With only six months as EU president, Spain must come up with new and innovative ways to help their Cuban friends. At stake are the billions of dollars that Spain has invested in Cuba’s slavery based economy and Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and his Foreign Minister, Miguel Angel Moratinos, are not about to blow this opportunity to entrench themselves further as the number one foreign beneficiary of the Cuban dictatorship’s 11-million+ pool of slave labor.
In a press conference in Madrid yesterday with the EU’s top foreign policy official, Catherine Ashton, and Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim, Moratinos lamented how the EU’s 14-year-old Common Position on Cuba, which calls for democratic reforms on the island and respect for human rights as a condition for political dialogue between the EU and Cuba’s totalitarian regime, has not yielded satisfactory results. Instead, the Spanish government has proposed revising the EU’s position on Cuba and they have come up with a novel and ingenious plan to induce Cuba’s slave masters to cooperate: ask the murderers in Havana for a commitment to respect human rights.
Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos on Monday asked the Cuban government for a “commitment” to respect human rights as a stimulus to allow Madrid to be able to convince its European Union partners to soften the bloc’s stance toward the communist-ruled island.
I have to admit, this is a brilliant idea. Sure, for the past fifty years governments and individuals have asked the Cuban dictatorship for such a commitment to no avail, but Spain’s current request is a little different. They understand that a so-called commitment from the Cuban dictatorship is nothing more than words on a piece of official paper. The Spanish government is well aware that Castro, Inc. has no intentions of loosening its grip on power, but a “commitment” from the despots gives them that extra bit of leverage to push through their agenda in the EU and secure their investment in Cuba. To borrow a line from the movie Jerry Maguire, Spain is in essence asking the Cuban regime: “help me, help you.”
It has been over a century since Spain lost one of its most prized colonies, but they still believe that Cuba is nothing more than a resource to be exploited to its fullest.