[freedomtowernight_edited.jpg] 26th Parallel: Cuba-Related Stories

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Cuba-Related Stories

From Havana comes this:

(AP) -- Communist Cuba on Monday condemned the execution of deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and called for the end to the war it said had caused the suffering of millions of innocent Iraqis. Hussein's execution by hanging over the weekend was ''an illegal act in a country that has been driven toward an internal conflict in which millions of citizens have been exiled or lost their lives,'' the Foreign Ministry said in a statement carried by the official National Information Agency.

The statement acknowledged that Cuba ''has not yet abolished the death penalty because of the brutal war imposed on it by the United States,'' referring to the U.S. government's policy to undermine the communist country, including trade and travel sanctions.

Nevertheless, the island nation ''has a moral duty to express its point of view about the assassination committed by the occupying power,'' the statement said.

The U.S. military had held Hussein since capturing him in December 2003 but turned him over to the Iraqi government for his hanging.

And from the Palm Beach Post comes this story about what a post-fidel aftermath in South Florida may present.

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Blogger circuitmouse said...

When my great-grandfather fled north in 1898, at least a quarter of the Cuban population had died during the prolonged war of independence. And my dad was with USAF search & rescue during the Hungarian Revolution, when thousands fled to the West. There will be no doubt people heading in BOTH directions across the Florida Straits when chaos hits; and there is no guarantee that Mother Nature will be cooperative at the right time. The loss of life on land --and in the water-- will in all likelyhood make the melee in the streets of South Florida from Key West northward bittersweet at best. I'll probably go to church that day, then see where I can be of help.

3:29 PM, January 05, 2007  

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