Friday, May 11, 2007

Here we go again

Remember that old story about how the Castro regime has generously offered several dozen university places to American medical students who are apparently too poor to pay for an education at home?

Well, it’s doing the rounds again.

This time, it’s a column in The Orlando Sentinel under the heading, “Cuba's offer to U.S. students should be a lesson for us all”.

It’s written by Tammy L Carter, who has just returned from a visit to Cuba, where she seems to have seriously misplaced that old journalistic ability to recognise when you are being fed a big pile of horse manure.

Ms Carter, who described her visit to Cuba as an “eye opener”, says the 90 American medical students on the island are really getting a “free” education, thanks to that great humanitarian, Fidel Castro.

No strings attached.

And the students just love it, according to one of those interviewed, a 26-year-old from Tallahassee identified as Amanda Haynes.

Sure, Amanda has some minor reservations about the fact that there is no running water all the time. And there are electricity blackouts. And the food is not what she’d eat at home. And accessing the Internet will cost her USD10 for five minutes.

But she is undeterred because, well, “you have to get used to how Cubans do things”.

As for those little extras like a free press and the freedom to access other people’s opinions and to be able to say whatever you want about the government you elected without the fear of being locked up ... she won’t have a bar of them because she knows that “with democracy comes greed, guns, drugs, focus on money”.

Get it? Democracy is bad.

"Here, we don't really watch TV,” Amanda says about her undemocratic life in Cuba. “We don't get much radio. The only music that we have is what we bring from home. It's a really peaceful vibe here. It's an isolation, but a good isolation. This is the simple life."

Ah, yes, the simple life.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I happen to have met someone in an airport once, who was in that Study in Cuba program. I'll tell you what, this person's parents were anything but poor. She had to travel back and forth with two body guards, who I'm sure were not doing voluntary work. Her entire suit case collection was LV, and she could have sat in place of any lighthouse beacon with the amount of diamonds she was wearing.

10:48 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reminds me of the Old Testament story of Esau, who was willing to trade his birthright for a plate of lentils.

Maybe this girl is just an opportunist who'll say whatever suits her interests even if she doesn't believe a word of it, but if this is a true reflection of her character, she won't be doing the medical profession any favors.

12:41 am  

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