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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

  1. Follow up post #1 added on July 06, 2004 by hans

    It is well known Lincoln Diaz-Balartis paid by Bacardi and the FNCA. Ofcourse he is saying this stronger line towards Cuba is good policy. He’ paid to say that.

  2. Follow up post #2 added on July 06, 2004 by I-taoist with 213 total posts

          Life on the Animal Farm

    The two plumed roosters crowed and crowed in desperate defence of the pig’ new edicts. Somehow, even they knew, this time they had gone too far. Their latest measures had proven a poisoned pill. The uprising among their former friends and allies was unmistakable, and few if any were still listening to their arguments, turning their backs in disgust. 

    As they continued to try and defend the indefensible, they felt the railing beneath them begin to quiver and shake.  In desperation, they only squawked the louder.

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  3. Follow up post #3 added on July 06, 2004 by curt9954

    I see why Lincoln Diaz-Balart is known as low IQ Lincoln.

  4. Follow up post #4 added on July 06, 2004 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Finally, someone has come out in favor of these new restrictions. Wait. These are the guys that helped write the new restrictions.

    Oh well, we’ll just wait and see if/when anyone else comes forward to support these new restrictions.

    Where are all the supporters? This is going to bring an end to the Castro regime, right?

    Cuba consulting services

  5. Follow up post #5 added on July 07, 2004 by cookie

    HA HA HA. 

  6. Follow up post #6 added on July 08, 2004 by Barbara Y.

    To echo otehrs’ sentiments I can only add that, aside from all of that, Lincoln and Maria D-B are relatives of Castro - his brother-in-laws line from his first marriage - They hate him and have caught the entire United States int eh Hatfields and the McCoys

    It is unreal

    There is a special place in hell for people like him. I find few people I can say that about - He and Fidel can rot in hell together

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