Cuban independent journalist Ivan Garcia attended the event in Cuba last Friday where Cuban American businessman Carlos Saladrigas gave a speech. In that speech, Saladrigas referred to those in exile and in Cuba who oppose his plan to save the Castro revolution and the dictatorship from itself as “hysterical individuals.”
[…] After his speech, Saladrigas responded to a battery of questions. He let loose some observations that make it obvious that the Cuban American businessman is not playing a fair game and is well connected and informed. More than anyone can imagine.
He assured everyone that within 5 years the situation in Cuba will invariably change. And, of course, not to more socialism, contrary to what the Economy Czar Marino Murillo recently indicated in a press conference when he said that there would be no political reforms on the island.
With serenity and confidence, Saladrigas designed a fantastical future. A Cuba that was inclusive, tolerant, and rich. To achieve this, he said, the country depends on an enviable source of human capital. The astute businessman gave a wink to the regime when he offered a great merit to the brothers Castro for knowing how to manage poverty.
“There are nations that can generate riches, but they do not know how to manage poverty,” he pointed out. In an attempt to encourage those who are disheartened and are waiting for the most minimal opportunity to escape Cuba, he said: “If I was 25 years old, it would not cross my mind to leave the country.”
Carlos Saladrigas sees everything very clearly. Too clearly. I found it odd that he would not question the hundreds of dissidents detained because of the visit by the German pope or the spontaneous beating given to the man who yelled down with communism in the Plaza Antonion Maceo in Santiago de Cuba. No one asked him about that either.
And it is that these spaces opened by the Catholic Church generate distrust. And some, so as not to say almost all, attend to see and hear, not to investigate. It is a lack of habit borne of five decades of hearing only one discourse. And many still do not believe it.