This recent piece in The Miami Herald
is a testament to the folly of those Cuban Americans in South Florida who have spent their lives betting on the United States’ (or the OAS, for that matter) willingness and/ or ability to bring “freedom” and “democracy” to Cuba. It should also be a warning to the nationals of many other “subjugated” nations in our Hemisphere who, from their (temporary?) Miami homes, bet on the same type of solutions for their homelands while demonizing those presently running their governments. Whether it is Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua, or even Argentina (where a recent paradigm shift resulted in the same polarizing demonization, though from a different politico-ideological sign: those who have spent over a decade demonizing “La Yegüa” have now being joined by those eager to demonize “El Pelotudo”), demonization is nothing more than the key ingredient of polarization.
As becomes our multimedia era, the piece has a video clip attached showing today’s Republican presidential candidate, back in 1999, speaking at a rally and haranguing a few of our neighbors about the prospects of bringing “freedom” and “democracy” to Cuba. The amoral con-man -as per our two younger Cuban American members of the world’s most exclusive club, as the US Senate is known (or used to be known)- tells Jorge Mas Canosa, right after Jorge’s introduction and under a banner of the CANF: “I guess that means I get the first hotel in Cuba …, sounds like a pretty good deal”. [Read more…]