Dilma's Convenient Memory Lapse

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
In 1970, now Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was arrested and tried (see picture below) for her armed opposition to that country's military dictatorship (1964-1985).

Yet, today, she's unwilling to meet or show solidarity with peaceful opponents of Cuba's military dictatorship during her visit to Havana.

To add insult to injury, Rousseff's foreign minister, Antonio Patriota, stated regarding the human rights situation in Cuba:

"There doesn’t appear to be an emergency in Cuba. There are other situations that are very worrisome, including Guantanamo."

We'd like to remind the Rousseff Administration that the International Committee of the Red Cross and the U.N.'s Special Rapporteur on Torture have unfettered access to the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo.

Meanwhile, the Castro regime has not allowed either of these international observers into Cuban prisons in its 52-year rule.

Moreover, it's fascinating how Rousseff sensed the emergency regarding human rights in Brazil during its military junta, which inexcusably imprisoned, executed and exiled tens of thousands of Brazilians -- numbers stymied by the brutal Castro dictatorship in Cuba.