President Bush tells UN to insist on freedoms in Cuba after Castro
Posted: 25 September 2007 07:25 AM   [ Ignore ]
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US President George W. Bush, in a speech to the UN General Assembly here Tuesday, called for “free and competitive elections” in Cuba, saying the long rule of ailing President Fidel Castro “is nearing its end.”

“In Cuba, the long rule of a cruel dictator is nearing its end,” he told world leaders gathered here, in a reference to Castro.

“The Cuban people are ready for their freedom,” he added, stressing as the communist-rule island enters a period of transition, “The United Nations must insist on free speech, free assembly and ultimately free and competitive elections.”

The United States and Cuba do not have full diplomatic relations. The United States has a trade embargo on Havana that it clamped 45 years ago.

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Posted: 25 September 2007 07:26 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I don’t know. I think most countries are Castro lovers in the UN.

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Posted: 25 September 2007 10:06 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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and here’s Cuba’s reply:

Cuba protests Bush’s U.N. speech

NEW YORK - (AP)—Cuba’s foreign minister walked out of the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday in protest of President Bush’s speech in which he said the ‘‘long rule of a cruel dictator is nearing its end’’ on the communist island.

The Cuban delegation issued a statement saying the decision by Foreign Minister Felipe Pérez Roque to leave was a ``sign of profound rejection of the arrogant and mediocre statement by President Bush.’‘

In his speech, Bush looked ahead to a Cuba no longer ruled by Fidel Castro, the ailing 81-year-old leader who has not appeared in public in more than a year, since ceding power to a provisional government headed by his brother Raúl.

‘‘In Cuba, the long rule of a cruel dictator is nearing its end,’’ Bush said. ``The Cuban people are ready for their freedom. And as that nation enters a period of transition, the United Nations must insist on free speech, free assembly and, ultimately, free and competitive elections.’‘

Cuba’s U.N. Mission said Bush had no moral standing to criticize anyone.

It accused Bush of responsibility ‘‘for the murder of over 600,000 civilians in Iraq’’ and for ‘‘the torture of prisoners’’ at the U.S. Navy base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, where more than 300 men are being held on suspicion of terrorism or links to al Qaeda or the Taliban.

‘‘He is a criminal and has no moral authority or credibility to judge any other country,’’ the mission’s statement said. ``Cuba condemns and rejects every letter of his infamous tirade.’’

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Posted: 19 December 2007 04:07 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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that’s ridiculous… Bush really is not in a position to criticize but that doesn’t mean that he is wrong. Castro is indeed cruel. I am so happy for the Cuban people that they are finally going to be free of him… now I’m just waiting for Chavez to leave Venezuela.

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Posted: 20 December 2007 07:41 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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to quote a couple of lines from an old Phil Ochs song:
“And they argue through the night
Black is black, and white is white
Walk away both knowing they are right”

Although in many ways I admire Fidel for what he’s accomplished for Cuba ( unfortunately cant think of anything to admire Bush for) both have caused much suffering both in their countries and abroad, so dont think either is in a position to preach.

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Posted: 20 December 2007 07:53 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Remember President Bush has not been in office since 1959!

He will be out of office in January 2009. Fidel could still be President of Cuba.

You tell me which is better.

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