Oppression or Freedom – That is the Question
“It seems to me that depriving a man of his right of think – it’s like taking the life of his
child.”  So said Jose Marti, the great Cuban liberator revered by all freedom-loving
people everywhere.  Anyone living in Castro’s one-party, one-man Marxist dictatorship
has been deprived of the right to think – to freely express – because of repressive laws
which stifle any kind of dissent.  Such laws are evident anywhere Marxist dictatorships
exist such as China, North Korea and Vietnam.  The odyssey of Elian Gonzalez has
served to again bring into contrast two great opposites – freedom and oppression.
Citizens of any country vote most strikingly with their feet.  Nine citizens of Cuba voted
with their feet to find freedom joining thousands who have risked their lives to do the
same, but only Elian survived.  The same story could be repeated thousands of times
about the Iron or Bamboo Curtains.  We all know incidences of those risking their lives
in hot-air balloons or shipping containers – just to live in freedom.  By the way, where
are the rafters leaving the Florida Keys for Cuba?  You won’t find any!  Yet, you will
still find some in the US who think Castro’s regime is the best thing since sliced bread!
They ought to know better.
Today as you read this, hundreds of political prisoners breathe the foul, stifling air of
Castro’s prisons.  Their crime?  They dared to disagree with Castro’s oppressive regime. 
The fate of four prominent Cuban citizens comes to mind.  Their great crime for which
they were imprisoned in 1997 involved the sending of a pro-democracy document called
“The Homeland Belongs to Us All” (“La Patria es Para Todos”) to the Communist Party
Central Committee of Cuba.  Most prominent of the four was Vladimiro Roca, former
Cuban Air Force pilot and son of the deceased Communist revolutionary hero, Blas Roca. 
Also included were engineer Felix Bonne, lawyer Rene Gomez and economist Marta
Beatriz Roque.
Why was there such a hue and cry regarding Elian Gonzalez?  The struggle over which
kind of society should be his – a free society or an oppressive one.  His deceased mother
voted with her feet.  That courageous vote should have been honored.  He should have
been allowed to live free.