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Castro Insults Bush
NewsMax ^ | 2/22/05 | Frank Calzon

Posted on 02/21/2005 4:49:26 PM PST by wagglebee

With the European Union agreeing on January 31 to lift the sanctions that it imposed on Cuba in 2003 after Fidel Castro imprisoned 75 political dissidents, European officials will be resuming their visits to the island.

Spain's government pushed for the policy switch that critics have labeled a victory for appeasement. Cuban dissidents and exiles, Spanish opposition parties, human rights organizations and former Czech President Vaclav Havel have denounced the new policy as an abomination.

Still, in foreign affairs as complicated as those involving Cuba, there are rarely any clear-cut victories. Madrid's proposal triggered a welcome and enlightening debate on the nature of Castro's rule and EU responsibility vis a vis Cuba. Havel's principled stand provided new perspectives on the issues, and the actual change was less than Castro expected.

Dissidents Not Invited

If Spanish President Jose Luis Rodríguez Zapatero believed that the EU – following its traditional deference to Madrid on Cuba matters – would go along without raising any eyebrows, he was sorely disappointed. It took months of meetings among the EU's Latin American experts, a heated debate among European governments and a gathering of foreign ministers to achieve consensus for a policy change.

Let us review the changes:

* The EU will no longer invite the dissidents to National Day celebrations (invitations were suspended last December), but it also vowed to "develop more intense relations with [Cuba's] peaceful political opposition through more regular dialogue."

* High-level diplomatic contacts will resume with the Castro regime, but the EU restrictions denying Castro tens of millions of euros in foreign aid are still in force.

* The new policy will be revisited in July.

* The change places Madrid and Havana under the glare of international scrutiny. Will Madrid be able to extract concessions from Castro with its newly acquired leverage, in light of a new call by the EU for the "urgent" and "unconditional" release of all Cuban political prisoners?

The Czechs believe that the new policy restores the situation to what it was before the sanctions were imposed, i.e., each nation deciding on its own whom to invite to its embassy in Havana. Others suggest the existence of a "gentlemen's agreement" to proceed in concert. If that were the case, Prague responds, the Czech government would have vetoed the accord.

The debate is heating up. The European Parliament opposes making concessions to Castro. European newspapers are critical of the new arrangement. Havel has called on Europeans to defend their democratic values and not to side with dictators. And Spanish public opinion is divided. The Zapatero government has put itself in the unenviable position of having to insist that it has not yielded to Castro's blackmail and that supporters of democracy will see tangible results from the new policy.

In a few weeks, the U.N. Commission on Human Rights will meet in Geneva, Switzerland, where European democracies have always voted to condemn Castro's human rights record.

Cuban dissidents have announced that they will gather in Havana on May 20, Cuba's Independence Day. Will the regime permit the meeting? Will it round them up and jail them? In either eventuality, what will be the position of Madrid and the EU?

Castro Insults Bush

It is sometimes necessary to repeat the obvious: There is no substitute for U.S. leadership. President Bush has reaffirmed clearly America's commitment to freedom around the world. Castro's pejorative response was to say that Bush looks "deranged."

Castro also angrily accused Europeans of treating Havana "as if we were condemned to a death sentence" and said: "[The world is] observing our behavior, Cuba doesn't need the United States, it doesn't need Europe. Cuba doesn't need any assistance."

Castro's disregard of human rights and callous indifference to the plight of the Cubans suggest that, aside from occasional diplomatic gestures, there will be no offers of assistance.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Cuba; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: appeasement; castro; communism; cubandissidents; eu; europeanunion; eurosocialism; humanrights; spain; totalitarianism; vaclavhavel
It is sometimes necessary to repeat the obvious: There is no substitute for U.S. leadership. President Bush has reaffirmed clearly America's commitment to freedom around the world. Castro's pejorative response was to say that Bush looks "deranged."

There have been ten Presidents of the United States since Castro took power -- what I want to know is when are we going to deal with this murdering communist dictator less than 100 miles from our shores?

1 posted on 02/21/2005 4:49:27 PM PST by wagglebee
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To: wagglebee

Castro is going to work himself into a heart attack. Can't wait.


2 posted on 02/21/2005 4:50:38 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: wagglebee

I wonder how small he feels knowing that Saddam was a bigger threat than he ever was.


3 posted on 02/21/2005 4:51:11 PM PST by SteveMcKing
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To: wagglebee

Ahh, must be ronery like Kim.


4 posted on 02/21/2005 4:51:22 PM PST by Brian328i
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To: wagglebee
Castro Insults Bush

Holy Crapola, Batman, STOP THE PRESSES!!!!!

Must be a slow news day.
5 posted on 02/21/2005 4:51:42 PM PST by DustyMoment (Repeal CFR NOW!!)
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To: wagglebee

"Fidellllll....Fidellllll...this is Yassir calling to you from Hell...wish you were here....come join us, Hitler and Stalin send their regards....fire your food taster....dare W to bomb your house and always use the same cell phone...come into the dark Fidelllll..."


6 posted on 02/21/2005 4:53:46 PM PST by Darkwolf377 (Happy President's Day! Abraham Lincoln= our greatest president)
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To: wagglebee
There have been ten Presidents of the United States since Castro took power -- what I want to know is when are we going to deal with this murdering communist dictator less than 100 miles from our shores?

We still have people down there awaiting President Kennedy's word on the Bay of Pigs invasion. :) HA!

7 posted on 02/21/2005 4:54:06 PM PST by writer33 ("In Defense of Liberty," a political thriller, being released in March)
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To: Luis Gonzales
[The world is] observing our behavior, Cuba doesn't need the United States, it doesn't need Europe. Cuba doesn't need any assistance."

That's certainly a relief.

Adios, amigos.

8 posted on 02/21/2005 4:54:50 PM PST by humblegunner
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To: wagglebee

If Castro really wanted to insult Bush, he would have complimented him.


9 posted on 02/21/2005 4:55:04 PM PST by SamAdams76
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To: wagglebee
Cuba doesn't need any assistance

Sadly, those swimming through sharks to escape DO need assistance.

Die already, Fidel.

10 posted on 02/21/2005 4:56:00 PM PST by PRND21
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To: wagglebee
Castro Insults Bush

How is this news?

"Castro Does Something Useful" <-- that would be news

(and yes, I consider dying useful in his case)

11 posted on 02/21/2005 4:56:49 PM PST by xm177e2 (Stalinists, Maoists, Ba'athists, Pacifists: Why are they always on the same side?)
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To: SamAdams76

No doubt.


12 posted on 02/21/2005 4:57:56 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: xm177e2

Next headline: "Castro Is A Dictator"


13 posted on 02/21/2005 4:59:08 PM PST by billybudd
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To: wagglebee

"Cuba doesn't need the United States, it doesn't need Europe. Cuba doesn't need any assistance."

So why get all worked up about it Fidel? Everything's wonderful in your fantasyland. Be happy.


14 posted on 02/21/2005 4:59:18 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: wagglebee
what I want to know is when are we going to deal with this murdering communist dictator less than 100 miles from our shores?

Never. We may deal with his successor, but not him. Realistically, he's only a minor annoyance. He's no strategic threat.

15 posted on 02/21/2005 4:59:41 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: wagglebee
In a few weeks, the U.N. Commission on Human Rights will meet

Let me see, who is on the human rights commission? Kadaffi, Mugaby, North Korea.......

16 posted on 02/21/2005 5:01:39 PM PST by Trteamer ( (Eat Meat, Wear Fur, Own Guns, FReep Leftists, Drive an SUV, Drill A.N.W.R., Drill the Gulf, Vote)
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To: Dog Gone; Brilliant
Castro with one of his potential successors


17 posted on 02/21/2005 5:02:04 PM PST by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: writer33
We're not going to deal with Castro because we don't have to! Cuba has nothing to offer, it would be a waste of time for us to divert our resources to fighting the "commies" down there.

We need to focus on what will maintain our territorial integrity, political independence and profits.
18 posted on 02/21/2005 5:02:14 PM PST by Amaury
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To: Dog Gone

It sure would be nice if some of those Cubans got a backbone and went after him. But I guess that if you've lived with him for 50 years, you're not likely to suddenly realize what a piece of crap he is. And you're not likely to risk your life to take him out, when he's about to meet his maker in any event.


19 posted on 02/21/2005 5:03:54 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: wagglebee

LOL, that may not be that far-fetched!


20 posted on 02/21/2005 5:04:20 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: Amaury
We're not going to deal with Castro because we don't have to! Cuba has nothing to offer, it would be a waste of time for us to divert our resources to fighting the "commies" down there.

It should've been cleaned up a long time ago.

21 posted on 02/21/2005 5:04:27 PM PST by writer33 ("In Defense of Liberty," a political thriller, being released in March)
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To: writer33

Just a hunch...but we may see some kind of revolution in Cuba sooner than expected. Food rationing is now at an all time low. The country is being quartered off and travel restrictions are tightening for Cubans with in the country.
Open hostilities are becoming more common and the fear factor of the secrest police is evaporating.

Will it be a blood bath? Time will tell I guess but the rage many exiles have here towards the Castro regime cannot be underestimated.


22 posted on 02/21/2005 5:04:29 PM PST by rrrod
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To: Dog Gone

Ratherbiased only has a week left with his current job, so you never know.


23 posted on 02/21/2005 5:05:07 PM PST by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: rrrod
Will it be a blood bath? Time will tell I guess but the rage many exiles have here towards the Castro regime cannot be underestimated.

I hope it straightens itself out. Castro's been an eyesore for a long, long time.

24 posted on 02/21/2005 5:06:55 PM PST by writer33 ("In Defense of Liberty," a political thriller, being released in March)
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To: Brilliant
I don't think "taking out" Castro would really have much affect, although I'd happily be wrong. At this point, we have the political elite of the island who control all power and live well under the guise of communism.

That can't be removed with an assassination. You would need the people on the streets overpowering the security forces that protect the elite.

25 posted on 02/21/2005 5:09:13 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: wagglebee

Cut-Throat can't die soon enough.


26 posted on 02/21/2005 5:09:42 PM PST by Nachum
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To: SamAdams76
Castro really wanted to insult Bush, he would have complimented him.

Good point! Osama bin Laden, for instance, will never understand how his less-than-subtle pre-election videotape backfired on his pet candidate, Kerry.

If Castro had the wit to start praising Bush to the international media, every conservative in the U.S. alone, would go bananas.:)

27 posted on 02/21/2005 5:10:09 PM PST by xJones
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To: writer33
Why? What do we have to gain from a US-friendly Cuba? Nothing at all. I'm sorry to say this but reality is that we have to base our foreign policy on what will serve American interests best: Vietnam to prevent to expansion of the USSR, Iraq and Afghanistan to combat terrorism.

The same goes with North Korea. Okay it's scary to think that such a dangerous regime might have nuclear weapons but the threat is greatly overblown. The regime is crumbling, the military is losing discipline, willingness to fight and they are using the Nazis' WW2 technology to defend themselves.

I hope for freedom to prevail and pray that these murderous dictators be put to justice for the atrocities they have committed. When it comes to our foreign policy, however, we must focus on what matters.
28 posted on 02/21/2005 5:11:37 PM PST by Amaury
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To: PRND21

Arafat finally died, proving that while the good die young, evil SOB's eventually do die too. Castro's days are numbered.


29 posted on 02/21/2005 5:11:38 PM PST by F.J. Mitchell (Mean Doctor Dean , his party's agendas obscene, demands they be masked before Halloween.)
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To: wagglebee

"Castro's pejorative response was to say that Bush looks "deranged."

I would have been greatly offended if a murdering communist dictator had spoken kindly of my President.


30 posted on 02/21/2005 5:16:02 PM PST by DJ Taylor (Once again our country is at war, and once again the Democrats have sided with our enemy.)
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To: wagglebee


"Here's a picture of me with one of the most dispicable
individuals ever to walk the face of the earth. I can't
believe that he spent 50 years spewing anti-American leftwing
propaganda, and is still alive to tell about it. And he got
paid millions by CBS to do it!"

31 posted on 02/21/2005 5:16:33 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: Amaury
Why? What do we have to gain from a US-friendly Cuba?

Where are you getting that I said U.S.-friendly Cuba? I said I hope it cleans itself up. More for the sake of starving Cubans than anything else.

32 posted on 02/21/2005 5:18:32 PM PST by writer33 ("In Defense of Liberty," a political thriller, being released in March)
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To: writer33

Oh oh sorry... I was just arguing against the interventionist argument, which is often made, one u did not make.

I agree though, it is something we should all hope for.


33 posted on 02/21/2005 5:20:07 PM PST by Amaury
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To: Brilliant

34 posted on 02/21/2005 5:22:07 PM PST by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: wagglebee
Castro Insults Bush:


35 posted on 02/21/2005 5:26:07 PM PST by OhioAttorney
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To: wagglebee

Castro's pejorative response was to say that Bush looks "deranged."

Well when it comes to deranged, he is an expert.


36 posted on 02/21/2005 5:31:08 PM PST by Valin (DARE to be average!)
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To: wagglebee


"Baghdad Dan." Kind of has a nice ring. Can you beat what they are paying
me to do the same thing at CBS, though?

38 posted on 02/21/2005 6:13:27 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: wagglebee

"Will Madrid be able to extract concessions from Castro?"

We all know the answer to that one, don't we?

Why is this fossil still running Cuba? He's only popular in Hollywood.


39 posted on 02/21/2005 6:23:11 PM PST by popdonnelly
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To: wagglebee
Castro Insults Bush

Ranks right up there with:

The Pope is Catholic and Rabbie Boteach is Jewish.

40 posted on 02/21/2005 6:43:53 PM PST by Tamar1973 (The Constitution is a FOUNDING DOCUMENT, not a living document --Lauralee Braswell)
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To: wagglebee

fidel was giving a speech the other day at some economic forum (6 hours) and he couldn't even remember W's name. He had to ask of of his aides who the President of the United States was...


41 posted on 02/21/2005 6:45:14 PM PST by Guillermo ("Now how can a Puerto Rican lose a fly ball in the sun?' - Harry Caray)
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To: wagglebee

CASTRO INSULTS HUMANITY...


42 posted on 02/21/2005 6:47:31 PM PST by LRS
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To: wagglebee

Okay. **** Castro and Cuba. No problem.


43 posted on 02/21/2005 7:31:33 PM PST by Malleus Dei ("Communists are just Democrats in a hurry.")
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To: wagglebee

I believe Fidel is desperately hoping for a full-blown U.S. invasion of Cuba a la Iraq.

That way he can then die a "glorious" death fighting the "yankee imperialists", as opposed to the insignificant and glory-less demise his old, disease-riddled body will soon provide for him.

I say we let him die of old age, crapping and pissing himself, unable to remember his own name. Let him fade away into little more than a footnote in history, never having achieved his dream of spreading Marxism throughout this hemisphere and uniting the Americas behind his putrid revolution.

I'll dance on his grave one day...count on it.


44 posted on 02/21/2005 7:43:47 PM PST by Luis Gonzalez (Some people see the world as they would want it to be, effective people see the world as it is.)
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To: wagglebee

He's still alive?


45 posted on 02/21/2005 7:45:04 PM PST by Dan from Michigan ("There out ta get me! They won't catch me! I'm #@^#@# innocent! They won't break me" - Guns N Roses)
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To: Brilliant

But then his brother Raul would take over and he is even farther left.


46 posted on 02/21/2005 7:48:00 PM PST by Paulus Invictus
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To: wagglebee

"Ratherbiased only has a week left with his current job, so you never know."

Sure would be nice if some demonstrators came to his last live broadcast and gave him a rotten egg and tomato send-off, on camera.


47 posted on 02/21/2005 8:42:52 PM PST by dsc
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