President Raul Castro should be ashamed. Instead, he is dismissive, asserting that Zapata's death was the fault, somehow, of the United States -- because in the Cuban government's view, all critics are proxies for U.S. subversion. Zapata was neither tortured nor executed, Castro reportedly said. "That happens at the Guantanamo base."
That's right, Mr. President, serious human rights abuses were committed against terrorism suspects held by the United States at the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba, and they were vociferously denounced by people in this country who felt betrayed and dishonored by our government. But who in Cuba will be allowed to protest Zapata's death? Who will be permitted to examine Cuban jails or challenge your assertion that torture does not take place there?