Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Bush Misquotes and Manipulates Castro's Words on Prostitution
President Bush, in cynically charging Cuba with promoting "sex tourism," misquoted and took out of context a quote from Fidel Castro made in 1992.  Bush said: "The dictator welcomes sex tourism. Here's how he bragged about the industry." "This is his quote: 'Cuba has the cleanest and most educated prostitutes in the world.' "
The actual quote was "There are no women forced to sell themselves to a man, to a foreigner, to a tourist. Those who do so do it on their own, voluntarily.... We can say that they are highly educated hookers and quite healthy, because we are the country with the lowest number of AIDS cases."
Apparently, the quote was taken from an online undergraduate research paper, that itself was not properly referenced or fotnoted. Researcher Says Student whose paper on Castro was used in a speech is 'annoyed.' He says the president misconstrued the Cuban leader's stance.
Bad enough for an undergraduate not to footnote, but for the State Department (who provided the quote) and President to not only get it wrong, but totally turn the meaning around to promote a anti-Cuba agenda is the lowest... though Cuba watchers have seen this a thousand times.


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