What is the difference between a Cuban refugee and a seal?
It is illegal to club seals to death. An international convention protects them.
No such luck for Cuban refugees, who are the quarry of Castro, the U.S., Mexico, Venezuela and every two-bit Caribbean state.
For Ted, Who Did Not Get the Joke
Ok, Ted, I’ll explain the joke, though I am sure that it will take all the fun out of it.
Once upon a time, not too long ago, seals were killed with clubs for their hides. You may have seen a picture? Hundreds of seals, stuck like mushrooms to the ice, being clubbed to death madly by a drunken Eskimo. Very National Geographic. The practice of seal-clubbing was outlawed by international accord 30 years ago. Dunken Eskimos will have to kill something else.
Keep that idea in your mind.
Now try to remember the plight of Cuban refugees under the “Dry Foot/Wet Foot” policy. See in your mind’s eye again the pictures of Cuban refugees being beaten with clubs by the Coast Guard in a frantic attempt to force them back into the ocean.
Do see any similarities or parrallels between the fate of the seal and fate of the Cubans?
1). One can’t be clubbed anymore (seals)
2). One can still be clubbed till hell and back, literally (Cubans).
One is human (Cubans) and one is not (seals)
Hence the irony of treating seals better than Cubans.
Very funny, isn’t it?
Actually, no. It’s not intended to be funny.