The Untouchable Yoani
What I find most interesting about conversations regarding Yoani (see the comment thread on Humberto's latest post) is that there are some people that believe she is untouchable and no one is allowed to criticize her or any of her positions. It appears that they believe Yoani's acts of dissidence, which are undoubtedly admirable and inspiring, somehow preclude her from any criticism and no one is allowed to question her premise. This really is quite ironic since free expression and questioning the status quo is the core value of her struggle. Nevertheless, since Yoani is perceived as a David slinging rocks at a Goliath, she has been seemingly draped in a cloak of infallibility and we are all obligated to accept every word she says and writes as the gospel.
History is filled with figures that have struggled against tyranny, but the mere fact that they stood up against oppression does not afford them infallibility. Nelson Mandela led a noble cause to end apartheid in South Africa, but accepting his important role in ending racist rule in his country does not mean we are forbidden from questioning his admiration of Fidel Castro. Certainly there are many who believe that figures like Mandela and Yoani have somehow earned sainthood and only other "saints" have the authority to question their motives. But fortunately, freedom of expression is a right all humans are born with, and just like Yoani has a right to express her views and criticize those she disagrees with, so do others have the same right to express their views and criticize her.
No one is untouchable, not even Yoani. And even though I tend to agree with her most of the time, I would be doing an injustice to her cause, the cause of freedom for Cuba, and the cause of freedom for all mankind if I were to impart upon her infallibility.
For more than half a century the Cuban dictatorship has forced everyone on the island to accept their words, deeds, and decisions as infallible, perfect, and unquestionable. To allow Yoani the same tyrannical luxury would be an insult to her courage and the courage of the tens of thousands of Cubans that never had the internet and celebrity status, but nonetheless struggled, suffered, and gave their lives in the fight to give every Cuban the ability to speak their mind--even if they did not agree with them.