The following quote is the opening paragraph of a news article in the Washington Post written by Howard Schneider.
“Mojitos at Varadero Beach . . . fishing in the waters Hemingway immortalized . . . dinner and a show at the Tropicana: A long list of currently forbidden pleasures will become legal for Americans under pending legislation that would lift central provisions of the United States’ half-century embargo of Cuba.”
Forbidden pleasures in Cuba?
Really, how can anyone expect to have a reasonable discussion with someone who views an island ruled by a murderous dictator who has enslaved its entire population as a tourist destination replete with forbidden pleasures?
And we are supposed to be the unreasonable ones?
They call us intransigents and hardliners for exposing the atrocities that take place on a daily basis in Cuba. They tell us that we are all an angry and unreasonable bunch that have been blinded by our hatred. But since when is hatred of injustice and murder, of repression and imprisonment, of harassment and beatings, of starvation and neglect, of slavery and usurpation of one’s humanity, an unreasonable and unjustified emotion?
When did ignoring the suffering and enslavement of fellow human beings in order to enjoy an all-inclusive vacation become the reasonable thing to do?
Why does fighting for the rights of Cubans to enjoy the most basic of human rights make one an intransigent? When did ignoring oppression become reasonable, and exposing oppression unreasonable?
When did expressing the desire for Cubans to live in a free and democratic society, free of repression and slavery, become a hard-line position? And when did trading with slave masters and providing them the tools to continue their vile practice of subjugating and humiliating an entire nation become the prudent and rational course of action to take?
They say that we are the unreasonable ones. That our strong and unyielding opposition to tyranny has tainted our judgment. We can no longer be objective and we are not willing to accept anything less than freedom and justice for Cuba. There was a time, however, when standing up for humanity and defending the oppressed was considered noble and the right thing to do. There was a time when slavery and oppression was unacceptable.
Today all those things that were once noble and right earn you the label of intransigent hardliner. What was once the mark of brave and forthright men who fought for freedom and justice throughout history, is now a disgraceful trait and therefore those who exhibit such characteristics should be marginalized and silenced.
You can go ahead and try to marginalize us, and you can even try to silence us. But you should know that if a bearded monster with the blood of tens of thousands of innocent humans on his hands has never been able to do it, I seriously doubt you will.