To Support Who, in Reality? / Fernando Dámaso

Not surprisingly, in the crusade against the empire that the Cuban regime has waged since its establishment, they have regressed from supporting the progressive forces of that time, to closing ranks with the reactionary regimes of today. It seems that in the long journey some ideals were lost, mainly having to do with the full freedom, humanism, civil rights, et cetera.

In official statements and in the media, openly and shamelessly, they defend the rulers overthrown by the will of the people in Tunisia and Egypt. Also those who, faced with popular demonstrations and riots, are trying to maintain power in Yemen, Libya and Syria. They also supported the ruler — ultimately ousted — in the Ivory Coast who, despite having been defeated in a legal electoral process, refused to relinquish power. All this without mentioning the absurdity of North Korea where power, as a dynasty, is passed from fathers to sons (just in recent days they commemorated the 99th anniversary of the birth of the great leader, founder and eternal president of Korea), or the desire to perpetuate himself in power of the Venezuelan president.

It is understandable that this happens: the Cuban regime has been in power for 52 years, and in practice has also functioned as a dynasty where the main political positions are held by the so-called historic leaders. Therefore, the issue is close enough to them and they defend their peers as a way of defending themselves.

It is a reality that social phenomena do not have to be repeated identically, but also a reality that, when the causes are the same, anything can happen. The domino effect is very old and is part of the history of mankind and will not fail to be taken into account, despite the geographic space separating the different events.

An intelligent appraisal what is happening, must lead to objectively analyzing our situation and taking appropriate decisions in time to avoid greater evils. This process includes the active participation of all stakeholders, without exclusive policies, and the exercise of citizens’ rights. Only in a climate of tolerance, without obsolete dogmatic entrenchment, can you secure the tranquility necessary to the whole nation, a prerequisite for solving many problems.

April 29 2011