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EU and Cuba: Freedom vs. appeasement
Miami Herald ^ | 1/28/05 | Vaclav Havel

Posted on 01/28/2005 1:35:49 PM PST by lump in the melting pot

I vividly remember the slightly ludicrous, slightly risqué and somewhat distressing predicament in which Western diplomats in Prague found themselves during the Cold War.... Sometimes we dissidents were not invited, but received an apology, and sometimes we were invited, but did not accept the invitation so as not to complicate the lives of our courageous diplomat friends.... But today this is happening. One of the strongest and most powerful democratic institutions in the world -- the European Union -- has no qualms in making a public promise to the Cuban dictatorship that it will re-institute diplomatic Apartheid. The EU's embassies in Havana will now craft their guest lists in accordance with the Cuban government's wishes. The shortsightedness of socialist Prime Minister José Zapatero of Spain has prevailed.

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TOPICS: Cuba; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: cuba; dissident; eu; freedom; havel
Great commentary on freedom, tyranny and appeasement, from one of the architects of the Velvet Revolution.
1 posted on 01/28/2005 1:35:49 PM PST by lump in the melting pot
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