Brazilian president Lula da Silva says he “reluctantly accepts” the jailing of dissidents in Cuba because–after all–everyone in Cuba is subject to the dictatorship’s so-called “judicial system.” According to Lula, the logic behind his astounding and contemptible statement is that he would not want Cuba telling Brazil how they should run their judicial system.
Touching on another sensitive issue, Silva said he reluctantly accepts the decisions of Cuba’s judicial system in jailing dissidents who have subsequently gone on hunger strikes.
“We have to respect the determinations of Cuba’s judiciary and government in detaining people under Cuban legislation, as I would want them to respect Brazil’s,” he said.
Guillermo Farinas has been on a hunger strike since Feb. 24 to demand the release of ailing Cuban political detainees. Dissident Orlando Zapata died in February amid a prolonged hunger strike, while Silva was in Havana visiting President Raul Castro.
“I wish that (the detention of political prisoners) did not happen, but I cannot question the reasons why Cuba detained them, just as I wouldn’t want Cuba to question why there are prisoners in Brazil,” he said.
Silva himself carried out a hunger strike against Brazil’s 1964-1985 dictatorship, an action he now calls “insanity.”
I must say that it is quite big of Lula to look beyond the half-century of murders, imprisonments, and tortures committed against the Cuban people by a self-appointed dictator and afford the slave masters in Havana the benefit of the doubt. After observing President da Silva’s deference and respect for the laws of another country, I wonder if he felt the same way about Pinochet’s Chile, or Botha’s South Africa, or Pol Pot’s Cambodia, or even Hitler’s Germany.
We don’t even have to go that far back in history: I wonder if da Silva felt the same way about Honduras.
Oops, it seems he made an exception to his own vow to respect a sovereign nation’s rule of law and judicial system when it came to Honduras. Hypocrisy goes by many names, and one of them is obviously Lula da Silva.
The blame for Cuba’s half-century of misery and death does not fall only on the hands of Fidel Castro, his followers in Cuba, and the soulless opportunists in Cuba who are more interested in gaming the system than helping their fellow Cubans. Blame also falls on the countless foreign leaders and dignitaries who over the past five decades have “reluctantly accepted” the subjugation and murderous oppression of the Cuban people.
The blood of Cuban patriots is on many hands and not just their oppressors. Their blood is also on the hands of foreign enablers who not only accepted the vile atrocities committed in Cuba, but also provided cover and assistance for the Cuban dictatorship.
The enslavement of Cuba cannot and will not last forever. And I can promise you, President da Silva, and the rest of the foreign dignitaries that share your respect for the Castro tyranny, that the Cuban people will not be as willing to “reluctantly accept” the role you and your cohorts played in lengthening the misery and repression of Cuba.