02 July 2021 ~ 0 Comentarios

Everyone expects a Gorbachev inside Cuba

By Carlos Alberto Montaner

Joe Biden came to Miami. The alibi was the collapse of the building in Miami Beach. Several Cubans died. Dismayed, I copy a message from engineer Ariel Gutiérrez: “Deborah Berezdivin (I had asked him, curious about her unusual last name) is the granddaughter of Diana and Manolo. She is the daughter of Jeff, the youngest of their descendants. Deborah is missing, as well as Nancy Kress, Diana’s sister and two of her children with their respective wives. Nancy was married to my great friend Saúl Kleiman, who is the father of these two children. He studied at the Edison Institute.”

Fate was cruel to them. I doubt that the tragedy of the demolished building has hit another family with such intensity as the Berezdivin-Kress of Deborah and Manolo, an exemplary Hebrew-Cuban couple. Logically, they are inconsolable. But there are more Cuban losses: my friends Tony Lozano and his longtime wife. I hadn’t seen Tony in decades. I always remember him friendly and smiling. They tell me he was like that. It seems that it was a happy marriage. I see one of his sons on the news. He said his parents, worried, used to discuss about who would “go” first. The fear of being alone in this valley of tears is absolutely natural. They left together, suddenly, while they slept. As in Miguel Hernández’s verse, they died “like lightning.” I hope they didn’t suffer.

But Joe Biden also came for other matters. For instance, to strengthen bipartisanship. At 78 he had confirmed a thousand times that reason is not usually on just one side of the table. He met with Ron DeSantis, the Republican governor of Florida and a fervent Trump follower, and Daniella Levine Cava, the Democratic mayor of Miami-Dade, Florida’s most populous urban area. Levine Cava has had the courtesy to learn Spanish reasonably well, since 69.4% of the people who live in Miami-Dade are of that origin.

Biden was to receive an also bipartisan letter about Cuba, addressed to the Belgian Charles Michel, President of the European Commission; the Spanish Josep Borrell, a kind of Minister of Foreign Relations of the European Union; and the Italian journalist David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament. The letter was signed by Republican Congressmen Mario Díaz-Balart, Alex X. Mooney and Carlos A. Giménez, and Democrats Albio Sires and Debbie Wasserman Schultz, as well as the two senators from Florida, Marco Rubio and Rick Scott, both Republican.

But, apart from being a bipartisan letter, which diminishes the argument that anti-Castroism is exclusively a Republican attitude, what is important is its content. It says that nothing has changed on the island after Fidel’s death and Raúl’s retirement. The dictatorship keeps oppressing Cubans, although there is a novelty: now the enemies are others, no others than the young artists and musicians of the San Isidro Movement, and José Daniel Ferrer, leader of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), an extraordinarily brave person who was imprisoned during the Black Spring of 2003.

Cuban cancer has metastasized throughout Latin American geography. It is present in Venezuela and Nicaragua (and very soon its totalitarian head will appear in Peru, in my opinion). While the Cuban government practices the deepest and most repulsive racism –according to the above-mentioned letter–, simultaneously the European Union gives Spain the orientation of its policy towards the Island, instead of counting on the advice of Lithuania, the small Baltic country that was the first in getting free from the Soviet yoke.

It seems good to me that Lithuania’s position regarding Cuba is taken seriously, but in fact that part of the complaint is not exact. It does not take into account how the government of José María Aznar proposed and achieved the approval, in December 1996, of a “common position” towards Cuba from the European Union (drafted by Miguel Ángel Cortés) that lasted until 2016. At that time, the Italian Federica Mogherini, a communist in her youth until the Party, drilled by corruption, became something else, managed to dismantle the position of the European Union with the outlandish argument that it “had not achieved its goals,” forgetting the defense of freedoms and respect for human rights, so cherished in the history of Europe.

Actually, Spain is not to blame for this nonsense. It was the government of Pedro Sánchez, advised by the Leninist Pablo Iglesias, the culprit of the shameful attitude of Spanish diplomacy, embodied in Josep Borrell Fontelles, a Spanish-Catalan socialist and a Spanish nationalist, from the golden age of Felipe González. In any case, it is not only the Spanish the ones that should demand the Cuban government to rectify. Everyone is waiting, inside and outside the island, for a Gorbachev to dare to change the miserable destiny of the country. They would applaud him to the point of delirium.

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