REFLECTIONS BY COMRADE FIDEL
WHO WANTS TO BE IN THE GARBAGE DUMP?
Today, by mere chance, I remembered
that the OAS still exists, when I read a cable posted on the Internet which contained
an article by Georgina Saldierna, published in
Yesterday, the Secretary General of the Organization of
American States (OAS), Jose Miguel Insulza, dismissed
the possibility of immediately re-admitting
In this connection, Insulza
remarked that, for full re-admission into the OAS, one of the requisites
If this isn’t comical enough, read Antonio Caño’s article, published in El Pais on
“One of the most respected voices among Cuban exiles, businessman Carlos Saladrigas (Cuba 1948) hopes that Fidel Castro’s resignation could represent “the open door for permanent changes” and asks the Cuban community in Miami and the Government of the U.S. to act “cautiously” and with a “spirit of reconciliation”, to avoid losing this opportunity.”
“Saladrigas, who is
President of a small organization known as the Cuba Study Group, which is
composed by other political associations and human rights organizations known
as Consenso Cubano, has
spent millions of his private funds in the last few years in order to plant the
seeds for a modern and centrist alternative to the radical leadership that used
to dominate the Cuban exile community in the U.S. In the leadership vacuum in
“During a phone conversation from the
“In his opinion this is the time for great hope, both for Cuban exiles, as well as for dissidents inside the island”.
“The exile community must
help by stimulating the steps that will begin to take place in
“It is important”, says Saladrigas, “that the regimen loose its fear of the exile community, because the lesser the fear, the faster things will move along”. Change, in his opinion, is unstoppable (…)”
“There are a million Cubans
“Once these conditions have been achieved, according to Saladrigas, political reforms will follow automatically. The most urgent measures should be the release of all political prisoners. Once this has been done, and the door has been opened to investments, the exile community could become the biggest support fund that any political transition has ever known throughout history.”
The name Carlos Saladrigas rings a bell; it is a name I heard many times when, at 18 years old I was concluding my fifth and last year of high school. He was the candidate Batista had chosen at the close of the last year of his constitutional term. Before, he had been his Prime Minister. The Second World War was coming to an end.
The new Carlos Saladrigas now wants to buy us for peanuts! With the money in
The facts are quite different
and they are evident to those who follow events in
An article by David Brooks, published less than 12 hours ago by
Brooks notes that he does not cease to be amazed by how one of the smallest countries in the world obliges the political, business, media and academic leaders of the world’s most powerful nation to respond to its decisions of doing or not doing, changing or not changing, or simply leaving everything shrouded in mystery.
In the past 24 hours, he stresses, President George W. Bush, senior State Department and National Security Council officials, federal legislators, the presidential pre-candidates and other top-level political figures, political analysts and the main foreign policy institutions, all printed and electronic media, human rights organizations and others have responded to Fidel Castro’s decision of not running for another term in office.
“While a political transition is underway in Cuba, no one in the United States, according to Brooks, expects any changes to take place in the few months that remain of term of George W. Bush, the tenth U.S. president who promised to impose changes in Cuba only to reach the end of his term and see Fidel Castro still defending his country’s policy and defying the superpower.
“Once again, he adds,
Washington and all of the experts were reduced to mere spectators and had to
recognize that the transition is to be determined by
“He points out that Julia Sweig, an expert on the bilateral relations between the two
countries and director of the Latin American program for the Council on Foreign
relations underscored that the embargo and other restrictions, which have only
served to limit
“Ex Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson,” Brooks writes, “General Collin Powell’s right-hand man and currently co-chair of the New America Foundation’s U.S.-Cuba Policy Initiative again remarked that this juncture is an opportunity to change the United States’ posture, admitting that ‘our Cuba policy is a failure’ and that no changes were likely under the current presidency. The presidential candidates and others should begin to analyze this policy, including obvious things like lifting travel restrictions and some aspects of the embargo, so that the next president can implement some changes.”
As Brooks points out, the New York Times echoes these arguments in
today’s editorial, arguing that “the administration has gone out of its way to
ensure that it has no chance of influencing events there. In the name of
tightening the failed embargo, it has made it much harder for academics,
artists and religious people to travel to
“Democrat Barack Obama –who, as candidate for Senate in 2003, was in favor of lifting the embargo— has now qualified his position, but he is the only one who has supported a relaxation of restrictions on travel and the sending of remittances to Cuba, stating, yesterday, that if there are signs of democratization on the island “the United States must be prepared to begin taking steps to normalize relations and to ease the embargo (…)”
According to the Wall Street
Journal, “we have had a bad policy for nearly 50 years, for bad reasons that
have nothing to do with
“The business sector,” he adds, “which for years has expressed its opposition to the blockade, could also see this as an opportunity to redouble their efforts to change U.S. policy, turning to the bipartisan support of legislators and governors who see the Cuban market as something more attractive than maintaining an ideological position aligned with a president and government that are increasingly discredited in Washington.
“Apparently, the transition
As the readers will appreciate, I have done some work as I await the historical decision of the 24th.
Now, I will go several days without putting pen to paper.
Fidel Castro Ruz