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U.S. Free Speech Hypocrisy

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To the credit of the Cuban government, when facing the six ship flotilla from Key West, it did NOT send its warships 70 miles out to sea to stop the flotilla. It did NOT attack the boats. It did NOT execute 9 passengers and wound 50 passengers as the Israeli government did in 2010 to the passengers of the Gaza flotilla. 

Human rights violations of all countries, to include the United States, must be challenged 

Human rights violations of all countries must be challenged, including those of Israel, Cuba, and the United States. 

In 1996, the Cuban air force did shoot down two civilian aircraft flown by Brothers to the Rescue that were attempting to spot boats carrying Cubans who wanted to leave Cuba. Four persons on board the aircraft were killed. 

The Cuban government's shooting down unarmed civilian aircraft was wrong, just as the Israeli government's attacking the unarmed ships in the Gaza flotilla was wrong. 

Hypocrisy of U.S. human rights policies 

The 50-year U.S. condemnation of Cuba's human rights violations and the U.S. support for 64 years of the brutal Israeli government's treatment of Palestinians demonstrates solidly the hypocrisy of the United States government.


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Ann Wright is a 29-year US Army/Army Reserves veteran, a retired United States Army colonel and retired U.S. State Department official, known for her outspoken opposition to the Iraq War. She received the State Department Award for Heroism in 1997, after helping to evacuate several thousand (more...)
 
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