Same old story, same old song and dance

Miami, Nov 28 (EFE).- Spain’s top official for relations with Latin America said she met here Wednesday with representatives of Miami’s powerful Cuban exile community to dispel “certain erroneous perceptions” about Madrid’s policy toward the communist-ruled island.
Trinidad Jimenez said she told the exiles about the efforts of the Spanish government to serve as a bridge between the Castro regime, the internal Cuban dissident movement and exile groups.
“I explained in detail how the Spanish government is working in its relations with Cuba to clarify certain erroneous perceptions that do not conform to reality,” she told Efe after the meetings.
One of the misperceptions, Jimenez said, is that Madrid does not maintain a fluid relationship with Cuba’s internal opposition.
“Spanish foreign policy with regard to Cuba includes the relationship with the internal dissident movement as the meetings held in Havana by (senior Spanish Foreign Ministry official) Bernardino Leon demonstrate,” Jimenez said.
Spain’s secretary of state for Ibero-America emphasized that Wednesday’s meetings were enormously fruitful because although some organizations have different points of view, “they understood the logic of the Spanish position.”
“We spoke frankly and it was understood, although some do not share (that point of view), that we’re working to influence the internal process in an honest and logical manner,” she added.
Those mistaken perceptions about Spanish policy toward Cuba arise partly because “there is a debate with a very strong ideological component that hampers dealing more calmly with the complexity of the Cuban matter,” she said.
“But it was very good that we exchanged points of view and that we were able to explain in depth the position of the Spanish government,” she said.
Some of the Cuban exile organizations in Miami have maintained a critical position toward the Spanish government’s dealings with Havana, contending that such a relationship helps to keep the communist Castro regime in power.

Conspicuously absent from this group of “Miami’s powerful Cuban exile community” was any member organizations of Unidad Cubana, which according to its leader, Armando Perez-Roura, was never informed, let alone invited to this meeting. Present, however, were several groups who consider dialog with a lying, repressive, and brutal regime as a viable option in the quest for liberty in Cuba.
Once again, Spain avoids any course of action that might jeopardize their extensive and sizable ongoing investments in communist Cuba. This ludicrous attempt at reconciliation is nothing more than empty words and obfuscation of Spain’s true goals: maximum profit regardless of the suffering of the Cuban people.
Five hundred years of exploitation does not appear to be sufficient for the Spanish government.

5 thoughts on “Same old story, same old song and dance”

  1. Honestly, I wonder why she bothered (meaning, why she was told to go through the motions by her boss). This lame and obvious attempt at damage control will convince absolutely nobody who wasn’t on board with Zapatero’s policies already (meaning, the usual suspects).
    Still, you gotta love this part:
    Those mistaken perceptions about Spanish policy toward Cuba arise partly because “there is a debate with a very strong ideological component that hampers dealing more calmly with the complexity of the Cuban matter,” she said.
    Translation (should anybody need one):
    “My Spanish colleagues and I understand the Cuban situation far better than Cubans themselves, especially those hysterical exiles in South Florida. We’re professionals, you see, whereas Cubans are just too emotional and basically stupid. Cubans should just take everything we say at face value, keep quiet, and leave it up to us to decidse what’s best for their country.”
    Man, I love these people.

  2. The only anti-dialogue group that was invited (To a private luncheon at the Spanish Consul’s residence) was CLC, Consejo por la Libertad de Cuba. Ninoska Perez-Castellon, Diego Suarez, Remedio Diaz-Oliver, Luis Zuñiga and other members. Ninoska let the Spaniards have it in her usual way…”How would you feel if any of us would go to Spain, build a hotel, and put up a sign that said “NO SPANIARDS ALLOWED”, or maybe DO BUSINESS AND PROFIT FROM PROPERTIES STOLEN FROM SPANISH CITIZENS?”
    Miss Trinidad Gimenez didn’t like that much. Se puso molesta. Really now…. TOUGH SH*T. B*TCH!
    You go Ninoska, al duro y sin guante!
    Of course, the other “Exile” groups brought their little surveys…”THE EXILE COMMUNITY HAS CHANGED”

  3. Jewbana, you go girl! Tell the truth, have you been taking lessons from Moneo? Ninoska is wonderful, she always says it like it is. The truth makes her strong and a great representative of those instransigent Miami Cubans, of which I consider myself a proud member!

  4. I know they wouldn’t care, but sometimes I wonder if these Spanish jerks realize just how condescending and patronizing they sound. It’s like they’re talking to wayward children or seriously primitive and backward people that can’t put 2 and 2 together. It’s like we’re too stupid to read the writing on the wall. Who the hell do they think they’re kidding?

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