A group of Cuban dissidents has backed a call by the US presidential hopeful, Barack Obama, for direct talks with the new Cuban President, Raul Castro.
The organisation, Women in White, is made up of female relatives of Cuban political prisoners.
In an open letter to Mr Obama they wrote of their hope that his policies may help free their husbands and sons.
So with the Damas de Blanco now supporting Obama's positions of dialogue with Raul Castro and the lifting of travel restrictions to Cuba, one has to ask themselves...
- When do you suppose that Cuban-American hardliners and their shills in Congress and the White House might decide that their views don't represent the will of the Cuban people any more?
- What motivates hardliners to stick with unwanted policies that haven't worked for almost 50 years and do not do anything but cause heartache for their fellow countrymen?
- When will mainstream Cuban-Americans marginalize these powerful extremists within their own community and finally declare that is enough is enough?
I don't have any idea about the first two questions, but as to the last one, I think November would be a great time to start.
26th Parallel says hold on a minute and references an El Nuevo Herald article that indicates that Obama actually got two letters from the Ladies in White. The letter expressing support for Obama's Cuba policies was written by the group's founder. The other letter was written by the group's rank and file and asked for the immediate and unconditional release of Cuba's political prisoners, according to a translation provided by 26th Parallel.
These are two separate letters from the same group dealing with two different subjects. Predictably, 26th Parallel downplays the founder's letter as "coming from an outspoken critic of U.S. policy towards Cuba." Well, jeez, no kidding. Do ya think that's why she's supporting Obama? Because he represents a change in that policy?
The fact remains that a well-respected and leading dissident group inside Cuba is actively supporting Barack Obama's promise to drop travel restrictions to Cuba. The fact remains that the Cuban-American hardliner position is in direct conflict with this dissident group who should, more than anyone sitting in Kendall, know what is best for Cuba and her people.
You would think that if dissidents are saying that dropping travel restrictions is really what's needed, Cuban-American hardliners would listen to them rather than dismiss their voices as nothing but expected rhetoric from Bush critics.
After all, isn't it the dissidents who are living the nightmare while hardliners decide whether it's hot dogs or steak for the big barbecue tomorrow.