REMEMBERING VICTIMS OF BROTHERS TO THE RESCUE SHOOTDOWN ON EIGHTH ANNIVERSARY -- (House of Representatives - February 24, 2004)
(Ms. ROS-LEHTINEN asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend her remarks.)
Ms. ROS-LEHTINEN. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the memory of Carlos Costa, Armando Alejandre, Mario de la Pena, and Pablo Morales, who, 8 years ago today, were murdered by the terrorist regime in Havana.
These four brave men, committed to the cause of freedom and democracy in Cuba, ventured out over international waters in search of those who risked it all to reach here, the United States, the land of liberty. But what they came face to face with was the evil, ruthless, and brutal nature of the Castro dictatorship in the form of MiG-29 fighter jets. Like vultures circling their prey, these MiGs closed in, and at 3:21 and 3:27 p.m. aimed their missiles and destroyed these two Brothers to the Rescue planes.
There would be no international outcry. Yet their deaths at the hands of the tyrant and his agents of terror would serve as a catalyst, a call to action, a new Grito de Baire, for Cuba's internal opposition.
I ask my colleagues to remember these fallen heroes, Carlos, Armando, Mario, and Pablo, and to pray for the enslaved people of Cuba.