FRONTPAGE READERS will be familiar with my periodic discussion of Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet, the Afro-Cuban prisoner of conscience who has been torn from his wife and children since November 3, 1999. As I wrote last week, terrorism underpins the regime that tore this family apart:
If a Cuban criticizes Fidel Castro, he may be imprisoned for "disrespect" or "enemy propaganda." If a group of Cubans gathers to demand the release of this Cuban, they may be imprisoned for "illicit association." If a Cuban disgusted with this repression desires to live elsewhere, he cannot leave the island without permission [and payment of exit fees, I might add].
Dr. Biscet openly yearned for Cuba’s emancipation from terrorism, and that is why he is over 400 miles apart from his family. The master class considers his anti-terrorist dissidence tantamount to insanity — a "crazy little man," according to Castro.
It is no surprise that Communist Cuba is on the U.S. State Department’s list of regimes that sponsor terrorism, making it an enemy regime complicit with our other enemies such as the Taliban and Iran. Castro promotes abroad what he perpetrates internally. For instance, he proclaimed at Tehran University on May 10, "Iran and Cuba, in cooperation with each other, can bring America to its knees." (See John J. Miller’s "In Castro’s Service" in the November 5 issue of National Review.)
Indeed, Communist Cuba is America’s closest enemy. I live nearer to Castro’s slave pen than to my state capital and every state in the union.
Our country is fighting a War against Terror, and Communist Cuba is not extraneous to this war. On the contrary, Castro is a salient threat given his preeminent proximity to America.
November 3 will be the 24th month that Dr. Biscet has been a prisoner of conscience. On this day, I will commence a 24-day fast to protest the terrorist regime and its crimes against this lucid, heroic, and emblematic man. My demands to Fidel Castro are simple:
- Renounce the enslavement of Dr. Biscet and his countrymen.
- Renounce terrorism against the Cuban people.
- Renounce complicity with terrorist regimes.
Castro has domestically and internationally sponsored terrorism for decades in our own hemisphere. Now more than ever the enormity of his crimes demands confrontation.