Honor both the victim and the killer
In a somberly written response to the Herald's ombudsman's article a few days back, accused Castro spy Marifeli Perez-Stable laments the fact that elements within the Cuban exile community continue to judge her for her actions. She claims that she has seen the light and is no longer a shill for the murderous dictatorship in Cuba and therefore, the actions of her past and the decisions she made to aid, abet, and support a vile despot that has killed tens of thousands of her fellow Cubans should all be forgotten.
She has changed, she tells us. And the decisions she has made in her life and the actions she has taken should have absolutely no consequences. We should all forget her past and her present--as if it does not exist--and look only to the future. All Cubans, she implores us, should honor the innocent patriots who gave their lives for the freedom of Cuba as well as the despotic opportunists that lost their lives torturing and executing their fellow countrymen. Then, and only then, she explains, can there be true reconciliation.
No matter how heartfelt her plea for reconciliation among those in the Cuban exile community may seem to some, Ms. Perez-Stable cannot hide the fact that she is asking that the same honor be bestowed upon the killer as it is upon the victim. In her mind, the killers were acting in good conscience. They were following a "just cause," as she describes the violent enslavement of a nation and the execution of thousands of innocent men, women, and children. And because of this, these killers are not only worthy of our forgiveness, they are worthy of our honor also.
In reality, one cannot blame Ms. Perez-Stable for believing this is the right thing to do. If I was a Cuban that had betrayed my countrymen and directly or indirectly helped a vile dictator kill tens of thousands of my fellow Cubans, as she has admittedly done in the past and possibly continues to do so even now, I would want everyone to forget about it, too. Throw some honor into the deal and how can any guilty person refuse?