First and foremost, I am very happy for Alan Gross and his family. The evil and terror he has endured at the hands of a brutal dictatorship will probably never be truly understood by people who take freedom for granted. No matter what "spin" the Obama Administration puts on this, Fidel Castro has, once again, outsmarted the United States.
However, to go as far as hailing this move by Pres. Obama and the Castro regime as “goodwill” and “mature” in order to normalize relations with Cuba is a totally different issue.
As an independent moderate-thinking Cuban-American, I want to ask the following questions:
- Would the USA normalize relations with the Taliban if we were forced to swap an innocent American hostage for murderous prisoners who participated in the 9/11 terrorist attacks?
- Would the USA normalize relations with ISIS if we were forced to trade an American hostage for ISIS murderers who slice the throats of innocent captives?
- Would Abraham Lincoln have “normalized” relations with vicious slave owners if one innocent slave had been traded for murderous lynch mob leaders?
- Would the USA have normalized relations with Hitler if the Nazis had offered to trade an innocent concentration camp victim for Nazi spies?
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Fidel Castro has been laughing at and kicking the USA in the behind for more than half a century and will continue to do so. Democracy? Human Rights? Oh, how mature we are!
Mikki Canton, Coral Gables