HAVANA TIMES – The Trump administration has the following as part of its political agenda: “End Communist dictatorships in Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba.” The latter two only appear as priorities amidst the fiasco with the Venezuelan opposition, and their attempt to end Chavista totalitarianism headed by Nicolas Maduro.
The Nicaraguan people are also bleeding dry trying to bring an end to Daniel Ortega’s government, another one of today’s leaders of the so-called Latin American Left. Fidel Castro, the patron saint of anti-Imperialism, exported this rebellious seed. However, in spite of all the suffering, of extreme violence, the US government hasn’t seemed too bothered by events in Nicaragua.
The real crisis is happening in Venezuela. Maybe the Venezuelan opposition has got a little further in its struggle, and remained in the fight, and this as well as the fact that Venezuela is a large country with resources that wealthy countries do care about, encouraged Trump’s anti-autocratic crusade in this triad of countries he believes to be Communist.
Speaking about these governments and establishing how to do away with these three powers, Cuba-Nicaragua-Venezuela, the US government is abusing and ignoring facts which is only creating more political and social instability in these countries where human beings live, including children and the elderly.
This is a fascist measure, which transforms these countries into reconcentration camps, as they were already suffering sanctions and living an economic war before because they didn’t stand by the White House’s political discourse.
Meanwhile, the Cuban government will continue to blame the US for its own shortcomings and the international community will agree. An economic attack like the one the US has waged right now, as the leader of the world’s superpowers, has put the island and its inhabitants in a very vulnerable position.
Personally-speaking, I had to reach rock bottom, enter the abyss in order to understand that the Cuban government has taken advantage of this imbalance of power in a brilliant way to uphold its discourse, although I know that’s a tough truth to swallow for people like me who dream of a different Cuba.
If the Cuban Revolution, famous for being one of the most radical in the world, hasn’t brought independence, as its weak economy proves, then the fight for freedom will always be put on hold.
The transition towards State capitalism is the most obvious way power in Cuba has mutated. Cubans in exile with economic and political power refuse to accept this reality that excludes them.
Most Cubans living on the island come from the emerging, popular classes, who don’t identify with those who lost their properties and were also responsible for power falling into the hands of a single man when they left the country, as they left the island without a political opposition.
Of course, they are also victims of the terror that Fidel Castro put into practice, but they don’t have any empathy for Cubans living in this country, as they label us all Communists. So, while the past is debated in government offices, projecting the future from a present in ruins, and without a dialogue with Cuba’s reality, in terms of the Cuban conflict, there’s not much else for me to say but the popular expression: “There is no splinter worse than one from the same stick.”