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Oswaldo Paya, Mitt Romney and a clear choice

Babalu Blog’s Val Pierto sent out this tweet this morn­ing con­cern­ing the death of Cuban Democ­racy Activist Oswaldo Payá

As you would expect Babalu Blog has been all over this story With 19 posts since the story of Payá death broke

Oswaldo Payá Sardiñas, an engi­neer and promi­nent fig­ure in the polit­i­cal oppo­si­tion in Cuba died this Sun­day after­noon after a car acci­dent close to Bayamo on the east­ern part of the island. He was 60 years old.

Accord­ing to sources from Havana, Payá, the founder and leader of the Chris­t­ian Lib­er­a­tion Move­ment (MCL), was trav­el­ing via auto­mo­bile with three other per­sons when a truck ran into them and pushed them off the road, caus­ing the tragic incident.

A death that “doesn’t pass the smell test

Con­sider the fact that Payá was in east­ern Cuba, far from his Havana home, and that move­ment in Cuba’s police mon­i­tored for all Cubans and that cer­tainly cas­troite offi­cials in the area new a well-​known dis­si­dent was in their province. Also con­sider the fact that there sim­ply aren’t that many vehi­cles in Cuba, espe­cially out­side of Havana. That’s not to say there aren’t acci­dents there, most of the vehi­cles and roads are in dis­re­pair, but the cas­tro dic­ta­tor­ship doesn’t get the ben­e­fit of the doubt in these cases. “Cuba experts” often accuse the US of being stuck in a cold-​war men­tal­ity vis-​a-​vis Cuba but the truth is it’s the other way around. Stag­ing acci­dents to kill polit­i­cal oppo­nents is not beyond the pale for this gang of Stasi-​trained thugs.

I hate to admit it but Val’s right and I’m guilty. Until right now I haven’t said a word about Oswaldo Payá’s death. But do you know who has:

Mitt Rom­ney today made the fol­low­ing state­ment on the death of Cuban activist Osvaldo Paya:

The cause of free­dom in Cuba has lost one of its strongest voices and respected lead­ers yes­ter­day. The news of Osvaldo Paya’s death is pro­foundly heart­break­ing and infu­ri­at­ing. The cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing Mr. Paya’s death again raise ques­tions about the pat­tern of con­duct by a despotic régime that is con­stantly seek­ing ways to anni­hi­late all inter­nal dis­sent while the world stands in silence. The inter­na­tional com­mu­nity should demand that the facts con­cern­ing Paya’s death be accu­rately deter­mined and that the sur­viv­ing wit­nesses be pro­tected. Ann and I wish to con­vey our deep­est con­do­lences to the Paya fam­ily and to Cuba’s pro-​democracy move­ment for the loss of Osvaldo Paya, a man of extra­or­di­nary courage, con­vic­tion, and peace.”

When the likely next pres­i­dent of the United States openly ques­tions if the Cas­tro régime mur­dered Osvaldo Paya that’s a national story.

Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Mitt Rom­ney said Mon­day that the death of a promi­nent Cuban dis­si­dent in an appar­ent auto­mo­bile acci­dent raises “ques­tions” about the Cas­tro régime’s poten­tial involvement.

Par­tic­u­larly when you con­trast it to the reac­tion of the Obama Administration’s response:

The Repub­li­cans’ remarks are in sharp con­trast to the Obama administration’s more muted response, which offered no hint of alle­ga­tions against the com­mu­nist régime.

Of course they didn’t, why would any­one who has been pay­ing atten­tion expect oth­er­wise?

As the pres­i­dent said in his new adwe have a choice between two very dif­fer­ent plans for our coun­try.” This event and the rel­a­tive reac­tions to it, cer­tainly con­firms it.

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Babalu Blog’s Val Pierto sent out this tweet this morning concerning the death of Cuban Democracy Activist Oswaldo Payá

As you would expect Babalu Blog has been all over this story With 19 posts since the story of Payá death broke

Oswaldo Payá Sardiñas, an engineer and prominent figure in the political opposition in Cuba died this Sunday afternoon after a car accident close to Bayamo on the eastern part of the island. He was 60 years old.

According to sources from Havana, Payá, the founder and leader of the Christian Liberation Movement (MCL), was traveling via automobile with three other persons when a truck ran into them and pushed them off the road, causing the tragic incident.

A death that “doesn’t pass the smell test

Consider the fact that Payá was in eastern Cuba, far from his Havana home, and that movement in Cuba’s police monitored for all Cubans and that certainly castroite officials in the area new a well-known dissident was in their province. Also consider the fact that there simply aren’t that many vehicles in Cuba, especially outside of Havana. That’s not to say there aren’t accidents there, most of the vehicles and roads are in disrepair, but the castro dictatorship doesn’t get the benefit of the doubt in these cases. “Cuba experts” often accuse the US of being stuck in a cold-war mentality vis-a-vis Cuba but the truth is it’s the other way around. Staging accidents to kill political opponents is not beyond the pale for this gang of Stasi-trained thugs.

I hate to admit it but Val’s right and I’m guilty. Until right now I haven’t said a word about Oswaldo Payá’s death. But do you know who has:

Mitt Romney today made the following statement on the death of Cuban activist Osvaldo Paya:

“The cause of freedom in Cuba has lost one of its strongest voices and respected leaders yesterday. The news of Osvaldo Paya’s death is profoundly heartbreaking and infuriating. The circumstances surrounding Mr. Paya’s death again raise questions about the pattern of conduct by a despotic regime that is constantly seeking ways to annihilate all internal dissent while the world stands in silence. The international community should demand that the facts concerning Paya’s death be accurately determined and that the surviving witnesses be protected. Ann and I wish to convey our deepest condolences to the Paya family and to Cuba’s pro-democracy movement for the loss of Osvaldo Paya, a man of extraordinary courage, conviction, and peace.”

When the likely next president of the United States openly questions if the Castro regime murdered Osvaldo Paya that’s a national story.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Monday that the death of a prominent Cuban dissident in an apparent automobile accident raises “questions” about the Castro regime’s potential involvement.

Particularly when you contrast it to the reaction of the Obama Administration’s response:

The Republicans’ remarks are in sharp contrast to the Obama administration’s more muted response, which offered no hint of allegations against the communist regime.

Of course they didn’t, why would anyone who has been paying attention expect otherwise?

As the president said in his new adwe have a choice between two very different plans for our country.” This event and the relative reactions to it, certainly confirms it.

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