Forbidden love affairs rarely end well, and most end tragically when one of the lovers grows weary of hiding their affections. Few people are cut out for a long term relationship hidden in the shadows, and there comes a point where either consciously or subconsciously they begin to flaunt the relationship in public out of unbridled love and out of unbearable frustration. Such is the case with some Castro lovers here in the U.S. who have eschewed all manner of discretion and are now openly embracing the Castro dictatorship.
In “Cuba Expert” Anya Landau French’s blog, Havana Note, there is a post regarding the Alan Gross trial entitled “A Road Map to Solve the Alan Gross Case” written by Lawrence Wilkerson and one of Castro’s longstanding forbidden lovers, Arturo Lopez-Levy. In this post, any attempt at romantic discretion has been thrown to the wayside as these two Castro apologists have decided to make their love affair with the bearded dictator public by practically quoting the regime verbatim:
The trial in Cuba against USAID subcontractor Alan Gross, which will begin on March 4, presents an opportunity for the Cuban government to both demonstrate the legitimate basis for nationalist defense against U.S. interventionist policy and its good will towards the millions of potential American travelers to Cuba.
By the end of the trial, it should be clear that U.S. travelers to Cuba have nothing to fear if they keep a healthy distance from regime change programs and that Washington and Havana would both gain from dismantling hostile attitudes.
The trial serves three Cuban government purposes:
(1) It will mobilize the nationalist sentiments of the Cuban people to denounce foreign interference in Cuba’s internal affairs. The trial must clarify whether Gross informed the leaders of the Jewish community in Cuba of his link to the USAID Cuba program sponsored under the auspices of the Helms-Burton Act. If not, this will expose a design flaw of a semi-covert subversive program in which the USAID placed Cubans at risk of long prison sentences without their informed consent, thus violating basic standards of international development assistance. By now it is evident that the Bush Administration, which conceived the project, was not interested in promoting Cuban civil society, but rather in using religious solidarity as a political weapon.
(2) It will set an example and deter other Cubans, Americans, and nationals of third countries from participating in regime change programs under the Helms-Burton Act. No one after Alan Gross will be able to claim ignorance of the risk involved. Everything related to section 109 of the Helms Burton Act carries the stigma of illegal interference in Cuba’s sovereign affairs and is punishable in Cuba by up to 20 years imprisonment.
(3) It will generate international condemnation of US policy and invigorate solidarity with Cuban sovereignty. By exposing the unilateralist, covert and interventionist nature of the USAID Cuba program, the trial will mobilize international opinion, not only triggering a more vigorous rejection of the U.S. embargo, but also tarnishing the credibility of the USAID in other countries. It is a blow, intangible but significant, to President Obama’s foreign policy that focuses on the use of US popular appeal and bridge building. To the extent that the impact in countries such as Brazil, Bolivia, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Ecuador and even El Salvador and Argentina, for example, will be greater, the State Department and the U.S. Congress cannot ignore the costs of disguising a Cuba regime change policy as international development assistance.
These Castro lovers are no longer satisfied with being “the other.” They want the world to know that yes, they do love Fidel, and yes, they are not ashamed to say it.
This will not end well.