“Reluctantly Accepts”

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.”

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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.

8 thoughts on ““Reluctantly Accepts””

  1. Not surprising. This from a country that erects a wall in Rio to keep its mostly minority population out of the city proper. If any right wing government ANYWHERE had done something like this there would be protests everywhere from the usual lefty crowds. Once again it is ideological fantasies over people.

  2. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights represents the first global expression of rights to which all human beings are entitled. All legitimate, MORAL and institutional governments should be consistent with the principles adopted in the UDHR, of which the main one is “the right to life, liberty and security of person, the right to an education, right to participate fully in cultural life, freedom from torture or cruel inhumane treatment or punishment, and freedom of thought, conscience and religion.”

    The last time I checked, Brazil is signatory of the UDHR. Lula da Silva is a hypocritical and INMORAL, asshole.

  3. Felix,

    Lula is a Commie (and enemy of the US) dressed as a Democratic leader (I never really liked him from the very beginning of his mandate). What is more dangerous from him is his close relationship with the Iranians demonstrated by the fact that he just refused to back Hillary in the push for sanctions against Iran.

    Lula has demonstrated his true red anti-American colors from quite sometime through his backing of Hugo Chavez, his involvement in the Honduras issue and now his outright support for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Iran nuclear program. His support for the Castro brothers was obvious for the very beginning and pale in comparison with the Iran issue which is far more dangerous to US interests in the Middle East.

    Lula has become quite a dangerous leader in the region because he has demonstrated with his actions that he’s not the democratic leader he proffesses to be while he’s at the helm of the most populous and powerful country in Latin-America.

    I wonder when the US government will start to hold him accountable for his irresponsible actions as it is about time. Even the Bush administration tried to have close relations with his government and I thought that was a mistake since in reality he’s no friend of the US.

  4. I heard Lula’s statement a couple days ago in Spanish, where they didn’t water down his specific words. I want to know why the Jerusalem Post didn’t translate Lula’s statement word for word. I’m offended by that watered down version, as if they’re trying to have the reading public sympathize with Lula rather than see him for the offensive despot he really is.

  5. What else can be said about one of Latin America’s supposed shining lights? At least the region still has principled leaders like Oscar Arias and Alvaro Uribe, otherwise the region would be a total lost cause, IMO.

    Almost as offensive but twice as laughable is Lula’s firm belief that more talks, not sanctions, are needed with Iran. Good luck President da Silva.

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