This is a time that many Cubans have hoped for, and many other Cubans have dreaded. A time when all Cubans should try to canalize those emotions and all their energy towards a single common goal: unity.
This goal may prove particularly difficult to attain for the many Cubans like myself who have spent most of their lives outside Cuba, since we have a vision of Cuba that is hard to reconcile with Cuba’s own reality.
And the very first obstacle we face is to see Fidel Castro’s passing as a cataclysm that could drastically change that Cuban reality we barely understand.
It is a time to build bridges, to practice tolerance, and to search for ways in which, through solidarity and a thorough knowledge and understanding of that Cuban reality, all Cubans can come together.
More than anything, it is a time to turn our back and close our ears to the so called “experts”, plentiful in Miami, who will insist in polarizing the Cuban people with their message of hateful division.
And I am not talking about those who are celebrating at the Versailles restaurant in Little Havana or elsewhere. I am talking about those pseudo-intellectuals whose editorial columns disseminate “Anti this or that” propaganda in order to perpetuate the polarization in which they thrive, pursuing their own petty political purposes to advance their careers, political and otherwise, specially within the United States. Those who persistently resort to their demonizing and divisive message not only to further polarize the Cuban people, but many other nations as well, and the latest example of this can be found (and read about) with regard to the Colombian peace process.
Cuban lawyers, on both sides of the Florida Straits, have their own bridge to build. And the blueprints for that bridge are found in a phrase from one of the architects of Spain’s transition from the Franco era to present day Spain: “From the (old) Law, to the (new) Law, through the laws”.
The author of this phrase, Torcuato Fernandez Miranda y Hervìs, became the head of the Franco government when his predecessor died in a bombing attack. He was also the Secretary General of the Falangist Movement, the ideological arm of the regime.
Don Torcuato presided over the Spanish parliament during what was known as the Plenary for the Reform, which passed the Political Reform Law barely a year after the death of Franco, an event anticipated by many Spaniards as a possible “biological solution”… But it is that phrase or concept, backed by the then Justice Minister of Spain, Laudelino Lavilla, that provided the real “solution” the Spanish people craved for; the biological solution is never enough.
And that is THE bridge we Cubans need to move on, as long as we understand that the Law in question is the Cuban Law (not a law dictated or conditioned by the United States), at both ends od the bridge to be tended: the Cuban law at the time biology intervened (not any six decades old laws), and the one that will allow all Cubans to live together facing a common future.