Letters to the Editor

Supporters of efforts in Cuba misguided

To the Editor,

Re: Caravan participants share story of effort to aid Cuba, April 9.

Pastors For Peace may be well-intentioned, but that hardly excuses their support of dictators and murderers. Yes, I did say murderers.

Spokeswoman Ruth Caspell predictably blames the U.S. for the poverty of Cubans when even with the support of the former USSR, Fidel Castro’s hard-line communism devastated the Cuban economy.

It isn’t the ‘cost’ of Chinese goods that’s problematic, it’s the subsistence wages paid to even the most educated Cubans, in combination with the communist government’s refusal to allow citizens to determine their own destiny.

And how can these ‘people of God’ embrace the name of Che Guevara, elevating him to near sainthood? Guevara was chief executioner for the Castro regime and a stone-cold killer.

Guevara fulfilled the same grisly role as Felix Drezhinsky under Lenin,  Himmler under Hitler, and Beria under Stalin. Like them, he fulfilled the bloody wishes of his master: Fidel Castro.

Cuban journalist Luis Ortega, who knew Guevara as early as 1954, writes in his book Yo Soy El Che! that Guevara sent 1,897 men to the firing squad.

Note the number of Island nations enjoying relative prosperity and remember that despite the U.S.  embargo, Cuba has 193 other countries with whom they could trade.

One wonders why believers of ‘liberation theology’ so publicly embrace the thugs and dictators who crush liberty, while creating the very impoverishment they claim to serve.

I’m left wondering whether this is yet another front group or since I’ve already mentioned Lenin,  they merely act as “useful idiots”.

Randy O’Donnell

Nanaimo

 

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