The Cuban and Syrian People Deserve an Apology

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
For years, media outlets and policy makers peddled the false narrative of Cuba's Raul Castro and Syria's Bashar al-Assad as "reformers" to the international community.

This was never based on any evidence -- other than Assad attending college in Britain and Castro's economic cosmetics.

(In case you're wondering, Assad's Syria is a bastion of economic freedoms compared to Castro's Cuba.)

Yet, here we are, on the eve of a military response to Assad's use of chemical weapons against his own people.

Meanwhile, Raul Castro is taking American hostages, smuggling weapons to North Korea, subverting democracy in the region, trafficking intelligence to fellow state-sponsors of terrorism, dramatically increasing political arrests and murdering internationally-recognized democracy leaders.

These media outlets and policy makers owe the victims of these brutal dictatorships an apology for their misinformation campaigns.

Here's the false narrative (courtesy of Vogue):

Here's the reality: