Thursday, October 13, 2005

Oh the Hilarity.

Please read the article and then my commentary below it.

Foreign Ministers Urge End to Cuba Embargo

By CIARAN GILES, Associated Press Writer 2 hours, 41 minutes ago
SALAMANCA, Spain - Foreign ministers from Latin America, Spain and Portugal backed Cuba on Thursday in two of its battles against the United States, calling for an end to the U.S. embargo and the expulsion from the U.S. of a Cuban militant wanted for a 1976 plane bombing.

The foreign ministers, meeting in the Spanish city of Salamanca a day before 20 heads of state gather for the 15th Iberoamerican Summit, urged the United States "to put an end to the financial, commercial and economic blockade which it maintains against Cuba."

"We reaffirm once more ... that unilateral coercive measures which affect the welfare of people and obstruct integration processes are unacceptable," the ministers said.

The U.S. sanctions, which aim to squeeze the island's economy and push out Cuban President Fidel Castro, are now in their fifth decade. President Bush has sought more stringent enforcement of provisions forbidding most travel to the island.

Cuba claims the embargo has cost it $82 billion.

Spanish officials said Castro, 79, had decided not to attend the summit. No reason for the decision was given.

The Cuban leader's presence would likely have led to protests by Cuban dissidents and human rights groups.

The foreign ministers also backed Venezuela's efforts have a Cuban militant extradited from the United States to face trial for allegedly masterminding the Oct. 6, 1976 bombing of a Cuban jet that killed 73 people.

Luis Posada Carriles, a Cuban native who became a naturalized Venezuelan, is in a U.S. detention center in El Paso, Texas after allegedly crossing into the United States illegally from Mexico in March.

Cuba and others have been clamoring for him to be sent to Venezuela to stand trial for allegedly plotting the bombing from the South American country, but an immigration judge declared last week he could not be deported there, citing the possibility he would face torture — a claim denied by Venezuela.

Venezuela has said that if the United States tries to deport Posada to a third country, it would request his extradition from that government.

The ministers said they "backed moves to obtain the extradition and bring to justice the person responsible for the terrorist attack on a Cubana Aviation plane in October 1976."

My commentary: Those foreign ministers can kiss my big white Cuban American ASS on both counts! And they can kiss President Bush's ass too because, guess what, he ain't changing his policies on Cuba. If the liberal media hasn't gotten him to turn tail and run from Iraq yet, what are the chances a bunch of panzy foreign ministers are going to change his mind about his quite correct policy on Cuba and Posada Carriles? You guys have all the resolutions you want keep on with your pajas mentales. Come mierdas!

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