, the German transatlantic liner St. Louis sailed from Hamburg, Germany, for Havana, Cuba. On the voyage were 937 passengers. Almost all were Jews fleeing from the Third Reich.I think that is what this post is about, Jews being turned away by the Cuban government. Not about whatever you anonymous posters are talking about.
We look back on history and see these big mistakes. If Cuba had let them in, what would have been the impacts for development of that Island nation? Chances are Cuba would be much more advanced than it is today. If we had let them in, how would they have transformed Miami? America? We would eventually have to join the war anyway. But no one in power could see it. Everyone was bias against Jews. I remember growing up when Miami Beach had signs on the streets that said "No Niggers, Jews, or dogs." This is why it is so important to have many different vantage points around people of power. Thank goodness we have moved forward from this kind of bias.
David,If you don't think the U.S. government is to blame for pressuring the Cuban government to turn away the St. Louis think again. If I remember reading correctly, the St. Louis was also turned away from U.S. shores. The incident was a travesty at a time when governments could act with impunity and with little accepted interference from its citizens. There was a large Jewish community in Cuba prior to the arrival of the Castro regime and they were persecuted as well for their religious beliefs. Jews, Native Americans, Cubans all victims of greed, arrogance and hatred.
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