Armando de Armas provides our thought for the day in an excerpt from a piece titled What Every Cuban Should Know About the Embargo Before They Opine with their Stomachs.
The Cuban exile community is attacked for supporting a hardline policy against Cuba. The attack is made using a manipulation of language that seeks to make Cuba and Castro one in the same. Right there, with just a stroke of the pen, the assailant is confused with the victim. They try to convince us that any harm done to the assailant is harm done to the victim. They also say that with Castro, we have to be respectful and moderate, that we cannot offend or lash out at him even with a rose petal. If we do, he will get very angry and — get this — he will entrench himself and increase the repression on the people. As if he has not been entrenched and has been repressive since the very beginning. As if he was this poor misunderstood fellow who we must keep happy at all costs. A person who is not responsible for any crime, but who is the victim of others who are guilty of mounting resistance and impeding him from enjoying impunity.