While exploring the possibilities that new Secretary of State John Kerry might make some headway in mending relations with Cuba’s murderous and brutally repressive dictatorship, “Cuba Expert” Anya Landau French lets the proverbial cat out of the bag by admitting, I imagine unwittingly, that the Castro dictatorship will not accept any relationship with the U.S. that threatens their hold on power:
“After so many decades and layers of what Cuba calls the U.S. blockade, Cubans are unwilling to have the terms of any ‘surrender’ dictated to them. In fact, they are bound and determined that there will be no surrender. They would argue, what is there to surrender but their government’s very existence, something the leadership obviously isn’t going to put on the table.”
Of course, this is not a surprise nor is it breaking news; everyone knows the Castro regime’s first priority is to maintain power. What makes this quote interesting is that Landau French has in effect admitted that any overtures made by the U.S. to the Cuban regime have to include guarantees that the Castro dictatorship and their totalitarian regime will not threatened.
In other words, what Ms. Landau French and others of her ilk are saying when they lobby and advocate for the normalization of relations with the Castro dictatorship is the hell with the Cuban people and their struggle for freedom and democracy.