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One person’s cowardice is another person’s courageousness

Capitol Hill Cubans on how Spain's foreign minister, Trinidad Jimenez, views Raul Castro's cowardice and brutality as a sign of courage.

What is Courageous?
Last week, Spain's Foreign Minister, Trinidad Jimenez, once again insisted that the European Union unilaterally lift its diplomatic sanctions against the Castro regime.

During a visit to Brazil, Jimenez not only reiterated Spain's plea to embrace Castro, but (absurdly) stated that Cuban dictator Raul Castro "has been courageous" in adopting certain economic "reforms."

Most observers (including President Obama) have seen right through Raul's farcical reforms.

But even if they were significant -- what is so "courageous" about it?

Courageous means not to be deterred by danger or pain.

Courageous are those Cubans that stand up -- at the risk of beatings, torture and imprisonment -- against the Castro regime's totalitarian control.

Courageous are the women that sustain physical violence and abuse from Castro's secret police for their peaceful pro-democracy activism.

Meanwhile, those that hide behind armed repressive forces to stay in power indefinitely -- and submit an entire population to misery due to their selfishness -- are nothing but ruthless cowards.

It's this type of twisted logic that showed Spain's socialist government the door during last week's local and regional elections -- and will do the same during next March's national elections.

4 comments to One person’s cowardice is another person’s courageousness

  • Rayarena

    I am so disgusted with Spain that there are no words to describe my feelings. In many ways, Spain reminds me of Mexico. The Mexicans are so obsessed with the Mexican-American War that their foreign policy vis-a-vis Cuba seems to be corrupted by these feelings of animosity towards the USA. By resisting the USA on the Cuba, they fulfill a sense of vengeance. I believe that in part, Spain's policy towards Cuba is also at least partly poisoned by "el desastre" as they call it: that is to say, the lost of their most important colony due to the War of 1898.

    Of course, they've also invested so much money in Cuba that at this point even if they had to dredge through the putrid and smelly muck, excrement and blood that is the Cuban tyranny, and even if they have to lose every ounce of dignity and credibility in doing so, they have no choice. Its either come out smelling like shit, or lose billions of dollars. They prefer to smell like shit.

  • asombra

    A lot of Spaniards are perfectly OK with smelling like shit, as long as it's Merde de Gauche. And you'd better believe 1898 is still a factor. If faced with the choice between sticking it to the US and helping Cuba, it's no contest.

  • asombra

    So tells us, Trini babe, does that mean Pinochet was courageous when he sent Chileans to learn FUNCTIONAL economics in the US so they could be applied in Chile, as they were, with the results that Chile is now economically WAY ahead of practically all of Latrine America? Do tell.

  • asombra

    Trini, of course, thought it was courageous for her party to admit that, maybe, perhaps, things are a tad screwed up in Spain and there could conceivably be some connection between that and who's been running the country for some years now. Of course, no guilt is implied, naturally, but, you know, bad luck happens to even the best people.