"Nobody is in agreement…It’s that, no one says it and no one takes the risk to say it, to speak the truth. That’s what is happening. In other words, one of the foundations, of what are the regimes in the entire world, in all of history, has been fear and lies. In other words, once you are in fear that's when you don’t take a risk, where you collect yourself and don’t unite…understood? To be in fear is not to offer help to anyone because that signifies risk." -Gorki Águila Carrasco, lead singer, guitarist of the music group Porno Para Ricardo and political prisoner
"Socialist ideology, like so many others, has two main dangers. One stems from confused and incomplete readings of foreign texts, and the other from the arrogance and hidden rage of those who, in order to climb up in the world, pretend to be frantic defenders of the helpless so as to have shoulders on which to stand." --Jose Marti

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Monday, April 23, 2007



Letter to the Editor

February 25, 2006; Page A11

The Bahamian government has caved in to Castro's bullying before. On May 11, 1980, four members of the Royal Bahamian Defense Force were assassinated by the Castro regime in Bahamian territorial waters. Two Cuban MIGs fired rockets and sank the Royal Defense patrol boat "Flamingo" as it towed a Cuban fishing boat seized for poaching stone crab and conch in Bahamian waters. They then proceeded to strafe the survivors in the water, killing four of the 19 crewmen -- Fenrick Sturrup, Austin Smith, David Tucker and Edward Williams. An unarmed U.S. Coast Guard helicopter called in for help had to terminate a low-level search for survivors after it was thrown into violent turbulence by a Cuban MIG.
Brig. Gen. Rafael del Pino, who defected from Cuba, has recounted how Fidel Castro gave the orders to teach those "lackeys of imperialism" a lesson. Cuba's vice president soon traveled to Nassau to buy a way out of the mess. As if the silence of the Bahamian government were not outrageous and ironic enough, the four victims are honored in a cenotaph behind the Supreme Court in Nassau.

Maria C. WerlauExecutive Director, Cuba Archive and President, Free Society ProjectSummit, N.J.

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