The lifeless body of little Alan Kurdi, a 3 year-old boy from Syria who drowned together with his mother, Rehanna Kurdi, and brother, Ghalib Kurdi, as they tried to escape their war-torn region, represents the violence and agony of 2015. My heart is heavy with the suffering of so many innocent little ones, which limits my New Year’s wishes to health and peace for my readers and their loved ones, in the United States and around the world.
As a former political refugee from Cuba’s brutal Communist military dictatorship, I am much too familiar with the photos of Cuban children who have drowned in the Strait of Florida, trying to escape their island prison with their parents. Since January 1,1959, when Fidel Castro and his band of murderous Marxist thugs took over Cuba, the world has either remained silent or supported Castro through farcical educational and cultural exchange programs—as well as through business ventures, including tourism, construction, development of the citrus industry, etc.
The international indifference to the suffering of the Cuban people is monumental.
So, when I look at the photo of little Alan Kurdi I am reminded that it is always the innocent and helpless little ones who pay the highest price for the errors and stupidity of governments, NGO’s, greedy business people and opportunists—who choose to do business with the Devil.
Why is it that so many countries have been willing to support and do business with four rogue governments who have been listed for years as state sponsors of terrorism, by the U.S. State Department? These four countries are Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria. In case you don’t know, Obama’s administration removed Cuba from this list a few weeks ago, as part of its new misguided and senseless Cuba Policy– which is effectively a dangerous liaison.
No amount of diplomacy will change the fact that Cuba remains a rogue, murderous, Communist state, where its citizens are tortured, imprisoned and executed simply for expressing opposition to their despotic government.
When will humanity wake up to the fact that supporting and doing business with evil governments only leads to more death and destruction? The ongoing support of these dangerous governments simply prolongs the suffering of innocent victims.
Little Alan Kurdi did not have to die. The same applies to the thousands of Cuban children who have perished, as a result of drowning or through oppression and hunger under Cuba’s 57 year-long murderous communist dictatorship– while the world remains indifferent.
I have always been a strong woman with a fighting and positive spirit—and I will remain so. With this in mind, I will continue to write the truth, as long as it takes, about those who are responsible for so much suffering.
Marielena Montesino de Stuart
December 29, 2015
Someone has to say the truth…
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