|On the front
page of last week's East Hampton Star (April 14, 2001) was a story of East
Hampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman's and East Hampton Town Board
Member Diana Weir's trip to Playa, Cuba. The story states that Mr.
Schneiderman signed a "letter of intention" with a member of Cuba's version
of a state assembly. We at BONAC.COM think that Mr. Schneiderman's
actions were presumptuous at best and he and Ms. Weir should have sought
buy-in from other East Hampton Town organizations prior to committing our
town to a relationship with a foreign country whose government is based
on communist principles. As a review, communism is defined as:
A communist country is not a democracy. There is no freedom of speech, no freedom of religion, no freedom of the press or any type of individual freedoms Americans enjoy. Its' officials are not the freely elected voice of the people. They use, and have used, intimidation, extortion, torture and murder to further their misbegotten ideology not only on their political adversaries, but to any "citizen" voicing an opinion other than the "official position". Globally, millions have been killed. Mr. Schneiderman met with Edel E. Correa Mijares, Playa's Municipality Assembly of People's Power and other communist party officials. Mr. Mijares was not elected by the people. He has no constituents other than what he is told he has, and his "people" have no power.
We think that Mr. Schneiderman and Ms. Weir can take their vacations anywhere they want. However, diplomacy should be left to diplomats and foreign policy should be directed by the White House and State Department. Not by wannabe good-will ambassadors to a murderer (click here).
There are many
fledgeling democracies in the Caribbean basin. We think that relationships/sister
cities should be, and could be, developed there, rather than undermining
United States foreign policy in an unrewarding and certainly questionable
relationship with communist Cuba.
Barry W. Leach