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Voice: In Cuba, who is the victim?

July 11, 2001

Cuba's Cuban Interest Section Chief Fernando Remirez de Estenoz would have readers believe that Cuba's maximum leader, Fidel Castro, needs do nothing to improve relations and claims to be the victim, rather than the oppressor, "… we are the victims."

Envoy Remirez de Estonez cites Cuba having returned farm land to private hands from "75 percent state-owned …" in only three years to "30 percent" today. Armando Valladares' book, "Against All Hope," published by a free world press, accounts Castro's gulag system and offers one counterpoint as to why Cubans go hungry on a tropical island.

Castro decreed that coffee should be planted in the city of Havana — that failed miserably, as do all centrally planned agricultural agendas of a socialized economy absent of free markets.

Mr. Remirez de Estenoz alleges that, "nobody in Cuba is in jail because of what they think." His statement is absolute semantics because the Cuban Revolution, i.e. Castro, punishes people for the act of thinking rather than what they think.

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The Cuban diplomat could be right about establishing trade with the result that imported Yankee dollars and goods will permeate the island, penetrate the Cuban psyche and topple a cruel, arrogant, despotic and mass-murdering regime.

DAVID BONIFACE

El Centro

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