Cuba, and the 25th anniversary of the Mariel boatlift
Carlos Alberto Montaner”s article How Castro uses the U.S. explains,
Castro is wont to portray himself to the world as a poor victim of the United States. But objective facts show that exactly the opposite is true. Washington has been a source of stability for his dictatorship.
• During nearly half a century in power, Castro has succeeded in transporting 15 percent of the Cuban population to supposedly enemy territory.
• American farmers are his main providers of food supplies.
• The remittances from Cuban-American émigrés constitute the prime source of foreign currency that comes into Cuba.
• Powerful U.S. religious organizations are the most generous donors of humanitarian aid to Cuba.
• Ever since the rafter crisis of 1994, a U.S. promise to grant 20,000 visas a year to Cubans acts as a ”political Prozac.” It keeps hundreds of thousands of people who are opposed to the government sweetly sedated, while they impatiently await the results of the (visa) lottery that will perhaps allow them to liberate themselves from the communist nightmare.
The Kansas City Star writes Fallout from story of Cuba’s Mariel immigrants was felt for decades.