PINAR DEL RIO


support babalú


Your donations help fund
our continued operation

do you babalú?

what they’re saying


bestlatinosmall.jpg

quotes.gif

activism


ozt_bilingual


buclbanner

recommended reading





babalú features





recent comments


  • Gallardo: “…is bad news for an island trying to improve its economy” Sure, till this day there is no market economy...

  • Griffin: In addition to the high suicide rate and low birthrate, Cuba also has the highest abortion rate in the Western hemisphere. Add...

  • asombra: Cubans on the island procreate just fine. They just abort the consequences in record numbers. I will never forget, a few years...

  • asombra: As for Fidel, nice biceps, no? Sheesh. Talk about delusions of hotness.

  • asombra: Even if (repeat, IF) this clearly wet-behind-the-ears NON-CUBAN “Latino” person is writing in good faith (which is...

search babalu

babalú archives

frequent topics


elsewhere on the net



realclearworld

Latin America leaders in Cuba: ‘Abrazo si, dinero no’

This is my American Thinker post about all of this "love" between Latin American leaders and the Cuba dictatorship.  Don't take it at face value, specially Mexico and Cuba.

"My Cuban American friends are furious about Latin American leaders visiting Cuba and showing so much praise for the aging Fidel Castro..  (Check out the latest from Alberto De La Cruz at Babalu)

I agree with all of my friends in Miami, and Carlos Puig in Mexico, that this whole thing smells bad.

It's a shame to see a self proclaimed reformer, like President Pena-Nieto, shaking hands with the longest running dictatorship in Latin America. (I understand President Fernandez of Argentina, who wouldn't mind hiding in Cuba given the collapse of Argentina's economy.)

Also, dissidents were not allowed to come anywhere near the meetings and some were locked up during the events.

At the same time, don't overlook the real reason for the picture and the handshake.

Let me speak about Mexico, a country that I am very familiar with.

After college, I worked in Mexico for a US company for several years.   I was active in local chambers of commerce and had a chance to meet some business and political leaders.

We had chats about Cuba and Mexico very often.  I got hot many times but my Mexican hosts would always tell me to look behind the curtain.

They taught me this about Mexico and Cuba:  Do not take Mexican presidents very seriously when they shake hands or hug "el commandante," as President Lopez-Portillo used to say.

It's all a big farce intended to throw a few crumbs to the very powerful and loud Mexican left.

Over the last 20 years, Mexican presidents have made the left very unhappy.

First, there is NAFTA, an agreement that the left believes killed small Mexican businesses and filled stores with foreign goods.

Second, there is Plan Merida, a deal negotiated between President Bush and President Calderon to provide US arms to fight the cartel war.    (The left really hates this one)

Don't forget that President Pena-Nieto has just tackled two of the left's scared cows, energy reforms (PEMEX) and the teachers' union.

The left is furious with President Pena-Nieto and has every desire to destroy his presidency. They are staging rallies, causing traffic jams and so on.  Have you taken a flight to Mexico City lately?  Have you seen the street rallies?  Have you been tied in an endless traffic jam?

I am not justifying President Pena-Nieto's hypocrisy, or "reforma para todos menos Cuba."   (Reform for all except Cuba)

It makes me as angry as it makes you!

At the same time, he has to worry about Mexico not Cubans.  That's the blunt reality.

Fidel or Raul Castro got a handshake and a hug but NOT "the credit" that they desperately need.

That's the bottom line of President Pena-Nieto's visit:  "Un abrazo pero no un centavo"!  ("A hug but not one cent")

My guess is that Fidel would have preferred a line of credit rather than another Mexican president using him for domestic reasons. The Castro dictatorship needs "cash" not more Mexican lefties singing the praises of the revolution."

Let me repeat.  I hate this "hug" as much as you do.  However, I know that it's not real.  It is a cynical political step for Mexican domestic consumption.

Yes, "esa es la verdad".....

P.S. Follow my Tweets!.

1 comment to Latin America leaders in Cuba: ‘Abrazo si, dinero no’