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    OLPL in “A New U.S.-Cuba Policy: Did Cuba Win?”

    OLPL in “A New U.S.-Cuba Policy: Did Cuba Win?”
    Posted on March 1, 2015

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    Fifty-plus years of US diplomatic stalemate and economic sanctions have
    failed to bring freedom to the Cuban people because they were not
    designed to bring freedom to the Cuban people, but to penalize a regime
    that started by sequestering Cuban sovereignty by violent and
    anti-democratic procedures (reestablishment of death penalty, radical
    hatred speech, citizen apartheid), by the illegalization of civil
    society and all forms of property (both private and public, including
    the press), and by tyrannizing every institutional power into a despotic
    State, plus the militarization of the nation to the point of demanding a
    nuclear attack against the United States from Cuban territory.

    The 50-plus years to come of US diplomatic relations and capitalist
    engagement with Cuba can neither guarantee the advance of fundamental
    freedoms in my country, nor our liberation from the successive Castro
    generations, because a market economy is not a redemptive formula and it
    has already been implemented by authoritarian systems as a tool for
    tyrannical control of all basic rights. And this is a wicked word that
    President Obama, Pope Francis and General Castro have secretly agreed to
    postpone: the rights of the Cuban people.

    As the pro-democracy leader Oswaldo Payá stated many times until he was
    extrajudicially executed in Cuba on July 22nd 2012: Why not the
    recognition of all our rights now? What is good for Americans since the
    18th century is still not good enough for Cubans in the 21st century?

    Is this about US interference, as in the hegemonic past times when the
    capitol of DC was the capital of the continent? Or this is only about
    insulting the intellectual capacity of my people, wise enough to escape
    in a pedestrian’s plebiscite in search for a real “normalization” of
    their lives far from an abnormal socialism?

    Democracies seem guilty of their duty to foster democracy worldwide, but
    Castroism has been more than proud to Castrify democratic countries
    (Venezuela is the most tragic example today), as the recently liberated
    5 Cuban spies in US have declared when ordered as National Heroes back
    on the Island: we are ready to commit our crimes again if we are ordered
    to do so. Sic semper tyrannis.

    Why not the effective solidarity and the pressure of the international
    community, so that the legal claims that have already mobilized tens of
    thousands of Cubans be respected by our non-elected authorities? Why not
    take advantage of these US-Cuba negotiations to seat in the same table
    the historical gerontocracy with the alternative civil leaders, after we
    have risked so much to conquer freedom of speech and to raise awareness
    on human rights violations and the anthropological damage in Cuba?

    In moral terms, the unpopularity of US policies given the popularity of
    the Cuban Revolution worldwide should be less important than the
    unpopularity of the retrograde regime within the Island, if a true
    transition is to take place in Cuba today. Unless, of course, advancing
    American interests in the Western Hemisphere now means advancing
    American interests in Western Union.

    Did Cuba win?

    Cuba cannot win because perpetuation in power is always a failure and
    the best approach to endure a fossil past, despite the faith in the
    future expressed by Nancy Pelosi, as the US executive branch enforces
    resolution after resolution, involving exclusively those congressmen and
    NGOs and think-tanks and press magnates and corporations’ tycoons that
    hurry to shake Raul Castro’s hand without asking him a single
    uncomfortable question, thus legitimizing he who abolished the Cuban
    Congress and Cuban Chamber of Commerce and Cuban think-tanks and Cuban
    NGOs, as well as the exercise of free press. By the way, convenient
    Cuban dissidents are also called into play, not for the rule of law, but
    for the rule of loyalty.

    The rationale seems to be that, as it is impossible to hold the Cuban
    government accountable, the appeasement of the dictatorship into a
    dictatorcracy is now the lesser evil, mentioning “Cuban civil society”
    only for political correctness in presidential speeches, while in fact
    excluding us from the new status quo.

    I am not sure about “what everybody needs to know about Cuba” (as in
    Julia Sweig’s book) but I am certain of what nobody dares to know about
    Cuba. Milan Kundera, maybe the best of Cuban novelists who is a Czech
    who writes in French and lives in Switzerland (a perfect mixture for
    freedom), knew that “the old dead make way for the young dead” for “the
    struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting”.

    Therefore, even if this is a small step for democracy, it’s also a giant
    leap against independency. And decency. The Cuban policy of the US is
    the ironic victory of The End of History: from our War against Spain to
    the anti-Imperialist Revolution, the growing “Common Marketization” of
    international relations is what really counts.

    That’s why for the first time in the history of our hemiplegic
    hemisphere it’s paradoxically in a Communist country where the cry of
    “Yankees, come home” echoes. In fact, you are more than welcome to try
    to fool our terminal tyrant with US dollars. But having dwelt in the
    entrails of said terminal tyranny during never-ending decades, my only
    remaining resistance is a sour skepticism to soothe our soul.

    (Original in English)

    Source: OLPL in “A New U.S.-Cuba Policy: Did Cuba Win?” | Translating
    Cuba –
    http://translatingcuba.com/olpl-in-a-new-u-s-cuba-policy-did-cuba-win/

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