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  • Easing Cuban Travel Restrictions, Team Obama Slaps Cuba's Political Prisoners In the Face

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    It was a strange way to kick off the Martin Luther King weekend. But last Friday night, President Obama slapped hundreds of Cuba’s political prisoners’ right in the face.

    That’s when the administration announced it will make it easier for Americans who support Castro’s government to send money there and visit the island for propaganda purposes. Travel restrictions will be lifted or relaxed, as will remittances and charter flights.

    It’s a deplorable change — and totally unnecessary. After all, the Castro brothers’ thugs do a good job making their victims miserable without help from the Oval Office.

    Cuba’s prison guards keep their prey in dank underground cells, the easier to dump urine and excrement on them when the whim strikes them, or for rats to scurry in and bite the prisoners while they sleep—which they have to do standing up. (Their cells are not big enough to lie down in.) If you’re uncomfortable reading about these conditions, imagine what it’s like for the prisoners who endure them.

    These men and women—behind bars for years for such infractions as exercising their freedom of speech, assembly, religion or movement—are the few on that island Gulag who still refuse to give in to the communist regime. Cuba’s other millions have learned the art of outwardly going along, lest they, too, get whisked away to one of the prison compounds that dot the island. Who can blame them? How many of us would not just surrender and practice what Orwell called “doublethink”?

    The least we on the outside can do is stand up for the people of Cuba and do exactly what the prisoners do—refuse to cooperate with their tormentors. Unfortunately, President Obama has once again chosen to compromise and cooperate with Castro’s Cuba corrupt regime.

    The timing of the announcement betrays the shame that some in the administration must have felt. Late Friday before a holiday weekend is the time one selects to bury news you’d rather not see get much sunlight.

    As Sen. Marco Rubio, (R-Fla)., said in a statement Friday, “It is unthinkable that the administration would enable the enrichment of a Cuban regime that routinely violates the basic human rights and dignity of its people.”

    Unthinkable not only because this decision throws a cash-starved regime some money, but because of the message it sends Cuba’s prisoners—those actually behind (or in Cuba’s case, under) bars and the millions others walking the streets, but prisoners nonetheless. The U.S. message at the moment is: You’re utterly alone; we outside are accommodating your tyrants, why not you?

    As former Soviet prisoner of conscience Nathan Sharansky has amply testified and written, support from outside nourishes those who languish inside communist borders; it helps them understand they’re not crazy to continue opposing totalitarianism. Denouncing the regime and doing everything to deny it internationally legitimacy is a beacon of light shot inside the Gulag. The Obama administration just dimmed it.

    Cross-posted at FoxNews.com

    You can follow Mike Gonzalez on Twitter @Gundisalvus

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    4 Responses to Easing Cuban Travel Restrictions, Team Obama Slaps Cuba's Political Prisoners In the Face

    1. George Colgrove, VA says:

      As the Castro’s are nearing the end of their lives, we certainly can look forward to a better Cuba with “hope and change”. But facts are damming. Cubans still live under a totalitarian regime. They have recently announced letting 500,000 government workers go – which could be taken as a good sign, but nothing else points to taking the heavy hand off the shoulders of the Cuban people. IT is a sign that the country is short of cash and is desperate for a cash infusion.

      Doing anything other than what we have been doing with Cuba is a slap in the face of Cuban-Americans who lost everything when they fled for freedom. It is a slap in the face of Cuban Americans who have friends and family in Cuban prisons. There is no benefit to Americans or to the American economy to open Cuba for travel. The only winner here is the oppressive Cuban government who can now skim the proceeds of our business with the island for their control over the people. Maybe after they get this cash, they will not have to fire those public workers. This may amount to another public sector bailout in disguise.

    2. Fred W, Fairborn OHI says:

      I hope and pray that in 2012 that everyone remembers what our dear great messiah is doing today. He is slapping so many in the face and my fear is that he will still get re-elected.

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