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All we have to do is...petition them.

Posted by: Mike James at May 8, 2003 09:02 PM

Mr. Welch, I apologize for the snottiness. Damme if I didn't go over the top with sarcasm. All you were doing was alerting people to what Castro was doing, and that is something we need.

Sorry. All I can say in my post-sarcasmic glow is that this time is the start of some Iron Years--I don't think we live, any longer, in a world where petitions have any meaning.

Posted by: Mike James at May 8, 2003 09:11 PM

Mike -- No worries, hombre! I'm not much of a petition man myself, but there are some groups out there (especially but not limited to Reporters Without Borders) who are doing great tangible work to publicize foul Cuban crackdowns across the world, apply legislative pressure on the EU and others, and provide material support for victims.

Posted by: Matt Welch at May 9, 2003 01:10 AM

You reactionary. Castro is building the revolution so anything he does is all right, as it advances that purpose. Executing dissidents, throwing them in jail, imprisoning homosexuals, and sending troops overseas is therefore progressive. Besides, if Cuba has any trains Castro makes themhe EU and others, and provide material support for victims.

Posted by: Matt Welch at May 9, 2003 01:10 AM

You reactionary. Castro is building the revolution so anything he does is all right, as it advances that purpose. Executing dissidents, throwing them in jail, imprisoning homosexuals, and sending troops overseas is therefore progressive. Besides, if Cuba has any trains Castro makes them run on time.

Here, in this oppressive capitalist society, dissent is per se progressive. The heavy hand of repression falls across the land and dissident voices are silenced--witness the leftists and movie stars showing how their voices are repressed on network tv and in the New York Times.
These brave souls, struggling against the dead hand of repression, have only their tenure or million dollar salaries as bare comfort against the black legions of John Ashcroft.

Besides, only stupid or ignorant people go to church anyway, so what's the big deal? They'd be ahead if, instead of wasting their Sundays in church, they read revolutionary literature. "The Collected Speeches of Fidel Castro," for example, would keep them occupied for years.

Posted by: Alex Bensky at May 9, 2003 03:07 AM
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