Response to Paquito D’ Rivera
"Let's not help out the communists by sabotaging the person (Yoani Sanchez) who has done the most harm to them these past few years and today continues to hit them where it hurts." (Paquito 'D Rivera 3/12/13)
Say a serial ax-murderer has been running amock in your neighborhood for half a century. Almost superhuman guile on his part and almost superhuman gullibility and swinishness by those inside and outside of this neighborhood have allowed his long reign--along with much luck (JFK defeating Nixon in 1960.)
Say the handcuffs--and perhaps even the noose--seem to be finally closing in on the criminal.
Now say somebody from this neighborhood has finally captured the attention of some of those outside the neighborhood and alerted them to this criminal spree. Indeed the word is spreading rapidly. But this person claims this criminality simply consists of hub-cap theft. And that rather than handcuffs and a noose, this criminal would respond well to probation and counseling. In fact, she claims that even the threat of handcuffs and noose are "counterproductive" towards ending his criminality.
Is such a person doing this criminal "the most harm?" In fact, if you were that criminal and felt the handcuffs and noose closing in inexorably this time for sure--might you even help promote this person's campaign, knowing that if she prevailed in her admonitions to call off the handcuff and noose wielders, then you could probably slip genuine punishment and keep getting away with murder, as you have SO many times during close calls in the past?
And why must EVERY mention of Yoani Sanchez by a Cuba-exile start with something close to how Dorothy and her three friends addressed the Great and Powerful Oz?..
"Please!..Please!!! understand...I FULLY RESPECT and DEFEND with every fiber of my being, her right to say WHATEVER!...Really..REALLY I DO!!!"
Best I can tell, nobody--not even the most hard-line, not even Vigilia Mambisa--have ever called for curtailing her "right" to speak and write and opine. Some simply question her judgement calls during these writings and speakings and opinings.
Shake out of it, people! Loosen up!...such craven obsequience, flattery and banalities are the LAST thing Cubans were traditionally known for.
In fact there are thousands of Cubans and Cuban-exiles who abundantly merit such reverence. The longest suffering political prisoners--male and female, black and white--in the modern history of the human race defiantly suffered their tortures in Castro's jails and torture chambers.
But in my humble experience with some of them, they strongly reject such reverential treatment. They reserve it for the thousands of their compatriots and band of brothers and sisters who never made it out alive.