Carlos Garcia Was Right, Dominguez Is Wrong

Sunday, May 6, 2012
Radio and TV Marti's Carlos Garcia recently wrote an editorial criticizing Cuban Cardinal Jaime Ortega and his cozy relationship with the Castro dictatorship.

It has since been taken down.

We're not sure why. After all, this opinion is shared by most Cuban dissidents, exiles and even some Vatican officials.

However, a Washington Post journalist decided to challenge the editorial and it seems Garcia has sadly backed down.

(Garcia has since told the Miami Herald, which at least gave him an opportunity to directly comment, that it was taken down to create room for fresher content).

The journalist, Bill Booth, even described Ortega as someone "who has been negotiating with the communist government to expand religious and political freedom."

Really? How about citing just one initiative he's undertaken for political freedom?

He's definitely sought to create more space for the Cuban Catholic Church to function, but he's arguably done so at a cost for the freedom of others.

But there's plenty of available material for anyone to form their own opinion of Cardinal Ortega, starting with his unholy attacks against Cuban dissidents during his recent speech at Harvard University.

With whom we take greatest exception is with Harvard University Professor Jorge Dominguez -- the same Professor Dominguez who had no problem delivering a speech in Damascus hosted by the Assad regime amidst a genocide -- who stated:

Who freed the political prisoners in Cuba? Not the European Union. Not the U.S. government. And not Radio and TV Marti. It was Ortega who convinced Raul Castro to let them out.”

You're wrong, Professor.

It was the death of Cuban political prisoner Orlando Zapata Tamayo, pursuant to an 86-day hunger strike; the courage and resilience of the Ladies in White, who were beaten and dragged through the streets of Havana; the near death of Cuban pro-democracy leader Guillermo Farinas, pursuant to a 140-day hunger strike; and the ensuing international pressure, that earned the release of the 75 Cuban political prisoners of the Black Spring.

It was earned through their blood, sweat, tears, pain and suffering.

Cardinal Ortega even admitted that his "sudden intervention" at the time was motivated by his desire to preserve stability and cleanse Castro's image abroad.

In other words, to serve as an "escape valve" for Castro.