The Cardinal's Hope vs. Castro's Reality

Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Sobering news from the AP:

The Roman Catholic Cardinal who helped broker a deal with Cuba to free dissidents jailed in a 2003 crackdown says he hopes the government will make good on its pledge to release the last 11 remaining in prison.

Havana Archbishop Jaime Ortega says "hope springs eternal" that Havana will honor its "formal promise" to free them.

Nearly two months have past since the November 7th deadline given for the release of these political prisoners.

Yet, just two weeks ago, Cardinal Ortega -- who originally failed to mention that the condition for these prisoner's release was forced exile -- expressed confidence that they "will be released."

Now, he says "hope springs eternal."

Thus, all of those negotiations with Cuban dictator Raul Castro and the international public relations tour on its behalf, was essentially a hoax -- only one political prisoner has been released in Cuba (and hundreds arrested since then).

As 19th century U.S. abolitionist leader William Lloyd Garrison wisely stated,

"With reasonable men, I will reason; with humane men I will plead; but to tyrants I will give no quarter, nor waste arguments where they will certainly be lost."