[Marxism] U.S. aid experts to see storm impact

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Sat Oct 29 18:50:36 MDT 2005


(That evil bastard Castro! "But[!!]...his idea in letting them visit was 
to discuss ways to improve disaster assistance among countries in the
region," we read. Isn't this a terrible idea which should be both
loudly and vigorously denounced by all civilized, right-thinking and 
God-fearing individuals? What an insolent sonofabitch this Castro is,
wanting to "discuss ways to improve disaster assistance among countries
in the region." What will Castro's NEXT dirty trick turn out to be???
A chicken in every pot?

(As to the big chips of the Malecon wall, as of today they've already 
been removed from the highway and are now sitting quietly on a side-
street adjacent to this main thorougfare. Agents of the regime here,
wearing fresh black T-shirts identifying them as "Social Workers"
in Cuba were busy giving away free beds, fans and other household
necessities, even those notorious 26-inch Chinese "Panda" TV sets, 
in a bid to shore up support for his sagging dictatorship after giving 
away tons of free food earlier in the week. Castro's government here
today was also busy repaving parts of the Malecon which were damaged
by the hurricane. They won't be making assessments or adding to the
property taxes for this prime real estate, probably because there in
Cuba, most people own their homes and there are no property taxes here.

(We don't know yet what other dirty tricks Castro has up his geriatric 
sleeve. But as soon as we know, we'll be sure to pass on each and every
one of the of the insidious details. Please, don't touch that dial!)
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MIAMI HERALD
Posted on Sat, Oct. 29, 2005	

CUBA 
U.S. aid experts to see storm impact 

In a rare show of cooperation with the United States, Fidel Castro 
agreed to let U.S. experts visit Cuba to assess the damage caused 
by Hurricane Wilma. 
BY ANITA SNOW 
Associated Press

HAVANA - President Fidel Castro has confirmed that Cuba agreed to let
three U.S. aid officials visit the island to assess damage from
Hurricane Wilma's assault on the island this week.

But during a Thursday night television appearance, he made it clear
that his idea in letting them visit was to discuss ways to improve
disaster assistance among countries in the region.

''Cuba has not solicited international aid,'' Castro said during a
regular public affairs problem, reading from the diplomatic note his
country sent to the U.S. government accepting the visit.

''It shares, however, the point of view'' that countries in the
region should ``provide each other with mutual assistance in
situations of disaster.''

The State Department had announced earlier Thursday that Cuba agreed
to let three experts from the U.S. Agency for International
Development visit in a rare show of cooperation.

Waist-deep water coursed through the streets of Havana earlier this
week, chunks of the city's famous Malecón seawall were ripped off,
and already-crumbling buildings along the coastal highway were
battered by high winds and waves.

Cuba has routinely turned down U.S. offers of assistance during
disasters over the years. According to the State Department's Cuba
experts, this was the first time the Castro government has accepted a
U.S. offer of emergency assistance, department spokesman Sean
McCormack said.

The display of U.S.-Cuba cooperation was not expected to produce any
easing in the friction between the two countries. U.S. policy is to
seek a democratic transition in Cuba once the 79-year-old Castro is
gone, rather than accept a regime-orchestrated succession. The U.S.
trade embargo dates back more than 40 years, and Castro has waged a
decades-long struggle against U.S. interests.

Nevertheless, the Cuban leader seemed impressed by what he considered
to be the ''respectful'' tone of the letter offering assistance sent
by the new chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, Michael
Parmly.

Castro had a particularly contentious relationship with Parmly's
predecessor, James Cason, who he once characterized as a ''bully.''
After Hurricane Dennis pummeled the island in July, Castro expressed
gratitude for Washington's offer of $50,000 in aid but rejected it.

Havana offered 1,600 doctors to help victims of Hurricane Katrina,
which devastated the U.S. Gulf Coast in August. The State Department
said the Cuban help was not needed because enough U.S. doctors had
offered their services.

It was unclear when the three aid experts would arrive in Cuba. Any
offers to help Cuba would be based on what that team found, and all
aid would be distributed through independent groups, McCormack said.






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