Six Cubans Perish at Sea

CubanPresident Obama gave the Castro brothers a when shaking hands with counterpart Raul at Nelson Mandela’s funeral. But that propaganda victory for the communist tyranny meant little to six ordinary Cubans who, on Christmas Eve, were declared lost at sea by the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Cubans — three men and three women — were no doubt aware of the handshake brouhaha when they departed the Dominican Republic on December 17 on an illegal boat trip to Puerto Rico, after alerting relatives in the United States about their estimated arrival date. To them, Obama’s handshake wasn’t a gesture likely to improve their dead-end lives — not in a country designated by the United States as a state sponsor of terrorism and regularly condemned by human rights groups.

Relatives of the Cubans alerted the Coast Guard when their boat failed to arrive in the U.S. territory, thus setting off a four-day air search as two aircraft flew a total of 22 hours over 22,000 square nautical miles, but on Tuesday evening the search was called off. “While the fate of (these) people may never be known…our thoughts and prayers are with their families and loved ones during this difficult time,” said Coast Guard Capt. Drew Pearson in a on Christmas Day.

The Cubans, whose names were not released, join untold others who have died at sea to fulfill their dreams of coming to America, a country that to them remains a beacon of freedom — even as President Obama bows to foreign leaders, shakes hands with tyrants, and apologizes for America’s supposed sins. The Castro regime has all but stamped out Christmas in Cuba, so it is especially tragic and sad that the Cubans who perished never saw Christmas in Puerto Rico, a holiday that would have been similar to what Cubans enjoyed before Castro’s communist revolution.

In an Op-Ed in The Washington Times, Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

“Shaking Raul Castro’s hand, while dismissed by some as only a handshake, not only emboldens the regime, but will not stop the atrocious acts against the Cuban people. Mr. Obama extended his hand to Raul Castro, even though the Castro brothers are unwilling to unclench their fist over the Cuban people.”

Those words are certainly not news to ordinary Cubans  — even if they fall on deaf ears in the Obama administration.

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  • Chiron_Venizelos

    It’s demoralizing to see Mr. 0bama bow to and curry favor from every third rate dictator on earth, especially Cuba. What is even more bizarre is 0bama’s sucking up to a Cuban scumbag who was directly responsible for murdering more than 500 blacks.

    • Crispin G.

      Chiron: Obama was just bowing to a commrade. Possible he admire Raul and his brother Fidel

  • American1969

    Sad story, but one we have seen for years. It’s disgusting to see our president shaking hands with Raul Castro.

    • lernie


    • veeper

      i thought obama looked right at home shaking hands with the brother of one of his long time idols….

  • americanmike

    Screw the handshake, Stop coming over here! You’re ruining the quality of my life. I’m a 4th generation American. Stop it!

    • guest

      Not all immigrants are equal. I would rather have these then Muslims.

      Ideally I would like to see the Castro brothers tried in Cuba for their dictators ship or barring that in the Hague.

  • Omar

    Good article on how cruel and horrible the Castro dictatorship in Cuba really is. I would like to point out that the reason the six Cubans lost at sea were trying to travel to Puerto Rico is because Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory, and as part of the United States, all federal laws apply in Puerto Rico, including the federal government’s “Wet Foot, Dry Foot” policy. So, when Cuban refugees arrive in Puerto Rico, they can apply for political asylum just like if they arrive in anywhere else in the U.S.

    • carpe diem 36

      what i see in this tragedy is that the USA is still the last best hope for mankind. obama is an aberration, he is not an american in spirit any more than in birth. he is doing his best to turn the US into a Cuba. he deserves nothing but contempt from all of us. those poor souls risked their lives for freedom, which our president, from day one, has done nothing but diminish for all of us. i am sorry these six people did not make it to shore, to celebrate freedom.
      i wish to add one more thing, maybe unrelated, but to me just goes to show what the US has become under the “inspiration” of obama and his lefties.
      Israel was singled out for DBS, not Cuba. this is the left in the usa’s thinking, but they do not wish to be bothered with facts, their minds are made up.

  • veeper

    this is a stupid article…..

    with enough pencils, erasers and pencil sharpeners …..

    you can finally connect any dots……no matter how unrelated…..

    • Chuck

      The dots are that things are so bad in Cuba that people are still risking their lives to escape.

      Meanwhile Obama is glad handing the dictator for life and doing zip zero nada, zilch for human rights.

      After 53 years of revolution, Cubans are increasingly exasperated by the restrictions imposed on them by the country’s change-averse communist regime.

      • veeper

        who obama handshakes with and missing cubans are entirely different subjects…..

    • BS77

      You are the stupid article. Learn to write first grade English. These people certainly were not trying to sneak into Cuba!!!