Letters to the Editor | St Petersburg Times
Re: Cuba policy counterproductive.
In your June 25 editorial, you state that the new travel restrictions to Cuba “do nothing to loosen the grip of Castro’s dictatorship.” We could not disagree more.
Just last month, Castro released a handful of political prisoners. Prodemocracy leaders on the island have credited the tightening of sanctions announced by President Bush as a significant factor in the dictatorship’s release of those political prisoners.
Last year, the president established the Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba, tasking the group with identifying ways in which the United States could best help accelerate a democratic transition in Cuba. To its credit, the commission cited the notable financial resources flowing to the pockets of the dictatorship because the previous restrictions were insufficient; the need for the Cuban people to have access to credible information; and the importance of aiding Cuba’s prodemocracy movement. Given this information, the president acted decisively to strengthen sanctions against the dictatorship, taking steps that would enable the Cuban people to view TV Marti and significantly increasing support for Cuba’s growing prodemocracy movement.
The president’s measures are correctly focused on denying the anti-American, terrorist Castro regime financial resources it desperately seeks to further repress the Cuban people and spread terrorism around the world, while working to accelerate a democratic transition in Cuba.
—Congressmen Lincoln Diaz-Balart and Mario Diaz-Balart, Washington