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Saturday, August 16, 2008


Doctors, bullets, it's so hard to tell the difference

Doesn't this, from an article about Cuban doctors serving abroad, say it all about the opposition to Hugo Chavez in Venezuela?
"If it weren't for the Cubans, I don't know what I'd do," said Sosnelly Zarraga, a 23-year-old cosmetics saleswoman, who was waiting for a free blood test outside a diagnostic center in Petare, one of Caracas' poorest and most violence-ridden areas. "I'd have to pay a week's salary to get the same service."

That is precisely the kind of reaction that irks Milos Alcalay, a former Venezuelan ambassador to the United States and a critic of Chávez and of the Cuban presence in his country. "The gift'' of the Cuban help to Venezuelans, he said, can only be compared to a Trojan horse.

"Behind the facade of humanitarian help comes ideology," Alcalay said. "The fact that they are here is in itself political. These doctors have become Cuba's new soldiers, like the ones who went to Angola 30 years ago, but bullets no longer work. If Cuba were to send us soldiers, Venezuelans would recoil. But who is going to refuse a doctor?"
Yeah, that's so right. Saving lives, taking lives, why, it's practically the same thing.

Those Cubans, they're just so despicable with their life-saving doctors. Just look at what they accomplish:

Take the story of Sahlu Merine, who was 12 when he met Cuban doctors in the largest hospital in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital. Although he said he didn't need medical help from them, he has only warm feelings not only for the doctors but also for the government that sent them.

"I chose not to forget those who helped us," said Merine, the business manager of a private school in New York. "Healthcare is the most important human right. And when we needed them, the Cubans were there. It has colored the way I see Cubans and the way I think about their government and their country."
It doesn't get more reprehensible, does it?

Don't you wish you lived in a country which sent doctors into other countries and not soldiers? I know I do. And no, that doesn't mean I'm moving to Cuba. It means I'm going to keep working to change the country where I was born.

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