The White House today announced the eight recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. Among them, Cuban political prisoner Dr. Oscar Biscet.
The White House said of Biscet:
Oscar Elias Biscet is a champion in the fight against tyranny and oppression. Despite being persecuted and imprisoned for his beliefs, he continues to advocate for a free Cuba in which the rights of all people are respected.
This is the perfect tribute for one of the heroes of the ongoing struggle for freedom, democracy and human rights in Cuba, again reinforcing where the United States stands in that fight. President Bush should be commended for capping off his recent statements about Cuba, with this announcement.
The other recipients deserve recognition, as well, but they are forgiven if they feel unworthy of being honored alongside Dr. Biscet.
Of course, Biscet's chair will be empty when President Bush presents the medals Nov. 5.
Which will say all you need to do about Oscar Biscet, and his Cuba.