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Ramiro on a hunger strike?

I received an email with the following piece written by Esteban Fernandez that is simply outstanding. In a sardonically humorous way, Fernandez does an excellent job of exposing the inverted and twisted logic currently being used by some whose intentions regarding Cuba have been, and still remain, quite questionable.

The original work is in Spanish (and available below the fold), but I did a quick translation so all our friends at Babalú can enjoy it.

RAMIRO ON A HUNGER STRIKE? © by Esteban Fernández

Let’s suppose: If Ramiro Valdés were to declare himself on a hunger strike, this is what would happen: El Nuevo Herald would announce that it has been 100 days since Ramiro has eaten or had any fluids because he is upset with Raul Castro and denounces the lack of respect for human rights in our country. In addition, he states that lately, unforgivable abuses have been committed against the Ladies in White. That was the last straw and he has reached the limits of his patience.

If any of us dare to criticize him, his defenders will jump up to challenge us, saying “We’re here living very comfortably with air conditioning and eating palomilla steak with french-fries in a Cuban restaurant while Ramirito is risking his life inside Cuba.”

No doubt, some will show up to tell us “You came over here fleeing while our compatriot Valdés stayed over there, never wanting to leave Cuba, and today he is risking his life to denounce the errors that Raul is committing.”

And others will tell us: “Just so you know and in case you didn’t, Ramirito was already at odds with Raul Castro since the Sierra. In that sense, he became anti-Castro before you…”

Madrid’s A.B.C. announces that a Vatican envoy has met with Ramiro and confirms the precarious situation in which he finds himself. Holding his hand was Eloy Gutierrez Menoyo who asked the Spanish government to intercede for the life of the Cuban dissident Valdés.

In a call to a radio station in Miami, Vladimiro Roca said “I am sure of the love my father, Blas, always felt for Ramiro, and I am convinced that he regrets some — but not all — of the errors he committed in the past.”

From Artemisa, Ramiro declares that “I do not intend, nor do I have a desire to leave Cuba. I am determined to continue regardless of the consequences and if necessary, die in this effort.” Mr. Carlos Saladrigas writes an editorial for Diario Las Américas filled with praises dedicated to the personal valor of this patriot who within Cuba disagrees with the methods utilized by Raul Castro. And he urges all Cubans in exile to support him and to resolutely “empower” him.

In an interview conducted by Maria Elvira Salazar, Hugo Cancio announces that he has received news that Ramiro Valdés is an excellent conga player and he is also quite good at singing love songs. He states that he is in the process of bringing him to the United States on a music tour and that he is very optimistic that Eric Holder from the State Department of this country will grant him a visa like they have done with other musicians that represent the regime.

As we have come to learn, there are 74 generals that have asked the Cuban leader to begin intravenously feeding him arroz con pollo. Ramiro has vehemently rejected the offer, unless they add some Polar beer to the IV.

I thought of writing a few excoriating lines for all the atrocities committed by this sinister character, but various people advised me: “My friend, you’re in California in absolute liberty. It’s easy to criticize from far away while Ramiro is in the bowels of the beast risking his life. Remember that we are one people.”

And some others told me: “Brother, forget about war, or battles waged from 8 street in Miami, the solution here is for people from the regime to pacifically and peacefully start turning against it little by little. In fact, what you should do is send him some cash via Western Union to help him survive during his struggle. Send the cash to the Interior Ministry and General Abelardo Colomé Ibarra will make sure he gets it.”

¿RAMIRO EN HUELGA DE HAMBRE? © por Esteban Fernández

Vamos a suponer: Si Ramiro Valdés se declarara en huelga de hambre esto es lo que sucedería: El Nuevo Herald anuncia que hace 100 días Ramiro no come ni toma agua porque está molesto con Raúl Castro y denuncia que en nuestro país no se respetan los derechos humanos. Es más, sostiene que se han cometido abusos imperdonables con las Damas de Blanco últimamente. Esa fue la gota que colmó el vaso de su paciencia.

A los que nos atrevamos a criticarlo salen sus defensores a echarnos en cara que “Nosotros estamos aquí muy cómodos, con aire acondicionado y comiendo bisté de palomilla con papas fritas en un restaurante cubano, mientras Ramirito se está jugando la vida dentro de Cuba”...

Siempre saldrá quien nos diga: “Tú saliste para acá huyendo mientras el compatriota Valdés se quedó allí, nunca quiso salir de Cuba, y hoy se arriesga denunciando los errores que está cometiendo Raúl”...

Y otros nos dirán: “Para que tu sepas, por si no lo sabes, que Ramirito desde la Sierra ya estaba enemistado con Raúl Castro. En ese sentido es anticastrista antes que tú”...

La A.B.C. de Madrid anuncia que un enviado del Vaticano se reunió con Ramiro y da fe de la precaria situación en que se encuentra, aguantándole la mano se encontraba Eloy Gutiérrez Menoyo, quien pidió al gobierno de España que intercediera por la vida del disidente Valdés.

En una llamada a una estación de radio de Miami, Vladimiro Roca dijo que “Le consta el cariño que su padre, Blas, siempre sintió por Ramiro, y que está convencido de que se encuentra arrepentido de algunos -no todos- de los errores cometidos por él en el pasado”.

Desde Artemisa, Ramiro declara que “No intenta, ni desea salir de Cuba, que está dispuesto a llegar hasta las últimas consecuencias, y si es necesario morir en este empeño”. El señor Carlos Saladrigas escribe una nota para el Diario Las Américas llena de elogios dedicados al valor personal de este compatriota que dentro del territorio cubano discrepa de los métodos utilizados por Raúl Castro. Y nos insta a los cubanos en el destierro a apoyarlo y “empoderarlo” decididamente.

En una entrevista hecha por María Elvira Salazar a Hugo Cancio este anuncia que le han comunicado que Ramiro Valdés toca excelentemente la tumbadora y que se defiende muy bien cantando boleros. Informa que él está haciendo gestiones para traerlo a los Estados Unidos en una gira, y que se encuentra muy optimista en que Eric Holder del Departamento de Estado de este país le conceda una visa como ha hecho con otros músicos que representan al régimen.

Según nos enteramos hay 74 Generales que le han pedido al Cundango en Jefe que le pongan un suero de arroz con pollo. Ramiro se negó rotundamente a no ser que le echen un poquito de cerveza Polar.

Yo pensé en escribir unas líneas echándole con el rayo por todas las atrocidades cometidas por este siniestro personaje, pero varias personas me aconsejaron: “Chico, tu estás en California en plena libertad. Es muy fácil criticar de lejos mientras Ramiro está dentro de las entrañas del monstruo jugándose el pellejo. Acuérdate que nosotros somos un solo pueblo”.

Y otros me dijeron: “Compadre, olvídate de guerra ni de combates dirigidos desde la calle 8 de Miami, aquí la solución es que pacíficamente, tranquilamente, gente del régimen como Ramiro, se vayan revirando poco a poco. Es más, lo que debes hacer es enviarle algún dinero por la Western Union para que pueda subsistir en su lucha. Mándaselo a la dirección del Ministerio del Interior y el General Abelardo Colomé Ibarra se ocupará de entregarle el dinero”.

H/T Humberto el cirujano

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