When I found out the Castro regime had accomplished their mission of ending the life of Wilmar Villar Mendoza, I was once again unprepared for the nausea and the painful knot in the pit of my stomach. It is a sensation that I have never been able to get used to no matter how many times I endure the painful experience. It is the same severe and unpleasant reaction I experienced when I learned of Orlando Zapata Tamayo’s horrid assassination, and that caustic malaise returned upon hearing the news of the violent murder of Juan Wilfredo Soto and again when the Castro regime finally silenced Laura Pollan. Nevertheless, I cannot get used to it. Each and every time, it hits me like a ton of bricks. Another Cuban life extinguished, another Cuban family destroyed, another Cuban voice in chains crying out for freedom violently silenced.
But within all this pain of loss, amongst the injustice and brutality of a vile dictatorship and its indiscriminate and unforgivable taking of yet another life, a brief moment of clarity emerges. As it happened upon the murders of Zapata Tamayo, Soto, and Pollan, for a brief moment, the assassination of Wilmar Villar Mendoza tore down the facade and the lies of the Castro dictatorship that has as acted as their shield for so many decades. For that brief moment, as the light of life in Wilmar extinguished and his soul slipped out of his body, the Castro regime was exposed to the world for what it is: A brutal, merciless, and murderous dictatorship.
It may not last long — perhaps hours, maybe days — but for the moment, the Castro dictatorship is exposed. This brief moment of clarity brought about by the murder of Villar Mendoza has ripped away the shroud they hide behind and the light of truth has pierced the lies that have kept the entire island of Cuba in a diabolical darkness for more than a half-century. For a brief moment, the murderous Castro dictatorship finds itself with no crevice to crawl into and no place to hide. Today, hours after the death of Wilmar, the decades of Castro lies and propaganda have no power to defend Fidel and Raul. For a brief moment, there is sufficient clarity to expose them for the brutal and murderous dictators that they are.
But alas, it is only for a brief moment.
Perhaps as early as tomorrow, this moment of clarity will dissolve and the lies will return to subjugate the truth. Not because this clarity is too weak or a fleeting moment, but because the world will close its eyes and turn away from the unpleasant truth. Unfortunately, there are too many people in this world who strive for the same darkness the Castro regime strives for, albeit for different reasons. The Castro brothers seek darkness in Cuba to cover and hide their crimes and murders, while the world seeks darkness in Cuba to cover their indifference and apathy towards the enslaved Cuban people.
Nevertheless, for now, Wilmar Villar Mendoza’s death is not in vain: for a brief moment, there is clarity in Cuba.