Once again, Cubans, as they are wont to do, are getting involved in issues they know nothing about: in particular, Cuba. Instead of leaving such lofty matters to the professionals, such as non-Cuban journalists and “Cuba Experts,” Cubans have a nasty habit of opining and offering views on the topic of Cuba. And not only do Cubans speak of things they are woefully ignorant about, they are not even smart enough to parrot the propaganda manufactured by the Castro dictatorship and generously provided to them by the “Cuba Experts.”
It seems Cubans will never be able to escape hardline intransigence, especially the one made in Cuba.
The latest example of this comes from Cuba’s Ladies in White leader, Berta Soler, who is no “Cuba Expert.” All she has done is lead a group of courageous women in Cuba who face daily beatings and imprisonment in their peaceful quest for the respect of human rights and the release of political prisoners.
What the hell does she know about Cuba?
Ladies in White leader wants U.S. to maintain hard-line on Cuba
The leader of Cuba’s dissident Ladies in White, Berta Soler, Monday called for maintaining the U.S. trade embargo and limiting travel to the island until the Raúl Castro government respects human rights.
Castro’s economic and migration reforms are merely “cosmetic,” Soler added during a lengthy visit with reporters and editors from The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald.
Soler acknowledged that her hard-line views differ from those of other government critics such as blogger Yoani Sánchez, who opposes the embargo and favors more U.S. travel.
But all dissidents agree that the Castro system must end, she added.
Wearing the traditional white clothes that the Ladies in White use during their protests, the 49-year-old microbiology lab technician called for “harsh treatment” of the Castro regime, including maintaining the half-century old U.S. embargo “to take away the Cuban government’s oxygen.”
While Cuban-American visitors deliver some cash and other benefits to their relatives on the island, Soler argued that other U.S. visitors spend most of their money on state-owned hotels and tourist facilities. The embargo prohibits tourist travel to Cuba, but U.S. citizens are allowed to make people-to-people trips, which are supposed to increase the opportunity to interact with everyday Cubans.
“That money arrives clean at the Cuban government,” she said, adding that for island officials international tourism is the industry “that lays the golden eggs.”
Soler also dismissed Castro’s economic reforms as “nothing more than cosmetic.” She called the changes in the immigration system — credited with allowing her and half a dozen other dissidents to travel abroad for the first time in years — “the same dog with a different collar.”
Although the government removed the requirement for the much hated “exit permit” in January, she added, authorities can still deny passport applications or put “no travel” flags on the official records of any Cuban.
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