by Carlos Alberto Montaner
Granma did not print Barack Obama’s speech in South Africa. It was humiliating for Raúl Castro. After the formal handshake, Obama explained that Mandela’s name should not be invoked in vain. It wasn’t acceptable to celebrate the life and work of the late leader while persecuting those who hold ideas different from the official views. That’s called hypocrisy.
While reading his speech, Raúl unwittingly proved Obama right. Without a blush, he celebrated diversity as if he presided over the Helvetic Federation. While he spoke, repression hardened in Cuba against the democrats, in the form of blows, kicks and jail cells. The spectacle embodied the platonic idea of hypocrisy.
To understand Cuba, it is reasonable to take a close look at South Africa. There are many similarities between the late apartheid and the Castros’ dictatorship. The two systems were erected on harebrained theories that led to abuse and authoritarianism.