Granted, America's obsession with its small neighbour is rather silly. Granted, it deals happily with many regimes that are worse than Castro's or equally bad. But what should we think of a passage like this?
Amnesty International claims that 72 prisoners of conscience are detained in Cuban jails, an allegation rejected by the Cuban government, which argues that all were tried and found guilty of being in the pay of an enemy power - the US.So who is right? Do we trust Amnesty or an unelected dictatorship? Gibson does not even begin to address the question. His silence here gives the distinct impression that his sympathies are with the dictator.
Instead he goes on to write:
The International Red Cross has meanwhile reported that up to 40,000 people are detained by coalition forces in Iraq without charge.That is shameful, and the allied intervention in Iraq looks increasingly like a ghastly mistake. But how can it remotely justify Castro's dictatorship in Cuba?
Once again we see the socialist need for a paradise somewhere far away and the snatching at any argument to defend it in the teeth of the evidence.