“We have achieved our objectives,” the Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos said after meeting with Cuban dictator Raul Castro yesterday. As far as the Spanish dignitary is concerned, relations between Cuba and Spain are now “normalized” after he proclaimed that “thanks to a new political reality between Cuba and Spain, we have the chance to support and foster efforts at cooperation.”
That political reality, however, does not include the tens of thousands of political prisoners in Cuba and neither does it include the brutal repression of the Cuban people by the totalitarian regime that has been in power for the past half century.
Moratinos passed on a chance to visit dissidents, political activists, independent Cuban journalists or members of Havana-based human rights organizations, a break with the past when Spanish leaders often held such meetings and enraged the Cuban government.
Critics back home claimed he had stayed away for fear of angering President Castro — and that he had little to show for the effort. But that was before the sit-down with the Cuban head of state, which had not been announced beforehand by either side.
Of his decision to skip talks with the dissidents, Moratinos said he had “not come to Cuba to meet with any particular segment of Cuban society.”
At least Moratinos was being honest when he said he did not come to Cuba to meet with any particular segment of Cuban society. He came to Cuba to meet only with those that have the power over Cuban society. The rest of Cuba is of little concern to the minister since they can do nothing to enrich his nation.
Here we have a perfect example of how effective a policy of engagement with the murderous Cuban dictatorship really is.