March 3, 2020

The coronavirus outbreak has suddenly been politicized in a way nobody saw coming. There are now 2,336 cases and 77 deaths from it in Iran. One of those deaths was of a close confidant to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and 23 of the new cases are among Iran’s Parliament members.

But the political ramifications aren’t limited to Iran. Shortly before the outbreak hit, Connecticut liberal Democrat Sen. Chris Murphy took it upon himself to thumb his nose at the Logan Act and hold a secret meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, apparently to undermine President Trump’s tough policy stance against Iran. It’s unclear if any other Democrats also held meetings with any Iranian officials at the same time.

Even though there’s a very low risk that Murphy was infected, he’s been schmoozing around Washington for weeks, and there’s a slight possibly he’s been spreading the infection. A number of people are demanding he be quarantined.

I don’t know if a quarantine is necessary to prevent Murphy from spreading the coronavirus, but locking him in his house for a while might at least keep him from illegally conducting foreign policy.

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  • Kathleen Famiglietti

    03/03/2020 07:29 PM

    Bernie Sanders praised Castro for educating the Cubans. Please read this especially about the indoctrination of communism in the education the children received and point it out to others - Hannity, Tucker Carlson, Mark Levin: A MUST READ FOR ANYONE WHO LIKES ANYTHING ABOUT CASTRO AND CUBA: never forget:

    ?The Secret Cold War Program That Airlifted Cuban Kids to the U.S.—Without Their Parents
    During Operation Peter Pan, over 14,000 children became exiles with the help of the United States.

    Erin Blakemore (Exerpts)

    …Eire is referring to the 14,000 unaccompanied children brought to the United States from Cuba during Operation Peter Pan, a covert program that helped school-age kids escape repression in Cuba. The program was designed to protect Cuban children whose parents were being targeted by Fidel Castro’s new regime—and to shield them from the Communist ideologies feared by the U.S. at the height of the Cold War.

    From 1960 to 1962, Cuban parents who had heard of the program took advantage of visa waivers to put their kids on flights to the United States. Some never saw their children again.
    … Eire and the other children of Operación Pedro Pan, as it was known in Cuba, were welcomed by the United States government. The program was a U.S.-sanctioned one—and the Eisenhower administration and private citizens who helped make it happen were motivated not just by the human rights of children who faced repression and political retaliation in Cuba, but by ideology.
    Though begun for the children of Cuban dissidents being targeted by the Castro regime, the program was eventually opened up to cover all Cuban children whose parents wanted them to leave the island. During the Cold War, many thought it was worth any price to rescue children from indoctrination into Communism—even if it meant sending them to the U.S. without any chaperones.
    Eire’s family thought so, too. The son of a judge, Eire grew up in wealth and privilege in Havana. But things changed in 1959, when Castro became Cuba’s dictator and Eire’s family found themselves in the crosshairs of the new regime. “We were under watch all the time,” says Eire.
    Suddenly, the idyllic Cuba of Eire’s childhood became a “hell” in which he was forced to praise Castro’s regime in school, limit his movements, adjust to life under surveillance and watch his family succumb to the effects of paranoia and stress. Under suspicion and worried their children might be sent to work camps in Soviet satellite states in retribution for their parents’ views, Eire’s parents decided to participate in a new visa waiver program, news of which circulated in whispers.
    It was the brainchild of Father Bryan O. Walsh, director of a Catholic charity in Miami. In 1960, he arranged foster care for a Cuban child named Pedro Martinez, an unaccompanied boy who had come to the United States as a refugee. Fearing both harassment of the children of Castro’s political enemies and Communist indoctrination of those kids by Castro’s regime, Walsh decided to help other Cuban minors sent to the United States by parents who felt threatened.
    The U.S. press cooperated with Walsh’s request to keep the program out of the news. Operation Peter Pan’s funding was a secret, and from the eyes of Cuban officials, it simply looked like Cuban parents arranging legal migration for their children in compliance with Cuban laws.
    Since Cubans and Americans alike expected Castro to be toppled from power soon, nobody anticipated that parents and children might be separated for years—or never see one another again. Though many children and parents were reunited within a few months, about 60 percent became the responsibility of the United States government. Some never reunited with their families at all.
    Once in the United States, the children who didn’t have relatives or friends to claim them—about 8,000 in all—were housed in temporary camps near Miami. Then they were put in foster homes and institutions all over the country under the auspices of the Cuban Children’s Program (CCP), which was run by Walsh and the Catholic Welfare Bureau.
    …But then disaster struck: The Cuban Missile Crisis erupted, bringing Cuba and the United States close to nuclear war. Suddenly his mother, who had a permit to follow her children to the U.S. in early November, 1962, was stuck in Cuba.
    Operation Peter Pan (Pedro Panes) ended with the Cuban Missile Crisis. All air traffic stopped between the two countries beginning in October 1962. The influx of Cuban children had been reported on locally in the United States, but details of the program were murky and few outside Florida realized it was happening. “The Communists are certain to call it child-smuggling,” wrote Gene Miller in a March 1962 article in the Miami Herald. “No one is telling exactly how it is done.” 

    Eire is now a professor of history and religious studies at Yale. His memoir Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy won a National Book Award in 2003. All of his books are banned in Cuba. Eire considers that—and the fact that he has been declared an enemy of the state there—as “the highest of all honors.”
    “Most Pedro Panes have come to terms with their parents’ desperate choice,” writes Maria L. Ruiz Scaperlanda for Franciscan Media. Eire certainly has. Sometimes, he says, being separated from family is preferable to staying in a totalitarian regime.
    “The overwhelming feeling I had which carried me through all the hard times was that life was so much better here without the Castro regime,” he says. “I didn't have anyone trying to steal my mind and my soul anymore.”
    Today, children who lived through Operation Peter Pan have created a national charitable organization and can connect with one another through a network that has registered nearly 2,000 Pedro Panes.
    “I was glad to go to the other side of the Cold War,” says Eire. Operation Peter Pan “was wonderful,” he says. “It allowed 14,000 kids to get out of hell.”

  • Gary Aiken

    03/03/2020 06:47 PM

    Curious? Are we hearing any news of this virus in Russia? I find it odd that we are hearing about so may other countries in close proximity to Russia but no news from them regarding this virus in their nation.