“The entire world–from the European parliament to the Spanish government to the United Nations –knows that the reforms in Cuba are a fraud, that my father died at the hands of the Cuban government after many death threats from that government and that fundamental rights and freedoms are violated daily in Cuba….And yet most of these powerful international actors keep pretending. (Rosa Maria Paya Jan. 30 2014)
Imagine if you will…an “international human-rights community,” that made an international human-rights hero out of a terrorist who was found guilty (by an independent judiciary during a trial witnessed by dozens of international observers) of planting bombs in public places.
Imagine if you will…this same international community relentlessly battering (in verbal form) an finally strangling to death (in economic form) the segregationist regime responsible for this trial and the subsequent jailing of the convicted terrorist, among many others…
Now imagine if you will…this same “international human rights community” verbally-excusing and financially-succoring a Stalinist-segregationist regime that jailed and tortured political prisoners at over ten times the rate of the segregationist human-rights violator they demonized, anathemized and finally strangled to death economically…
According to Anti-Apartheid activists a grand total of 3,000 political prisoners passed through South Africa’s Robben Island prison in roughly 30 years under the Apartheid regime, (all after trials by an independent judiciary, in Mandela’s case with international observers cramming the courtroom) Usually about a thousand political-prisoners were held in South Africa’s jails. These were out of a South African population of 40 million.
Now according to the Human Rights group Freedom House a grand total of 500,000 political prisoners have passed through the Castro-regime’s various prisons and forced labor camps (many after “trials” modeled on Andrei Vishinsky’s, others with no trial whatsoever.) At one time in 1961, some 300,000 Cubans were jailed for political offenses (many in torture chambers and forced-labor camps designed by Lavrenti Beria’s disciples.) This was out of a Cuban population in 1960 of 6.4 million.
Imagine if you will…the disillusionment–nay, the shock and bewilderment of people like Rosa Maria Paya who while living in Stalinist Cuba perhaps harbored the impression that the same “international human-rights community” whose poster-boys her dad’s movement adopted and whose leaders they admired, might display at least a molecule of support for Cuban victims of Stalinism-Segregation…?
….Welcome to the Twilight Zone, Ms Paya.