…then you soon will be.
Im in a bad mood today. Dont know why, really, as I had a great weekend. But today I just woke up on the wrong side of bed and, well, let’s just say that I’m more than a bit “cranky.” So, ignoring prudence, Im going to take this opportunity to blow some steam. If you dont like rants, I suggest the “Back” button on your browser.
Robert posted the letter from Miriam Leiva on Saturday and it has garnered quite an interesting back and forth as well as a few arguments. Now, I appreciate Leiva’s work and have always supported or tried to support all dissidents working for change in Cuba. I respect the work Mrs. Leiva and her husband and fellow dissidents do in Cuba. They are the very few with enough balls to do what they believe is right. I admire their strength and their determination to stay true to their convictions, despite what could be dreadful consequences for themsleves and their families.
That said, Im going to paraphrase what I think her letter basically states:
“Dear US government and citizens, whether of Cuban descent or not,
Shut up and bring money.
You might be thinking Ive gone off the deep end. But read the letter again. Go ahead, ill wait.
You all can rake me over the coals over this, as Im sure I will be, but with all due respect to Mrs. Leiva, is there any other country on the face of the Earth that despite the public condemnation and political ramifications, actually does something to help free the Cuban people? Please name one.
Also, what happened to all those Euros and Canadian dollars that have been brought to Cuba by tourists? And what about all the contact between they and the Cuban people? Canadians hold elections, dont they? As do Spanish, Italian, German, British and other Europeans that have been visiting Cuba for decades. So what gives? Why no changes in Cuba with their tourism and money? Why is the “American tourist” the cure and not their European counterparts?
I’m sorry, but I must respectfully call bullshit on this. If, as Mrs. Leiva states, the CAFC II, is yet another move by the US that the castro regime will point to as obvious justification for its “efforts to justify the systematic violation of human rights, bad management, misery suffered by the people and imprisonment of the ”mercenaries’, then it is just that: OBVIOUS. It is only those with an agenda against the freedom of the Cuban people who would and do point to the CAFC II as an act of aggression or the culprit of Cuba’s woes.
The title of Mrs. Leiva’s letter is “We Cubans must decide.” I couldnt agree more. Someone please let me know when there’s enough Cubans with balls on the island to do just that.