Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Robert Wexler on Cuba/Vietnam

A while ago I wrote my moonbat congressman asking him how he justifies the US giving excellent trade status to Vietnam while at the same time continuing sanctions against Cuba. In my view, both are repressive commie regimes with little to distinguish one from the other. He finally responded and dodged my question entirely. Frigging weasle.

October 16, 2006



Thank you for writing to offer your comments relating to the American embargo against Cuba. I welcome the opportunity to respond.

I share the concern of many of my colleagues with respect to the health and well being of the Cuban people, and I am pleased that the President and Congress are taking steps to address these serious issues at this time. Unfortunately, given the oppressive, dictatorial nature of Fidel Castro's regime, I do not believe that the United States should fundamentally change its foreign policy toward the Cuban government until it takes the necessary steps to aid its people and promote a future of democracy, freedom and peace.

Cuba remains a hard-line communist state that denies the basic rights and freedoms of its people to form a democratic nation that guarantees life, liberty and justice. It continues to systematically violate the fundamental civil and political rights of its citizens, including restricting freedom of speech, religion, assembly and association. Cuban citizens are denied the right to change their government peacefully; the government uses internal and external exile against opponents and dissidents. Prisoners have died in jail due to lack of medical care, while members of the security forces and prison officials continue to beat and abuse detainees. In addition to blatant violations of human rights, Cuba has remained on the State Department's list of terrorist organizations since 1982 due to its complicity with terrorist organizations and capability to conduct research on biological weapons.

The United States must maintain pressure on the Cuban government through the increase of multilateral support for political openness and respect for human rights. The Cuban government must allow political parties to organize, schedule free and open elections, release hundreds of political prisoners and move toward democracy. In addition, Cuba must end all development of biological weapons and disassociate itself from terrorist regimes.

As a Member of the House International Relations Committee, I am hopeful that in the near future, the Cuban people will have the opportunity to live in a free and democratic society. Until that change occurs, we must find ways to help the Cuban people without abetting the dangerous and oppressive Castro regime.

Thank you again for taking the time to write. I sincerely appreciate your input and hope that you will feel free to contact me anytime I may be of assistance to you. In addition, I hope you find my website (http://wexler.house.gov) a valuable resource in keeping up with events in Washington and in South Florida.

With warm regards,

Robert Wexler
Member of Congress

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