Obama’s Limp on Human Rights

 In FOREIGN POLICY, NATIONAL

While the first family tours Cuba with President Obama, Raul Castro was asked…

What about the country’s political prisoners?

The question was plainly phrased by a Cuban-American reporter during a news conference after a joint statement, and Castro responded just as bluntly–in true communist fashion.

“Give me a list and I will release them immediately,” Castro said. “Give me a name or names.”

Castro added: “If we have them, they will be released before the tonight ends.”

Jorge Ramos wasted no time, via Twitter, to provide Castro a list of 47 political prisoners:

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A few hours later, Jorge released 51 more names:

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In a similar situation, here is how another dictator responded when pressed on human rights.

Addressing New York’s Columbia University a few years ago, former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran replied to a question about gays in the Islamic Republic saying: “In Iran, we don’t have homosexuals like in your country.”

Speaking through a translator, he also said: “In Iran we don’t have this phenomenon.”

“What Ahmadinejad said was not a political answer. He said that, compared to American society, we don’t have many homosexuals,” presidential media adviser Mohammad Kalhor said.

The remarks drew widespread criticism in the West.

Homosexuality is punishable by death in the Islamic Republic, so in a sense, Mahmoud was correct.  They don’t have many homosexuals because Iranian homosexuals are murdered by the Islamic regime.

Do these despotic regimes share American values and should we be warming relations with these countries who have a long, bloody history when it comes to human rights?

Sources: NBC News, Reuters.

(dr) Phil Kiver

After graduating from Eastern Washington University, Kiver joined the Army, serving overseas in Iraq, Afghanistan, Chile, Kyrgyzstan and Germany. While stationed at Fort Hood Texas, Kiver anchored an Army news show on KCEN NBC in Waco, Texas. During this time, he received a master’s degree in Military History from American Military University. Currently, he is working on his PhD in Terrorism Studies. He has spoken at the Library of Congress, Ronald Reagan Library and Hillsdale University. Kiver is the author of “182 Days in Iraq” and “Iraq in Pictures,” His books may be purchased directly from the publisher at www.wordassociation.com

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