Sister city activists and other Madisonians with ties to Cuba said today they fear the Bush administration will use the transition in power from Fidel to Raul Castro as the occasion to activate a plan to replace that nation's communist system...Robert Kimbrough, a retired UW-Madison English professor and prominent local Socialist who has gone to Cuba 16 times with Madison delegations, is also worried by the two reports.
"It is disgusting. The 2004 report said, 'We pledge to help the Cuban people, and a new transition Cuban government, as you move away from the totalitarian Communist dictatorship and toward a free and representative democracy.'
Of course the biggest bonehead is the one that works with the humanitarian aide group:
Dr. Bernard Micke, a UW Health physician who heads the Wisconsin Medical Project that takes medical supplies to a hospital in Cuba, said today that, personally, he has concerns about possible U.S. action.
"The Cubans are capable of governing themselves whether Castro is there or not. It is not a dictatorship to the degree that our government would like to paint it. This is a very functional government at the local and national levels," Micke said, stressing that he was speaking as an individual, not for the completely non-political humanitarian Medical Project.
So here we have a doctor who volunteers to get needed medical supplies to the Communist hole that has become Cuba and he doesn't want any change for the better for the people. The self governance and free markets that would bring supplies into the country and improve their daily life are bad because (drumroll):
"The United States should not be meddling.Perhaps, you MORON, Cubans wouldn't need your aid if they had free markets. Imagine the money Cubans could make if they had trade relations with the US. Why, they could use that money to buy better food, healthcare and all kinds of things! Maybe if the communists were helped out of power the populace wouldn't have to deal with roach infested hospitals.
Let me quote from The Real Cuba website.
One of the greatest fallacies about the so called 'Cuban Revolution' has to do with healthcare. Foreigners who visit Cuba, are fed the official line from Castro's propaganda machine: "All Cubans are now able to receive excellent healthcare, which is also free." But the truth is very different. Castro has built excellent health facilities for the use of foreigners, who pay with hard currency for those services. Argentinean soccer star Maradona, for example, has traveled several times to Cuba to receive treatment to combat his drug addiction.
But Cubans are not even allowed to visit those facilities. Cubans who require medical attention must go to other hospitals, that lack the most minimum requirements needed to take care of their patients. In addition, most of these facilities are filthy and patients have to bring their own towels, bed sheets, pillows, or they would have to lay down on dirty bare mattresses stained with blood and other body fluids.
You'd think that a doctor who works to bring humanitarian relief aide could catch a clue. Alas the death of Castro seems to breaking their blue, blue hearts.
*Actually it's Wisconsin that shelters these nuts. Correction on August 4