They are not the "frozen assets" of the "Cuban government." There is no such entity at present as a "Cuban government." There is only a criminal enterprise known as the Castro regime. It was prevented from accessing the assets of the Republic of Cuba in U.S. banks — that is, the assets of the Cuban people — for 49 years. But most of that money, protected from Castro for decades, is now gone nonetheless because U.S. courts decided, against all principles of international law, to award these assets to isolated American citizens. Cuban victims of Castro were excluded but U.S. citizens were allowed to sue and be compensated from the frozen (but thawing) assets of the Cuban people for the wrongful deaths of their relatives at Castro's hands. These funds could have been used as seed money to reconstruct Cuba or to settle Cuba's debt to the U.S. for the properties and businesses confiscated by Castro (the only "legacy"that Castro will leave to his people along with a $20 billion foreign debt). Instead, the Republic of Cuba's sole remaining liquid assets are being awarded in $200 million chunks to a select group of Castro's victims. This money is available only to U.S. citizens, a decided, indeed, infinitesimal minority, when compared to Cubans who have been victimized by Castro and are excluded from seeking compensation for their losses.
The latest recipients of this largesse is the family of Rafael del Pino, who happened to hold American citizenship at the time of his incarceration by Castro. Previous beneficiaries have included the family of an American pilot killed at the Bay of Pigs; the family of a CIA agent executed by Castro; the families of three of the four murdered "Brothers to the Rescue;" and the jilted wife of a Cuban spy, who was awarded $26 million for her "emotional suffering." Although we sympathize with the pain of all these families (even with the jilted wife) we cannot understand why they are being compensated when millions of actual living victims of Castro are not. That is comparable to excluding Jewish survivors of The Holocaust from compensation but compensating Hitler's non-Jewish victims.
The injustice of it is mind boggling. The daughter of the CIA pilot killed in the line of duty, who should have sued the U.S. government for abandoning him at the Bay of Pigs and not the Cuban people, has been compensated for his death but the actual living victims of the Bay of Pigs, who were also betrayed by the U.S. government and are now elderly and abandoned, are denied access to the hundreds of millions so lavishly bestowed on the American pilot's daughter. Three of the four murdered "Brothers to the Rescue" pilots were U.S. citizens, which was fortunate for their families, because they received hundreds of millions in compensation from the Cuban people's frozen assets. The fourth victim was not a U.S. citizen but a recent refugee so his survivors got nothing. We might add that the other 3 families offered the mother of Pablo Morales a few thousand dollars of the hundreds of millions which they received. Pablo's mother, a true heir of Mariana Grajales de Maceo, refused their shameful limosna (pittance). One of the compensated families has even used the money they were awarded to produce a documentary attacking not Castro but the "Brothers to the Rescue" organization!
Why didn't Castro's American victims sue Fidel instead of the Cuban people? His personal fortune (stolen from the Cuban people) is much larger than the frozen assets of the Cuban people. Because it is difficult to track down Castro's money and very easy to pillage the frozen assets of the Cuban people.
As I have asked previously: Should this money be dispersed in $100 million chunks to the descendents of isolated U.S. victims? Castro's Cuban victims — of which there are millions — have never received one cent of compensation for their suffering. Why, then, should all the monies available to a Free Cuba be expended in compensating the families of victims who happened to hold U.S. citizenship? Is an American life worth $200 million and a Cuban life nothing? Apparently, in the view of the U.S. courts and the American government.