I just finished what I thought was going to be an interview with Jamaican radio about Cuba and Obama. It turns out that I was one of TWO guests scheduled. The other guest was Hector Perla Ph.D. He’s a professor of Latin American and Latino Studies at UC Santa Cruz.
Among things stated by Perla without any basis in fact is that the regime is moderating under raul castro and that we should be optimistic about raul offering to “put everything on the table.” The professor contradicted himself though because he said that previously the regime had used the sovereignty argument to keep such issues off the table. But the truth is this latest rant by raul castro was no different:
“We are willing to discuss everything, human rights, freedom of press, political prisoners, everything, everything, everything they want to talk about, but as equals, without the smallest shadow cast on our sovereignty, and without the slightest violation of the Cuban people’s right to self-determination.”
So with this shield of “national sovereignty” the castro brothers continue to claim that it’s their right to murder and imprison Cuba’s citizens. And Dr. Perla thinks that’s reason for optimism.
But the real kicker was when were talking about political prisoners. I mentioned Dr. Biscet several times and I finally challenged Dr. Perla to come out and say that Cuba should release the political prisoners. His response was that the so-called political prisoners include 2 Salvadoran men who bombed Cuban hotels. I interjected that Dr. Biscet is an afro-Cuban physician and a pacifist who is recognized by Amnesty International as a prisoner of conscience and challenged him to say that Dr. Biscet should be released. He refused to say it, claiming that he was not familiar with Dr. Biscet. I explained to the hosts that he is the most important political prisoner in Cuba and a follower of Dr. King and Gandhi who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Bush and that any “expert” who doesn’t know who Biscet is, is no expert. Perla said he’s an expert on international relations not Cuban domestic policy. So again he dodged the question. I said simply to the hosts that he won’t say it because he can’t say it. He’s not allowed to say it.
When pressed by one of the hosts if the regime should make concessions to meet the U.S. halfway, he refused again. Saying it’s premature. So they booked this guy with all of the regime’s talking points. I said flatly at the end that his silence on such matters is telling.
Judge for yourselves people. At best this guy is a pinko apologist for a murdering communist dictatorship. At worst he’s another Cuban agent of influence in academia.