Quote of the day
Roberto Veiga, the editor of Espacio Laical, a magazine published by Cuba's Catholic Church, on how important it is to include the brutal and corrupt Castro military forces in the process of reforms taking place on the island (via Penúltimos Días - my translation):
"It becomes obligatory to accept that the great economic power of the FAR (Revolutionary Armed Forces) might stand against an equilibrium between the power of the military and the power of the people, between military power and the sovereignty of the citizens. Nevertheless, it is also essential to realize that if the institution has achieved cohesion and institutionalism, professionalism and autonomy, it has been for the most part thanks to its economic viability. To deprive it of this ability in our immediate and distant future would be to place these capabilities at the mercy of private interests and even prejudices, stripping from them the possibility of playing the role of final guarantor on the essential road to national reform we are all obligated to travel."