Matthews: 'Why Do Cubans Still Support Castro Brothers?'

February 19th, 2008 6:15 PM

Chris Matthews on this afternoon's Hardball, speaking with Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.).
CHRIS MATTHEWS: Congressman Burton, why do you think Cubans on the island still support the Castro brothers? What is it that allows that lock on those people to continue?
DAN BURTON: I don't think they do support Castro, I don't think they supported Fidel or Raul. That is a Communist regime where they have block captains who watch everybody in each invidual block, and anybody that even speaks out against the government ends up in a gulag. Thousands and thousands of Cubans who want freedom and democracy have been in those Communist gulags for a long, long time, and many of them have been shot. Fidel Castro and Raul have even killed friends of theirs who they thought might want some positive change down there.
Would Chris Matthews have asked a Russian during the 1930s why people continue to support Stalin? Does Chris Matthews really need to have the facts of life in a brutal Communist dictatorship explained to him? Apparently yes.