"Working together for a free Cuba"




Letter to George W. Bush from Ernesto Rodriguez, Secretary General Alpha 66.

November 15, 2004

Honorable George W. Bush
The White House
Washington, DC

Dear Mr. President:

It is with great satisfaction that I write you this letter. As a former Cuban political prisoner and unwavering fighter in the defense of freedom and the sacred principles of dignity and justice, I could not miss congratulating you on your historic victory in the presidential election of November 2. You must be very happy for the wise decision of millions of Americans, who, during a difficult time for the United States and all humanity, made the right choice in electing a leader to head this great nation for the next four years.

Those of us who love freedom and democratic institutions, Mr. President; those of us that will not waver and are not intimidated by blackmail or evil threats, support you in the global war against international terrorism. We strongly support American troops in Iraq and wherever duty calls them to topple a tyrant and bring peace to those oppressed. We support them against those that act like butchers and enslave their own people and against those that kill, mistreat and humiliate the poor and defenseless. There is no other alternative but to hit these tyrants hard until they are decisively toppled.

“For Cuba, it is time”. These are the words José Martí uttered when suffering and despair had made life unbearable for all the citizens of our beautiful island. For Cuba, it is time! is what all Cubans today feel in their hearts. And since you have understood and valued our longing for freedom, we ask your continued support for any alternative that will, without yielding, shorten the way to the total liberation of our homeland. I dare to assure you, Mr. President, that the Cuban people are decisive and brave and will know how to break the chains of the tyranny that oppresses them when the moment arrives for the final battle for which we have been preparing every day with love and dedication.

There is another phrase I learned from Martí: “TO HONOR, HONORS”. This is why I want to take this opportunity to let you know that I will always be grateful and proud that you received me, along with other fellow political prisoners, in the Oval Office over two years ago when we celebrated May 20th, the anniversary of Cuba’s independence. I have also always felt great pride and gratitude that your father, the Honorable George Bush, offered his generous hand in solidarity with the international campaign for my freedom. Upon my release, he honored me with a similar invitation to the White House in the spring of 1991. For this honor, in gratitude, please extend to him my most fervent feelings of fondness and admiration.

On this occasion, Mr. President, I take this opportunity to wish you and your family and the brave people of the United States a very merry Christmas and prosperous New Year. May God bless America and continue to guide her in pursuing the destiny of this great nation with firmness, goodness and wisdom.


Ernesto Díaz Rodríguez
Secretary General