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All Cuba politics are local...including in Ireland

The long arm of Cuban politics reached across the ocean this week to Galway, Ireland, where the city council is considering a monument to Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara.

Please reconsider, said Miami's Cuban-American lawmakers in Congress, including Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Miami, the chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

"The romanticizing image that this monument would portray would serve to diminish the brutality that was committed by Che and the painful suffering endured by many Cuban-American families and his other victims far and wide," she said. "Che Guevara was a ruthless killer who should not be idealized.  Instead of honoring a killer, the City Council of Galway should honor the victims of Che and the Castro dictatorship by rejecting this proposal."

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Miami, called Guevara a "merciless executioner who reveled in the murder of men, women and children in cold blood."

"Galway is a city where people have the right to vote, the right to worship freely, the right to speak freely, and access a free press -- all of which "Che" Guevara and his murderous associate, dictator Fidel Castro, ruthlessly suppressed," Diaz-Balart said. "Having a memorial to this cruel assassin is a shameful affront to the thousands of Cubans he murdered and utterly ignores the truth of who "Che" Guevara actually was."

The Irish Times reported this week that the proposal has the full support of Galway's city council, and is currently before a public arts subcommittee. The Cuban and Argentinian embassies will pay for the project, the Times reported.

"It's not going to cost a red cent to the taxpayers of Galway city or the nation," Galway City Councillor Billy Cameron told another Irish newspaper.

Guevara's grandmother, Ana Lynch y Ortiz, was descended from one of the Lynch family of Galway who emigrated to Argentina in the mid-18th century, the Times reported. Guevara reported mentioned his grandmother's Irish roots during a stopover in Shannon in 1965.

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Rick Viera

i wonder if Hitler had any Galway ancestors? The Galway Council should research this as a memorial statue to Adolf might be appropriate...

JY

Che ordered hundreds of humans to face firing squads execution with sham trials. He's no hero.

The people of Galway should be ashamed that they show such an obvious lack of knowledge about Cuban history.

All they care is that they don't have to pay for this tremendous insult.

They are fools who have been duped. Too bad for them as we know better.

david

I feel very sorry for them. Can't they see what Che did? The people of Galaway need to take a step back and see what is really going on.

Chagrined

An insidious Cuban ingrate, Lincoln Diaz-Balart stated on NPR some time ago that there would be a yearly $500 billion dollar business for Cuba if “we” were to let U.S. tourists go there. The American people should not tolerate insidious ingrates from Cuba telling us where we can and cannot go. Senator Rubio misrepresented the fact about when and why his people immigrated to America. In fact, he has been very disingenuous in conjunction with many of his comments to the point that one can only assume he is a pathological liar. The questions is not why did they come to America, but why did we allow them to come to America. They have trashed our country, our Hallowed Halls of Congress, they have trashed our values and our credibility. It would be a far, far better thing for America if you Cubans had become lunch for sharks!

Cuban immigrants, Lincoln Diaz-Balart and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen have done a great injustice to the people of Cuba who could have a better quality of live if they had not prevented it. They were fortunate enough to immigrate to America to enjoy the freedoms for which we sacrificed, but they have worked their Cuban hearts out to make sure the people in Cuba don't enjoy access to just the basic. They feel superior, but they are inferior to the people living in Cuba. They have betrayed the people of Cuba and have used America to advance their pernicious cause and America is profoundly ashamed for allowing this un-American behavior. They are a disgrace to my country and to Cuba! Obviously, America has become home to the undesirable Cubans while the more desirable still live in Cuba. Castro is a very savvy person. He inflicted the worst of Cuba on America - Diaz-Balart and Ros-Lehtinen along with so many other Cubans who are an insult to our Democracy! Ros-Lehtinen has worked her Cuban heart out for Israel. It is profoundly embarrassing to watch her subservient shilling for Israel as 'support for Israel' is a stated reason for the assault on 9-11. As a member of Congress, she is responsible for helping Israel murder many Palestinians and she has diverted money allocated for the Palestinians to go to Israel. Cubans have no shame! At long last, Cubans have no decency!

Ros-Lehtinen and Lincoln Diaz-Balart make Che Guevara look like a choir boy! They are the corrupt ones responsible for so much harm to the Palestinians and to the people in Cuba. These insidious Cubans have no shame. At long last, they have no decency!

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