"I just want to mention one issue of the day with you, and that is Cuba. As you know, Fidel Castro announced that he would not remain as president — whatever that means. And I hope that he has the opportunity to meet Karl Marx very soon. But the point is that apparently he's trying to groom his brother Raúl [to succeed him]. My friends, Raúl is worse in many respects than Fidel was. The people of Cuba deserve to have the prisons emptied, they deserve human rights organizations working there, and they deserve free and fair elections. That's our goal for Cuba, not perpetuation of the Fidel Castro regime. And we ought to make it very, very clear that we will not provide aid or assistance until the prisons are emptied of the political prisoners... I'm very worried about people who want to extend aid and assistance now, while this regime is in power [for] that would help them remain in power. And, by the way, unless those things happen, I see no reason, whatsoever — whatsoever — to sit down and have unconditional talks with Raul Castro." — John McCain, remarks in Indianapolis, February 22, 2008
In case some idiot still wants to know the difference between John McCain and Barack Obama, there it is. In off the cuff remarks before an audience of 150 in Indianapolis with nary a Cuban-American around and without even mentioning the name of his likely opponent in November's election, John McCain succinctly explained the difference between morality and amorality, principles and opportunism, intransigence and accommodation as these apply to Cuba. He also expressed without apologies, because such sentiments require none, his hope that the tyrant may soon meet his inspiration. This would surely be a greater punishment to Marx, who could not have imagined that the last Western defender of his superannuated philosophy would be a Latin American, as Marx despised all Latin Americans with a passion, from his brilliant Cuban son-in-law Pablo Lafargue whom he likened to a "gorilla" to Simón Bolívar whom he called "the most cowardly, brutal and miserable of wretches."
It was no surprise, of course, to hear Castro's admirers waxing with indignation at the mere mention of their idol's overdue immateriality. We had heard them before when Cuban exiles were celebrating openly, and those on the island in the secret of their hearts, what seemed then Castro's imminent demise. I have never understood why a tyrant's life is deemed sacrosanct and not those of his victims, or how anyone could possibly wish health and a long life to one whose continued existence implies the deaths of thousands upon thousands of innocent people. All human life is sacred that respects the sanctity of life. Those who make humans their prey or who degrade the human condition by reducing others to slavery have renounced their own humanity and forfeited any claims to human sympathy. Men like John McCain, who have suffered in flesh and bone man's inhumanity to man, know this well enough. His opposition to torture under any circumstances attests to his own humane feelings and even more so his desire that all tyrants should meet divine justice as soon as possible.