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David L. Rosenthal
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