Felipe’s Silence

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Barely four years ago, the former Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque played a leading role at the United Nations against the American embargo of Cuba. It was his voice that explained the commercial, economic and financial privations that derive from it. The exalted official exposed what many know by heart: the multiple effects resulting from these limitations — since 1962 — to industry, technological development and even public health. But the then Minister of Foreign Affairs said nothing about the internal siege that we suffer from, nothing about that other wall of censorship and punishment that, shortly afterward, would fall also upon him.

The simple fact of choosing the word “embargo” or preferring the more fearsome “blockade” marks a quasi-ideological position. That issue has been so manipulated in the national press that the government doesn’t recognize that among those who oppose the system are many who also oppose the United States trade restrictions on the Island. The newspaper Granma assumes that those of us who demand a political opening applaud, ipso facto, the existence of the embargo. Hence, so many surprised faces when they hear our own arguments for lifting it as soon as possible; reasons that Felipe Perez Roque never said at the U.N. and that he only learned when he came to be the ousted foreign minister.

The five decade prolongation of the “blockade” has allowed every setback we’ve suffered to be explained as stemming from it, justified by its effects. But its existence has not prevented the luxurious mansions of the nomenklatura from swimming in whiskey, their freezers packed with food while modern cars sit in the garages. To make matters worse, the economic fence has helped to fuel the idea of a place besieged, where dissent comes to be equated with an act of treason. The exterior blockade has strengthened the interior blockade.

I hope that today’s vote in the United Nations is favorable toward those of us who wish such absurdity to end, especially we who consider the end of the embargo as a definitive blow to the authoritarianism under which we live. The official delegation, for its part, will interpret it otherwise: they will applaud with satisfaction, declare that this constitutes “another victory for the Revolution.” In Havana, meanwhile — far from watchful eyes — certain higher ups will celebrate with Johnny Walker and wolf down some delicate appetizer “Made in the USA.”

105 thoughts on “Felipe’s Silence

  1. Since the Castros regime doesn’t have hard currency to pay the interests on the lines of credit for the importation of merchandise, it is after loans and lines of credit guaranteed by the U.S. Treasury Department. The effect of the embargo on Cuba has partially fulfilled its objectives. It prevented Castro from obtaining loans and lines of credit that would allow him to finance his permanence in power and avoiding the growth of the indebtedness of Cuba without benefit for the population.

    If these loans and credits are make available to the regime, they will not be repaid and the American taxpayers will be the ones to pick up the debt, as it happens at the present time with the taxpayers of Venezuela, Spain, Argentina, Canada, and other countries. Cuba currently owes $22 billion to the countries of the old socialist campus, 31 billion to the European Union, $15 billion to Venezuela and another $12 billion to other countries for a staggering debt of $80 billion.

  2. Un Hun said: “You need Cuba infinitely more than Cuba or the Cubans who live in Cuba including Y…need you! I hope you will learn to leave the stage when you would hear it from them…”

    HA HA HA! Un Hun!! ANOTHER MYTH PERPETUATED BY THE CASTROFASCITS AGENTS TO MAKE THE CUBANS IN THE DIASPORA FEEL HOPELESS AND HOMESICK!! WHAT THE CUBANS IN AND OUT OF THE ISLAND NEED IS TO GET RID OF “LA CHINA” AND “THE MUMMY”! HATE TO TELL YOU MR. AGENT AND YOU CAN TELL YOUR HANDLERS, HOME IS WHERE YOU ARE LOVED AND FEEL FREE TO BE YOURSELF WITHOUT THE FEAR OF TORTURE AND/OR DEATH! WE WILL NOT GIVE UP THE FIGHT UNTIL JUSTICE IS DONE! PERIOD!

  3. First this:

    So in this spririt and at your behest …. I will take leave of absence from here until the new year! Happy NEw Year 2012

    And then this:

    UnSoricel
    Octubre 30th, 2011 at 18:15
    The abridged version since the other got censored….
    For all 3 + …room 101 … In case you know it … ..darling the truth of the matter has come out time and again …and here it is: You need Cuba infinitely more than Cuba or the Cubans who live in Cuba including Y…need you! I hope you will learn to leave the stage when you would hear it from them…
    Zzzbye ..4 now.

    Would someone buy this man a calendar please? He doesn’t need a crystal ball though, he used the one that he has to see into the minds of all Cubans on the island. LOL

  4. The abridged version since the other got censored….

    For all 3 + …room 101 … In case you know it … ..darling the truth of the matter has come out time and again …and here it is: You need Cuba infinitely more than Cuba or the Cubans who live in Cuba including Y…need you! I hope you will learn to leave the stage when you would hear it from them…
    Zzzbye ..4 now.

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