I understand capitalism. I appreciate capitalism. I don’t appreciate capitalist companies that care ONLY about making money at the expense of supporting tortured oppressed people and apartheid.
That is exactly what is happening with Orbitz. The travel company is promoting an online petition to lift travel restrictions to Cuba so they can make money. I doubt Orbitz cares about the thousands who have died at the hands of the Castro government. Orbitz doesn’t care about the hundreds who have been forced into concentration camps on the communist islands. Orbitz doesn’t care of the hundreds of political prisoners currently sitting in dilapidated Cuban jails whose only crime is the desire for freedom.
My friend Israel Ortega wrote a great article at Heritage Foundation’s blog: Orbitz Should Stick to Cheap Flights; Abandon Cheap Advocacy. Here is an few excerpts of this great piece:
…Perhaps our friends at Orbitz might stand to benefit from a quick history lesson on why the U.S. imposed the embargo on the island in the first place – and why it’s still important.
The Cuban embargo was put in place because Fidel Castro seized U.S. businesses and property, reneged on his promise of democracy to Cuban people, jailed any opposition, and became a global ally of the Soviet Union. Working with its communist allies, the island harbored anti-American agents, thanks to the ruthless Castro regime. Communist policies turned the island into the largest prison in the Americas.
And after half a century in power, the Castro regime has shortchanged its people, squashed free and fair elections, violated human rights, jailed dissidents and continues to practice a policy of economic apartheid. The most coveted jobs in Cuba are in hotels doing the bidding of foreign tourists, because those are the jobs that command dollars and Euros. Ordinary Cubans, even engineers and doctors, receive no more than subsistence earnings and meager rations that must be supplemented with black market dealings. Thus far, millions of Canadian and European tourists have only helped to strengthen the Castro regime economically, while leaving the Cuban people under the surveillance and control of its efficient secret police. Such is the sad state of Castro’s communist revolution!
And as Heritage VP Mike Gonzalez recently noted, the arrest of former State Department officials accused of spying for the Cuban government just a few weeks ago is a stark reminder that this is not just simply a relic of the Cold War. READ MORE
Please read the post, leave your thoughts. Interestingly enough Orbitz will never know what average Cubans think of their online petition as the Internet is only available for tourists on the communist island.
Many people tell me how they would love to visit Cuba. They romanticise the idea, but at some point we must have a conscience and know the difference between right and wrong. Once a person told me, you don’t measure the strength of the country on the amount of people trying to get in, you measure it by the about of the people dying to get out.