A group of Cuban dissidents has backed a call by the US presidential hopeful, Barack Obama, for direct talks with the new Cuban President, Raul Castro.How long before the "we can't talk to dictators" crowd jumps on the Damas de Blanco? Starts looking in their windows, checking the countertops, asking their neighbors about their finances and the like?
The organisation, Women in White, is made up of female relatives of Cuban political prisoners.
In an open letter to Mr Obama they wrote of their hope that his policies may help free their husbands and sons.
Mr Obama told Cuban exiles in Miami on Friday that America needed to talk to its enemies as well as its friends.
Mr Obama also said that - if elected in November - he would lift President George Bush's restrictions on family travel and remittances to Cuba but maintain the US trade embargo.
Part of me hopes that they try it, because I suspect that the backlash will be furious if they do. I think Rick put it wonderfully:
- When do you suppose that Cuban-American hardliners and their shills in Congress and the White House might decide that their views don't represent the will of the Cuban people any more?Yep. And if you want to support some politicians who are trying to bring change to that community, you can join Annette Taddeo tomorrow at Bayfront Park in Miami for the Memorial Day vigil to honor those soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. It begins at 6:30 p.m. and Ms. Taddeo will be reading a letter a female Army officer who was stationed in Afghanistan sent home to her family, and will join in the reading of the 177 names of the 177 Floridians who have died in the wars.
- What motivates hardliners to stick with unwanted policies that haven't worked for almost 50 years and do not do anything but cause heartache for their fellow countrymen?
- When will mainstream Cuban-Americans marginalize these powerful extremists within their own community and finally declare that is enough is enough?