The Cuban dictatorship is willing to sacrifice anything -- or anyone -- for the sake of propaganda.
This appears to be the case of the health workers it has sent to West Africa to work on the Ebola virus.
The details that have been filtering out of Cuba regarding the terms and conditions that the Castro regime has given to these health workers are very concerning.
For example, the Cuban health workers have been compelled to agree that if they contract the Ebola virus, they will not be repatriated to the island.
Moreover, they have been warned of a 90% chance of no return.
As such, there has been a life insurance policy taken out for these health workers with the World Health Organization (WHO).
Surely the families are the beneficiaries of the policies, right?
Nope -- the Cuban state is.
(It remains unclear whether the WHO is further paying the Castro regime for these health workers.)
Those fortunate enough to return have been "promised" nearly $10,000 per month -- to be deposited in a Cuban state bank account during their absence -- as well as a house and car.
This would set them up extremely handsomely -- for life -- in Cuba.
Of course, whether the Castro regime intends to actually fulfill this "promise" is another question. Just ask the veterans of Cuba's African wars.
Castro knows that Cubans are desperate enough to accept these terms. After all, there's at least a chance for survival if you contract Ebola, while there's no chance for survival if you're caught by sharks in the Florida Straits.
But it seems that the Castro regime is not counting on their return.
Adding to this concern is the fact that the Cuban health workers sent to West Africa appear to be poorly trained (at best) or utterly unqualified (at worst).
As the Wall Street Journal reported last week:
An Australian World Health Organization official responsible for training them on Ebola care watched in concern as the Cubans swapped hand-clasps, pats on backs and other potentially hazardous displays of physical affection. Public-health officials warn Ebola can spread on contact, with the virus carried in bodily fluids like sweat.
“They’re a very cuddly people,” said Katrina Roper, a technical officer with the U.N. agency. “Tomorrow will be me explaining why they have to stop shaking hands and sharing things.”
Such irresponsibility may only exacerbate the problem.
But hey -- sacrifice anything, or anyone, for propaganda.
Meanwhile, in another simplistic, haphazard and obviously ill-informed editorial today, The New York Times tells us this approach should be "lauded and emulated."
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