22 thoughts on “A Friday Food for Thought”

  1. Fact and fiction. The exile community is divided. Part of that is spontaneous, the other part is because there are people actively trying to divide us. But we can overcome that stuff.

  2. You’re very right Henry,

    Unfortunately if you read the Cuban history books going back to the days Cubans fought for freedom from Spain you’ll come to realize that this is our main fault.

  3. Fact! The most ‘united’ period for the Cuban exile community was back in 1960-67. There was unity in ‘purpose’ back then, which was to liberate the Cuban people through, shall we say…(in the most enchanted ‘leftist’ terms)… ‘armed struggle’. Unfortunately, like our bretheren on the island, ever since then we have all been conditioned to only accept (and direct our energies) towards a ‘peaceful transition’, which is a policy that will condemn Cuba to another 50 years of hell.

  4. Divided. Even CANF has gone to crap. Very disheartening. But like you say, Henry, it can be overcome. How about another BUCL campaign soon?

  5. The community is indeed very divided and in watching yesterday’s events concerning George Moneo’s flag post develop in the blogosphere via Manuel Tellechea’s “Review of Cuban-American” blogs, it has become most apparent.

    Let’s take the blogosphere as one example. We are seeing a situation in which some folks simply need to be right at any cost, whether it’s by way of using a beloved symbol as a means to self promote – as was done on RCAB – or by way of simply attacking other blogs – if for no other reason, than, again, to self promote. It’s disheartening to say the least and I’m not going to become a part of it.

    I think we’ve all been guilty – at one time or another – of labeling people in negative terms simply because their views differ from our own. Lord knows I’ve done it. The bottom line is that most of us are fighting for the same goal, namely, the end of the Cuban dictatorship, the reinstatement of the Constitution of 1940 and the reunification – on the island – of the Cuban people.

    We have the common ground here folks, and I believe it’s high time we took advantage of that common ideology and came together for the better good. I didn’t like one bit, what I saw yesterday and I feel it speaks volumes as to why we’re still sitting here in exile 50 years after “night fell on Cuba” – to coin a phrase from Huber Matos.

    Yesterday’s events were a sign. I’m bowing out of these “blog feuds” – as one commenter put it yesterday. I see no benefit from it. Some day soon, we will actually all be in Havana, raising our glasses to the end of the regime and the dawn of a new age – and when that day comes, I’ll be more than happy to raise a toast with ALL of those who share the common goal of the Cuban people.

    Enjoy your weekends and keep your hope alive. The day is at hand – night never lasts forever.

    That’s all I’ve got to say.

  6. Not only is it divided, I think it is irreparably divided. The greatest legacy fidel can claim is this. He has used the Cuban propensity for wanting to be correct at all costs and used it to his advantage to divide groups, that despite their different approaches, should be united as one in the struggle against him and his regime. I have no illusions about the future. With the likes of demagogues and troublemakers who in recent days have attacked and insulted me (“You are an affront to Cuba”) for something that, at best, was a difference of opinion, Cuba has zero hope for the future.

  7. Folks,

    During the American Revolution only 1/3 of the colonists wanted their independence from England. From that 1/3 only those fighting in the militias were voluntary. Washington’s Continental Army GOT $$$$ for fighting. Those soldiers that didn’t get paid went home. Yet, our forefathers remained focused on obtaining America’s independence. They were the few but they were determined.

    As to the Cuban-American community, I don’t believe we are divided. We’ve always known who our enemies are. Those that claim we are divided have been saying so these past 49 years. Nothing has changed… They are the same people only older.

    As to the Cuban-American National Foundation (CANF) anyone worth a dam left it a long time ago. Jorge Mas Canosa knew what an opportunistic weasel he had for a son. That’s why he never let him be a part of the administrative board of directors while he was still alive.

    I wouldn’t worry very much about those that just recently have “come out of the closet.” We’ve had them pegged from the beginning.

  8. I think that like in any group there are a lot of well intentioned members of the exile community and there is a handful of selfish power seekers. In addition we as a community with many differing opinions on how to achieve the goal and sometimes we get lost in the arguing and lose sight – you know that forest/trees thing.

    I don’t think its a “division” thing.

  9. I see reliance on others (non-Cubans) and naive faith in the kindness of strangers as greater problems than internal division. We’ve essentially been alone since day 1, and we’ve had decades to figure this out, yet we’re still expecting others to do right by us and help us substantially. It’s incredible to me that this is still the case. It’s completely futile, not to say demeaning. If we’d realized nobody was getting us out of the hole but us, and acted accordingly, we’d have had a much better chance of getting somewhere. If nothing else, it would have been much more dignified than sitting around waiting, eternally, to get pears from elm trees (as the saying goes).

  10. As a non-Cuban who spends most of my time with Cuban exiles, I don’t think the community at heart is divided.There are a few bad apples, but I think what is really missing is leadership. Imagine if Dr. Biscet were free, do you doubt he would be able to inspire and unite? Also missing is the freedom to act. Cubans on the island and off have their hands tied. It is against the law for us to stage an attack on the regime, and I for one don’t see castro,inc. peacefully transitioning to democracy, ever, at least not in our lifetime. And something else to keep in mind. Someone I greatly respect told me that every exile group from day one has been infiltrated by castro agents, so why wouldn’t that also hold true of the blogosphere. As Marti said, and I parapharse, there are two kinds of men, those who love and build and those who hate and destroy.

  11. “Someone I greatly respect told me that every exile group from day one has been infiltrated by castro agents, so why wouldn’t that also hold true of the blogosphere.”

    I’ve often thought about just that. And I’m sure you and I aren’t the only ones.

  12. “We all know who the haters and destroyers are…”

    Not so much hater/destroyer as bat shit clinically insane.

  13. CubaWatch, perhaps by their fruits we shall know them, los infiltrados. “One blog come in the name of freedom, one blog come just to criticize. In the name of love, what more, in the name of love…?”

  14. Peter, you said, “Fact, we have too many Chiefs and no Indians,IMO” you’re exactly right, and I think make my point about the lack of leadership, I mean real leadership, a leader worthy of, and who possesses the skills necessary to unite and lead all the Cuban chiefs. The abundance of which, IMO bears testimony to the greatness of the Cuban people.

  15. As a sponsor of many Cuban refugee families here in NC Im seeing a change in attitude from the newer ones. They seem more interested in returning to Cuba and “showing off” than to work with the exiled political community. Wish I could say this is a minority but it’s not.

    Im not sure why this is the case, old timers say it’s the new breed and 50 years of communism.

    Exiles here for a number of years will argue amongst themselves about “points” of freedom, stratagies and the future. Their offspring get involved too…they tend to stay in small groups, not make much noise and just stay to themsleves. The newer ones are willing to lose a job here because they must go to Cuba for 21 days and take “gifts”. They could care less about CAMBIO.

    Ive tried to get them politically active but to no avail…any suggestions?

    One thing for certain is the Cuban community needs new vocal/visual leadership. NOW

  16. From a dictator’s point of view Cuban-exiles and Cuban Americans are divided. However, from a democratic (note small d (:>))Cubans outside Cuba are merely exercising their rights of free speech.

    One things are certain outside of the Island Cubans are no lemmings ready to follow some leader over a cliff. Re Grau “… y si sube un guanajo” chicken roost simply collapses “se va para el c…jo,” and the Siboney moon goddess Caraya will not welcome them with her warm body …

  17. ” En La Union Esta La Fuerza”
    “In Union there is strength”

    Why do we need 800 exile organizations ? sometimes membership is 2 , the husband is the president the wife is Vice president and secretary and treasurer, Jesus said, “no kingdom divided can subsist”.
    That has being our problem, first we spent 40 years brain washing ourselves in Spanish with 14 radio stations in Spanish, yet the message didn’t go any further than Miami, most anglos thought we were crazy when 100 thousand went out on calle ocho with signs in Spanish, they would ask what now ? what the hell are these cubans saying.
    Not one of our leaders said heck let’s have programs in english that can convey our plight, no one said let us have signs in English so that the whitehouse and the Congress and Senate understand where we stand.
    Thanks to blogs like these it has made a difference even around the World, Castro lies and we can say to the World , hey see it is all a lie.

    Yes, Too Many caciques(Chiefs) and none worth a feather.

  18. What century are we talking about? The Cuban exile community of 1848-1898 had more divisive issues, including slavery, annexation, autonomy, and independence. Somehow, they managed to survive and give Cuba its independence.

  19. What century are we talking about? The Cuban exile community of 1848-1898 had more divisive issues, including slavery, annexation, autonomy, and independence. Somehow, they managed to survive and give Cuba its independence.

    Posted by delacova at July 12, 2008 12:35 AM

    But Did we do it alone ? I don’t think so.
    did they do it by talking or by Weapons ?

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