Several bad roads lead
back to Castro.
By Myriam Marquez
Tribune Information Services
Omaha World Herald, Omaha,
All the anniversaries and cosmic combinations have aligned into one
bloody March and a political snakepit for President Bush.
Bush talked tough last Friday to mark the first anniversary of the start
of the U.S. war in Iraq. He's straining to keep the coalition of the
willing together now that Spain has gone Socialist and is vowing to pull
out of Iraq. Voters, reeling from Spain's worst terrorist attack,
rejected Bush ally Josť Maria Aznar to lead them. Now the Socialist-led
coalition vows to get Spain out of Dodge City, Iraq, unless the Bush
administration agrees to an international coalition.
If Spain's turn to the far left isn't enough to worry Bush, another
anniversary came and went last week in Florida's back yard that could
set his campaign on a tailspin in November. The first anniversary of
Cuba's crackdown on political dissent (with 75 writers, independent
journalists, librarians and human-rights activists still in prison
serving sentences that average 20 years each) was the talk of Miami
radio last week in a political game to connect the dots.
In Miami, all roads from hell and back lead to Fidel Castro.
Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador and now Spain. Commies, leftists
and left-leaning Latin American leaders excuse Cuba's dictatorship
because it suits their geopolitical purposes to appear to stick it to
Uncle Sam, even if the only ones really hurting are the Cubans stuck
without an exit visa. Bush has promised to toughen the U.S. embargo
against Cuba, but pro-free-trade Republicans in key wheat, rice and
shipping states want to trade with Cuba, so Bush takes baby steps on
Meanwhile, El Loco in Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, and his mentor, Cuba's
Castro, have been trying to ignite nationalist hysteria with talk of
imminent U.S. invasion. As if.
Chavez went so far as to threaten to shut off the spigot of Venezuelan
oil and gas heading our way.
Castro, Chavez and Brazil's shoeshine boy, Inacio Lula da Silva, have
long links to "liberation" terrorist movements. If there's any doubt
where they're heading, the Forum of Sao Paulo, which Castro set up in
the early 1990s and da Silva led, should set people straight as to these
Forum participants have included Latin American terrorist groups, such
as the FARC, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and
Northern Ireland's IRA.
Among the forum's assertions: "NATO troops perpetrated genocide in
Kosovo," and "U.S. and British forces massacred the population of
If Cuba seems inconsequential, think about the China connection. China
secures the contract to manage the Panama Canal and has military
relations with both Cuba and Venezuela. Oh, it's now flying
reconnaissance satellites in partnership with Brazil.
Spain was just the first canary extinguished in this mine.
Source: La Nueva Cuba
March 27, 2004