President Barack Obama appeared at a fundraiser yesterday in Miami at the home of Jorge Mas, son of the late Jorge Mas Canosa. The elder Mas Canosa could be considered the Osama Bin Laden of the Caribbean because according to the notorious terrorist Luis Posada Carilles Mas Canosa financed most of his terrorist activities. The elder Mas Canosa also harbored fantasies of returning to Cuba with ‘his people’ and taking the country over when Fidel Castro died. He told this to Tom Brokaw in an interview in the early 1990’s. Mas Canosa beat Fidel to the grave however in 1997, unable to fulfill his fantasy.
“Keep in mind that when Castro came to power I was just born, so the notion that the same policies that we put in place in 1961 would somehow still be as effective as they are today in the age of the Internet, Google and world travel doesn’t make sense,” the president said, referring to Fidel Castro, the leader of the Cuban revolution.
“But I think we all understand that ultimately, freedom in Cuba will come because extraordinary activists and the incredible courage of folks like we see here today,” he told a small audience at the home of Jorge Mas, a telecommunications equipment executive. “But the United States can help.”
The president is mistaken. The small handful of activists in Cuba are hamstrung on two fronts: 1. The $20 million Miami Cartel’s organized crime syndicate known as the ‘Cuban Democracy Movement’ is bled so badly by the parasites who operate miltiple NGOs that the Cubans receive little more than minutes on their cell phones. They are not given the resources that go wasted in Miami for luxury offices, auto leases, travel, entertainment, deadbeat relatives on the payroll, and of course political contributions to the ‘bosses’ – Ros Lehtinen and Diaz Balart.
2. 70% of Cubans today were born after the Revolution. They have lived their entire life under the watchful eye of the CDR – Committee for the Defense of the Revolution, a neighborhood watch for any political activity that runs counter to Castro. Hence the number of ‘extraordinary activists’ on the island have a total number less that an NFL team roster. They will never be able to overcome the fear that residents feel about taking part in a public movement. One small ‘independence cell’ that started up in Santa Clara was actually led by a Castro loyalist seeking to identify others who opposed the government.
The only way to bring about change on the island is to open the island up to American tourists, letting them flood the cities and towns across the country, interacting with Cubans and sharing ideas. Of course the usual suspects, Ileana Ros Lehtinen, the Diaz Balarts and the other stakeholders in the $20 Million organized crime syndicate fight this tooth and nail. In spite of thousands of casa particulars and paladares (private family owned guest houses and restaurants) the Miami Cartel bring out their mouthpiece Mauricio Claver Carone to repeat the old canard that ‘tourism puts money into the Castros’ pockets’. Some of it eventually may make it to the government coffers, but why doesn’t the Miami Cartel’s crime syndicate want to help their fellow countrymen advance the,selves financially?
At least for the Diaz Balart’s it may be a desire to keep Americans from hearing horror stories about their father Rafael, the former Batista Deputy Interior Minister who allegedly ordered the execution of hundreds of Batista’s enemies, and who cowardly fled the country with his family ten days before Batista fell. If word of his reputation spread, someone might take a hammer and chisel and remove his name from the College of Law building at Florida International University.
Here is hoping that President Obama free himself from the Miami Cartel and seek wise counsel with respect to Cuba Policy from people who care about the Cuban people, not about lining their pockets and continuing to extract revenge.