Thinking about Oscar Biscet

Tomorrow President Bush will award the Medal of Freedom to eight men and women of widely varying merits. By far the most surprising recipient is the Cuban dissident Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet, whom Jeff Jacoby dubs “A hero in Cuba’s gulag.” The Boston Globe runs Jacoby’s column with the photograph above, depicting a solitary cell of the kind in which Biscet is incarcerated.
Jay Nordlinger has been writing about Biscet for several years. He writes:

He is one of the bravest and most inspired of the Cuban political prisoners. He is a physician, an


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