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Going Round and Round

OK, folks. Brace yourselves.

In an interesting and winding op-ed piece in the Miami Herald, Marifeli Perez-Stable tries to make her point on why the European Union's "Common Position" (CP) on Cuba should be eliminated. I won't bother with the back-and-forth arguments Perez-Stable lays out in trying to look at the issue from both sides (if that's at all possible from her standpoint). I will, however, point out her conclusion which even the most strident among us would have a very hard time arguing against:

Cuban leaders themselves are, of course, the problem. Neither sticks nor carrots works with them. If Spain fails to have the CP lifted or if it succeeds and Havana again turns down European economic cooperation, then they win once more. Screaming from the barricades is what they do best no matter how dearly it costs the Cuban people in freedom and treasure.

That, my friends, is the bottom line. Even if I have to hold my nose a little, Perez-Stable concludes her hard-to-follow piece with a large dose of reality.

1 comment to Going Round and Round

  • Robert,

    While I agree with your assessment that this quote is the reality - and ill be honest here: I didnt feel like wading through the rest of Marifeli's malodorous swamp of opinionating - there's a huge problem with her "interpretation."

    What Marifeli has trouble with grasping is that this isnt about who or what the "problem" is or who wins and who loses. This is about what is RIGHT and what is WRONG.

    We simply cant accept a post-modernist mentality about the reality of Cuba. It is the classic struggle of good versus evil and there arent any in betweens.