March 11, 2016
Dear Mr. Trump:
My name is Marielena Montesino de Stuart. In 2012 I ran for the United States Senate in Florida (Republican, on the ballot). I am a proud American citizen who came to this country as a political refugee from Cuba, after having suffered horrific persecution under Fidel Castro’s Communist dictatorship. I grew up visiting political prisons in Cuba, where my father and my uncle were held. My uncle became one of the longest held political prisoners in the Western Hemisphere. Other members of my family were tortured, imprisoned and executed. The story of the decimation of my family by Castro’s forces represents the murderous legacy of Fidel Castro– imposed on millions of Cubans for more than 57 years.
Last night during the GOP Debate, you spoke about a “better deal” with Cuba that would allay your concerns over reparation lawsuits being filed against the U.S. by the Communists in Havana. You never mentioned any concern for the freedom of the Cuban people– which is the ONLY legitimate path to fair commerce between Cuba and the United States. Mr.Trump, allow me to point out that the Cuban exiled community, a powerful American voting block, is not concerned, nor fears, farcical reparation lawsuits against the U.S. from the thugs in Havana. We want freedom for the people of Cuba. You cannot “Make America Great Again” if you are willing to do a “better deal” with the Devil next door.
My family and I were exiled in the United States by choice. We never felt there was a better antidote to Communism than the principles of freedom that America stands for. This is in stark contrast with other Cuban exiles who preferred to remain among Eurosocialists and parade down the halls of the United Nations, because they saw the Eurosocialist model as a better alternative to what America had to offer. Most of these former Eurosocialist Cubans had been supporters of Fidel Castro’s revolution and are also responsible for the blood spilled on Cuban soil. Many eventually made their way to America, but only because Eurosocialism hit their pocketbooks hard. They now mostly live in Miami. I am NOT one of them.
It appears that you are on your way to becoming the presidential nominee for the Republican Party. I have observed your triumphant path carefully, and I congratulate you for your courage and perseverance in opposing the corrupt individuals involved in the Republican establishment who are trying to destroy your campaign. I experienced a similar situation when I ran for the U.S. Senate in Florida.
I have also carefully studied your opponents, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. As elected public officials I do not consider their record, their character nor some of their major donors, to be trustworthy, in terms of what is best for America or Cuba. Moreover, the fact that Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are sons of Cuban immigrants who supported Fidel Castro’s “revolution” (NOT political refugees from Communist Cuba) appears to have blurred their vision, since during their time as U.S. Senators they both have honored Nelson Mandela, a well known Communist terrorist, who was also a close friend of Fidel Castro. With this reality in mind, I do not trust any promises or overtures that Cruz and Rubio make to the Cuban diaspora in the United States. For years I have witnessed Cuban-American politicians who take advantage of the trust and suffering of the Cuban exiled community, with empty rhetoric.
To be fair, I have noted that as a private citizen you once had words of admiration for Nelson Mandela– but I can only imagine that this is the result of your lack of understanding of his Communist terrorist activities. Let’s face it, it is not necessary to honor Nelson Mandela, in order to rightfully speak out against the former Apartheid government of South Africa.
The fact that you are self-funding your campaign is extremely important, in order to keep special interest away, and focus on what this country desperately needs, if it is to become once again a moral and economic leader in the world. Furthermore, the fact that such an overwhelming number of Americans have turned out to support your slogan of “Make America Great Again”– speaks to the desperate state that this country is in. It’s called Socialism– which is rising in the shadows of the Eurosocialism that has brought Europe back to an Islamization not seen since the defeat of Muslims at the Gates of Vienna.
As such, you must not ignore the fact that the Communist government of Cuba has not only pursued an aggressive internationalist approach for the spread of Communism, but has been actively engaged as a state sponsor of terrorism, along with Iran, Sudan and Syria, even though Obama recently removed Cuba from this list, for the sake of “diplomacy.”
Cuba’s involvement as a state sponsor of terrorism has been evident for several decades.
During the Yom Kippur War (aka the 1973 Arab-Israeli War) Fidel Castro’s government sent 4,000 troops to prevent Israeli forces from entering Syrian territory— while Benjamin Netanyahu, the current Prime Minister of Israel, was leading a commando team deep in the Syrian territory.
On another front, during Operation Entebbe in July 1976, commandos of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) conducted a high-risk operation at Entebbe Airport in Uganda, in order to rescue over 100 Israeli citizens and Jewish passengers of various nationalities who were being held hostage at Entebbe Airport by hijackers of an Air France plane. These terrorists had received training in South Yemen at camps supported and staffed with 1,500 Soviets, 700 Cubans and 116 East Germans.
When the terrorists took control of the Air France plane, they announced that they were under the leadership of none other than the “Che Guevara Group and Gaza Unit of the Popular Front of the Liberation of Palestine.” I’m sure you know that Che Guevara was one of Fidel Castro’s closest henchmen, responsible for the execution of thousands of innocent Cubans. Che Guevara’s long trail of blood has earned him the reputation as one of the most vicious and ruthless Communists in history.
As you can see, Cuba’s Marxist-terrorist influence reaches far across the globe.
Today, the Communist government of Cuba remains the dagger in the heart of the Western Hemisphere, with powerful tentacles that advance their nefarious agenda through socialist nation-building (as in Venezuela) and through the agenda of the São Paulo Forum, whose sole purpose is to destroy America. Please do not ignore this important fact.
Indeed, Cuba’s Communist government represents a sociopolitical threat to the United States of America. Cuba’s government is only interested in “deals” that benefit their murderous Communist dictatorship– and the international advancement of their interests. Cuban government officials made this very clear, even before the American flag was raised during the reopening of the U.S. Embassy in Havana. The belligerence of the Cuban government against any sign of democracy or freedom for the Cuban people remains intact.
Cuba is also a threat to the United States, in terms of immigration, specifically through the flood of Cubans pouring in through the border with Mexico. This should concern you, since the issue of immigration is, after all, what catapulted your campaign into success. These new Cuban arrivals see Barack Obama’s deal with Cuba as a chokehold on their freedom, because Obama’s “diplomacy” represents a cowardly legitimization of the Communist dictatorship of Cuba, after 57 years of oppression. The numbers of Cubans fleeing the island since Obama’s one-way diplomacy was enacted has increased exponentially, and the oppression and persecution of the Cuban people under their Communist dictatorship is the same, or worse.
Mr. Trump, you are a very successful businessman, and your life is centered on making “deals.” You have said that “deals are people.” If you are to remain consistent, I am asking that you reconsider your position on Cuba. Any “deal” that you do with the Communists in Havana will affect the people of Cuba. Consequently, I was particularly disheartened by your perfunctory statement last night during the GOP Debate held at the University of Miami: “… fifty years is enough time, folks” –referring to U.S. laws that have been in place to exert (at least) minimal pressure on the Communist government of Cuba. Your statement was not just offensive to those of us who suffered under Communism in Cuba– but it shows that you need help in understanding that there’s no “better deal” to be made with the Communists in Havana.
Furthermore, consider this scenario: would you say to survivors of the Jewish Holocaust that “Seventy one years is enough time, folks”? No, you would not– because such a statement would be inconsiderate and disrespectful. We, the survivors of Cuba’s murderous Communist regime, who have been loyal to America, deserve the same respect and consideration.
Based on the above scenario, and knowing that your forte is the issue of trade and “deals,” I respectfully propose that in your effort to do away with, or rewrite the trade deals that are choking the American economy, that you include a clause which will severely punish those so-called “friends” of the U.S. who continue to trade and do business with the Communist government of Cuba. Now, that’s a deal that will effectively work to help bring freedom to the Cuban people, through an economic stranglehold on the thugs in Havana– just like it was done in South Africa against the Apartheid government. This will quickly end the suffering of the Cuban people and will bring the freedom needed for the establishment of legitimate diplomacy and trade. You can become the man who brings down the Communist government of Cuba, without shooting a single bullet. What a legacy! If you’re willing to take on China in trade, it should be easy for you to take on Cuba and its trading partners.
Dr. Ben Carson, who endorsed you this morning, said that you are not intolerant to change. I believe that this is true and that if you surround yourself with virtuous people who can guide you in critical matters, such as Cuba, you can become a successful leader.
We all know that you have evolved through the years on several areas, including abortion– and that you are open to the process of evolving further, based on the goodness in you to do what is moral and just in defense of the innocent. You recently said that there’s no sense in keeping a position that is wrong. This supports your famous quote: “Watch, listen, and learn. You can’t know it all yourself. Anyone who thinks they do is destined for mediocrity.”
I respectfully ask that you carefully consider the above facts, and that you urgently present a strong, sincere and trustworthy position against Cuba’s Communist government, before the Florida Primary on Tuesday, March 15.
I remain sincerely,
Marielena Montesino de Stuart
It’s time to lift the fog… someone has to say the truth.
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