Saturday, October 11, 2008


With the USA Presidential Election underway and the great Satan Capitalism staggering on the ropes.
We can easily forget that the rest of the world’s events go on regardless. A couple of days ago we were reminded of this when one of these events turned up at Holyrood. The hypocrisy of America is constantly on show as we witness evidence of torture in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Prison, Holyrood has just been reminded of another shameful episode in recent American history relating to their paranoid hatred of Cuba and it’s people.

The wives of two Cubans in prison in America visited to seek support for their campaign to free their husbands and initially to allow them to visit them in prison, these women have not only seen their husbands imprisoned but they have been denied visiting rights to see them for years. Is this the way a world super power should behave ? Is this how the “home of the brave and the land of the free” should behave against it’s tiny Cuban neighbour ?

Their husbands are two of the “Miami Five” who were sentenced for monitoring an extremist group responsible for terrorist attacks on Cuba, the USA refuses to grant them visas to visit. When these men reported the activities of the anti Cuban group’s terrorist intentions they, not the anti Cuban group were arrested and are now in prison. These events were described by Amnesty International and the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention as “ spiteful and highly dubious “ with regard to how they were tried and convicted. The USA continues to punish Cuba for having the audacity to stand up to them and clear them and their gangsters and corrupt politicians out of their Island. America sees the wives and children of these men as suitable targets for punishment as well, “the home of the brave” indeed.

With actions like these America continues to shame itself before the whole world, they must know by now that they can’t intimidate Cuba and that Cuba has fantastic world wide support, until they start behaving in a fair way, and stop being the world bully they will never be respected. They might be the world’s super power but, they will continue to be despised because of incidents such as this. I urge people to protest and support these brave women by writing to your MP’s and MSP’s telling them to take up the issue with our foreign office.

We must not give up hope, America can and must be dragged into the human race some day.

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