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  • Adios Democracy! Welcome Fidel! The Organization of American States Ends Cuba’s Suspension

    Handshakes with Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, steps to alter Cuba policy, positive enthusiasm for a Leftist regime in El Salvador, and a generally apologetic tone for past U.S. misbehavior in Latin America has done little to calm the anti-American rage of the vanguard of Latin America’s Bolivarian leaders.

    Ready to shred constitutional guarantees, trample individual liberties, and manipulate political systems to perpetuate power, the Bolivarian cabal argues that democratic governance must not be an issue between the U.S. and the rest of Latin America.

    The latest stratagem is to permit totalitarian Cuba’s return, if it so desires, to the Organization of American States (OAS) without conditions. [Cuba was suspended in 1962 at the height of the Cold War.]

    In Honduras for the annual meeting of the OAS, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton balked at giving Cuba a free pass. She linked the “fundamental values of the OAS and the Inter-American Democratic Charter to Cuba’s return” and called for a “process that would address the fundamental questions about democracy and human rights.”

    Waiting in Honduras were a chorus of Bolivarian leaders, such as President Manuel Zelaya of Honduras who demanded “a correction for the day of infamy in 1962 [the year of the Cuban Missile Crisis] when the OAS suspended Cuba’s membership. Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega lashed out at the OAS, calling it “an instrument of domination by the U.S.”

    Fidel Castro then reached out to his leftist allies, writing:

    Never has such rebellion been seen. Without any doubt, the battle is a hard one. Many countries are dependent on the index finger of one hand of the government of the United States pointing at the Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the Inter American Development Bank, or in any other direction for punishing rebelliousness. Having waged it is already a feat in itself on the part of the most rebellious. June 2, 2009 will be recalled by future generations.

    On June 3, the OAS reached out to Fidel and voted to revoke Cuba’s suspension, apparently without conditions, delivering to the Obama Administration and anyone interested in democracy in the Americas a serious and sobering rebuff.

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    8 Responses to Adios Democracy! Welcome Fidel! The Organization of American States Ends Cuba’s Suspension

    1. FreeMarketeros says:

      It's interesting how the loudest advocates for Cuba's inclusion in the OAS are the 21st Century Socialist governments most guilty of eroding democracy. One of them is Ecuador, whose record of suppressing journalists is appalling.

      Secretary of State Clinton dropped the ball by not condemning the pro-Cuba OAS members, some of whom were quoted as saying that the U.S. focus on democracy has been a mere distraction all these years. The Obama Administration's willingness to look the other way on democracy and human rights in the western hemisphere is a tragic departure from the prior eight years. It's difficult to imagine a worse foreign policy mistake affecting the western hemisphere in the future.

      U.S. producers and millions of Colombians are waiting for the administration to finalize the U.S.-Colombia FTA. However, it seems we are too occupied cheering on despots to work with our trusted allies on issues such as drug eradication and fighting terrorism.

    2. Barb -mn says:

      Leaders of the world don't have the strength to carry on democracy. Not like our president…!!!!!!!!!

    3. Barb -mn says:

      Our President Ronald Reagan.

    4. Jorge Hernandez says:

      US Congress should tell them to move the OAS to Habana….without The United States….enough is enough!. Let them pay for their anti-american show.

    5. Davod, Reston, VA says:

      Everyone takes their cue from us whether we like it or not. In the words of the almighty we should not seek to impose our values of democracy and human rights on others. They are universal values. Just like the Bolivarians, and Egypt, and Iran and Saudi Arabia, and, and, and, and…..

    6. Lynn B. DeSpain says:

      Mr. Obama appears to be President of every Nation but America! How's that, "CHANGE" working for you?


    7. Jorge Hernandez Cali says:

      We are looking more like cuba's 60s and present, more goverment less privacy. God have mercy on us, and may we see another Ronald Reagan in our life time, and less goverment!

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