Saturday, February 25, 2006

A letter to President Bush

This letter to the President will stay on top for a week, scroll down for updates.

David L. Rosenthal
Hollywood, Florida

President George W. Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

February 16, 2006

Dear President Bush:

I wish to make known to you my intention to support the Cuban Exile Community in any effort made to overthrow the tyrannical regime of Fidel Castro, the tyrant, international terrorist, and drug trafficker that some erroneously consider as a head of state. I support the efforts to overthrow Castro, whether approved by the government of the United States or not.

I have sent copies of email messages to you on this and related subjects, but I now send you this certified letter in order to have some proof that your office has received this letter.

Among information I have sent you have been the five public announcements (also sent to the U.S. Department of Justice, to the Cuban Ministry of the Exterior, to the Cuban Interests Section in Washington, DC, and to several hundred others, including scores of journalists in several countries), in which I offered a large bounty for the head of Castro, in identifiable condition. I do not consider Castro to be a head of state but merely a successful pirate and terrorist, well supported by governments around the world, too often by the United States of America.

Castro will never cease to rule as the result of a peaceful transition to democracy. He must be overthrown, along with his cadre of co-tyrants. That the United States refuses to allow the Cuban people to undertake such a necessary mission is and will remain a severe blemish on the spotty record of the United States (that for too long allowed the practice of slavery - in 11 states, with complicity from other states in the matter of returning escaped "property" - and in such a barbaric manner exterminated or otherwise degraded millions of Native Americans). Only a firm stance in support of freedom for Cuba might rescue the United States from well-deserved condemnation in connection with its half-century-long support of tyranny and terrorism.

The policies of the United States are as responsible for the perpetuation of the Castro regime as any other factor. This undeniable fact, hidden from most Americans, will in the future become widely known, and will be another reason for future Americans to cringe in shame at its mention.
These policies, despite any reason or pretext for their perpetuation, are clearly a departure from traditional American ideals, a severe ongoing violation of human rights, and reason enough for any person of conscience to doubt the honesty and good will of the American government.

You have repeatedly spoken with respect to the freedom of Cuba, also stating, in a State of the Union Address, that the United States would lead the cause of freedom. You have led many people to believe that you intended to do for Cuba what you have done for Iraq. Many people campaigned and voted for you because of your stance against tyranny. Now you must fulfill the promise conveyed in your messages, or you must understand that those who supported you will rightfully feel betrayed.
You must understand that, despite the policies of the United States, millions of people rightfully yearn for the freedom denied their people by tyrants operating with the virtual or actual approval of the United States. You cannot legitimately deny these people the right to regain the freedom and prosperity they once enjoyed that for 47 years has been trampled and violated by totalitarian terrorists. If you continue to do so, you rightfully will be remembered as one of the greatest allies of tyranny. And you will not legitimately be able to accuse or condemn the abused for fighting to free their people from the yoke of tyranny.

Your administration may take all the steps at its disposal to undermine the legitimate efforts and attempts of the Cuban Exile Community, as many administrations have done before, but you will not be able to prevent the inevitable tide of resistance to this dishonorable and treacherous tendency of the government of the United States, which must grow as time passes and people realize that the United States is Castro's Big Brother, Protector, and Ally. Others will rise up who will no longer tolerate this policy and procedure, leaving you or your successor with the alternative of either strengthening the tyranny imposed on those who struggle for freedom, or undertaking the liberation of the enslaved people of Cuba. America's jails are not yet large enough to contain all those who will disobey America's unjustifiable restrictions and actions.
My participation in the struggle for freedom has so far remained arguably close to the limit of what American law permits, although I freely admit having said and written that I intend to kill Castro upon crossing paths with him. I would prefer to see my government do the right thing and give genuine support to this cause, but I admit that the restrictions placed on the Cuban Exile Community can and should be violated and that, at some point in the future, I could easily violate them. It would simply be the right thing to do, while imposition of America's immoral policies and laws has been outrageous and intolerable. Your policies are outrageous and intolerable.

If Saddam Hussein should have been eliminated, for the same reasons should Fidel Castro, who for much longer than Hussein has been an exporter of revolution, a major drug trafficker, a slavemaster over millions, and a sworn enemy of the United States and ally to other enemies of freedom. You told the world that, in the fight against terrorism, each nation was either for us or against us. You, President Bush, and the United States are either for freedom for Cuba or against it; and whoever is against freedom for Cuba, and against the destruction of the Castro regime, is for the continued sponsorship by Cuba of international terrorism.

Many Cuban-Americans do still have faith in you. I merely still hope that you will decide to do the right thing.

Please do not have someone from the U.S. Department of State send me another disingenuous letter not worth the paper on which it is written. And please do not send us predigested or irrelevant responses, such as the ones Ken Mehlman gives when in Miami. What we need and want is for the President of the United States to remember America's justification for its rebellion against British tyranny, take a stance compatible with American ideals, and afford the same rights and opportunities to the Cuban people; whose countrymen in exile now await America's permission for them to mobilize to free Cuba.

Thank you for your attention.


David L. Rosenthal
Hat tip Killcastro


Blogger Mary said...


5:01 PM  
Blogger madtom said...

Hey my first ever hate comment. thank you very much come back any time. I have to imagine that this guy is some kind of right winger.. you can only imagine that he sees anything that isn't the usual worship Bush and he goes ballistic. I bet he did not bother to check out the source, Killcastro is a right wing as they come, but that would be to much to ask from this crowd. That would be like asking them to "Think" for themselves..

5:49 PM  
Blogger Ryan Schmitz said...

Do you thing that Cuba would make a good State in this country? Would they vote Republican or Democrat?

6:27 PM  
Blogger Ryan Schmitz said...

By the way I agree with your letter on Castro.

6:27 PM  
Blogger madtom said...

That's an interesting question, I really don't know the answer too. I can tell you one thing the Cuban community here in Miami is predominantly conservative, but asking how the Cubans on the island would vote is like asking would the Iraqis vote republican or Democrat. Chances are they would vote neither an stick to voting along regional lines. I would imagine that the vote would turn out more like a census like it did in Iraq, but with sharp white v black, and rural v city, type lines, then throw in a few religious factions Catholics v Protestants with the Santeria folks dividing between the Catholics and the rural vote.
You have to try to understand the mindset of people that have been held under a strict one party rule for so long, it would take them a long time to go outside what they see as the safest bet, or their community which has keep them alive through the darkest of times.

And your likely to see a lot of the expat not welcome feelings swell with the liberation. People will be afraid of their affluent brothers from the US and abroad, they will fear our buying power and our knowledge of the way the world out side works... these are very hard questions to answer in such a short response, I hope I have been able to give your a taste of where your answer lies.
welcome to the blog!

7:15 PM  
Blogger Charlie Bravo said...

Well, that question's a real hardball, Ryan, and MadTom actually gives a good response to it. Having lived in Cuba for a long time and knowing the culture and mentality first hand, I will add something to MadTom's response:
Cubans -younger than 40 is the majoritarian group- would be certainly happy of becoming a State, since it would warrant order and stability to the island. The most nationalistic older generation would not reall vote as a block for becoming a State nor would oppose as a block. The feeling is that 47 years of problems and dictatorship won't go away without the help of the U.S.
To your surprise, many more Cubans in the U.S. would oppose Statehood as opposed to the Cubans from the island who will welcome it as a solution for the crisis of the only thing they have known their whole life: a communist tyranny. Many of them would love to stay in Cuba, in a free Cuba that cannot go back to commiedom.
Now, will they vote conservative or liberal? I think they would vote something in between. They have too many problems which are the antithesis of conservative thinking and they have so many problems that will be even far reached for the standards of an American liberal. But surprinsingly, their set of believes lies to the right of the center.

10:41 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Around Xmas, a lot of media writers had their predictions for 2006, & one was Castro croaks. I'm like, I don't think so, man. But when he goes it won't be like Autumn of the Patriarch, doddering away; I think he'll just drop one day from a massive embolism, or possibly cyanide

9:56 PM  
Blogger madtom said...

I have been hearing about his immanent demise my entire life. The old fuck has managed to out live most if not all his enemies.

7:27 PM  
Blogger B Will Derd said...

At the risk of pissing someone off--all my life I have wondered: How is it that 100's of thousands of Cubans will take their lives into their own hands to get out of Cuba, but not one has managed to kill Castro? I've seen video of the bearded dick waxing poetic for hour after hour before thousands, but no one can learn to use a sniper rifle? I uderstand some of his 'speeches' last long enough to swim to Miami, buy a rifle, and swim back. Not trying to stir anybody up, but it is a thing I have always wondered about. If it is possible to conspire to leave, why is not possible to successfully conspire to remove the reason for leaving?

7:48 PM  
Blogger madtom said...

That's because we Cubans are spineless shit bags. There is a saying around here, "patria o murte o Miami" which translates (if I spelled it right) "country or death, or Miami"
Translated again to American it could say "(Give me liberty or give me death, or maybe I'll just swim to Miami"

But you know it's not really that easy, ask why Romania lasted so long, or Iraq, or wherever, but it's one of the reasons I hold my Nica friends in high esteem. the stood up to their dictators be they from the right or the left, they did not take it lying down. They stood their ground. A rare breed indeed.

8:08 PM  
Blogger B Will Derd said...

Well, that was pretty bluntly put, but I expect it was honest. Still puzzling, but I guess you have to be there. I'll bet there are many who have tried and deserve credit for having done so. Not a big fan of JFK, I take it?

8:16 PM  
Blogger madtom said...

Me personally, sure I understand that JFK was looking out for US interest, after all he was the President of the USA not Cuba and the US has interest that are much bigger than Cuba. For starters Miami was a dairy town. Who was going to protect the US back door from the commies, the cows? Plus Cuba was the main distribution hub for US products into south America, and the main tourist destination. So from a US prospective castro has been a boom, Miami went from a cow town to metropolitan city, and with it came the distribution routs the banking and the tourist, add to that a population that was anti communist, very capitalistic and hardworking too boot. Where is the down side for the US?

8:35 PM  

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