From David Holcberg at the Ayn Rand Institute:

The U.S. government has committed a monstrous act: it sent back to Cuba the twelve escapees who managed, last week, to get within 40 miles of Florida’s coast in a boat fashioned out of a 1951 Chevy pickup truck.

These courageous escapees, who risked their lives to be free in America, will no doubt be thrown in prison and tortured–if not executed like the three men who hijacked a ferryboat to flee Cuba in April–by the murderous Castro regime.

It is highly hypocritical for President Bush–and other American politicians–to talk about bringing freedom to the world while sending freedom-seeking refugees back to a totalitarian dictatorship.

Suggested reading:

Cuba’s Cruel Joke
The once-muscular Cuban economy is in tatters and its much lauded social safety net a cruel joke. In Cuba, the poor are bled to support the lifestyles of the government elite, which lives in luxury – the driveways of the Havana honchos sport Mercedes – while its populace goes hungry.

Fidel Batista! Fidel Castro Out-Thugs Fulgencio Batista
Forty-four years into the Revolution, Fidel Castro will have achieved all the failings, real and perceived, that Cuba had under Batista, and it will have retained few of the virtues.

Torture in Castro’s Cuba
Surprise! Surprise! Wolves are once again slaughtering ranchers’ cattle, but this time it’s the overtaxed Canadian who is forced to compensate the rancher (albeit at 80% of the value).

An America President in Communist Cuba
Carter’s historic visit to Cuba, the first by an American president, current or past, since totalitarian rule was first instituted in 1959, will never provide Cubans — including Elian Gonzalez — with what they need most: Freedom.

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