The Castro dictatorship is guilty of many crimes against the Cuban people, and with a track record more than 50 years long, it is risky to say which has been the worst.
However, what happened at a Havana mental hospital this week has to be among its gravest sins.
The unofficial Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation is reporting that more than 20 patients died of hypothermia after the island was hit by extreme cold temperatures earlier this week.
Commission leader Elizardo Sanchez said the Castro regime is guilty of "criminal negligence," as the patients, most of whom were older, did not have the clothes, blankets, etc. they needed to protect themselves from the cold. The regime also has failed to accept help from the International Red Cross and other non-governmental groups that might have helped prevents the deaths, Sanchez said.
Sanchez, who said the patients died late Monday and early Tuesday, said it was the highest number of preventable deaths in a hospital in the history of Cuba. Temperatures that night dropped to 38 degrees F (3.7 degrees C)
The government is covering up the tragedy by not revealing it to the public, Sanchez said.
Even more appalling, the dictatorship had the gall to brag about the aid it is sending to Haiti. If only it showed half as much regard for the Cuban people as it does for garnering PR points for its bogus foreign assistance efforts, which are designed only to benefit the regime.
It is not like the cold snap was like an earthquake, a disaster that could not be protected. The Cuban government had to know there was a chance that the unseasonable cold that moved down the Florida peninsula over the weekend would cross the straits and hit Cuba.
The government could have and should have provided the necessary warnings, and provided the help that its most vulnerable citizens needed to protect themselves.
Of course, that presumes the Castro dictatorship has any affinity for the Cuban people, which 51 years of one crime after the others has shown, it does not.
UPDATED - Cuban government confirms 26 deaths at the hospital, but says the weather wasn't the only reason.
Officials say they have started an investigation that could lead to a criminal prosecution.