HAVANA TIMES —It may be true that some people in Cuba are being terrorized. Those dubbed as dissidents probably fear being imprisoned or tortured for their ideas. The former has happened on many occasions. I have no proof the latter has ever taken place.
Some Cuban workers may be afraid to speak their minds, because they could lose their jobs or Party membership. It happened to Esteban Morales and many others.
Some may fear persecution, as they tell us on their personal pages. As for me, I can’t say I’ve ever been persecuted or seen others be persecuted.
Perhaps some foreigners are afraid to live in Cuba, fearing socialism will devour them or rob them of their rights or properties. Some may perhaps renounce enjoying our beaches and other natural treasures out of fear of being mistreated by a totalitarian regime. Some people around the world may fear this and more, but no one will ever be able to rightly say Cuba is a terrorist country.
Last week, for the thirty-first consecutive time since 1982, the United States included our country in its list of nations that sponsor terrorism, placing it next to Iran, Syria and Sudan. The true purpose of this is to justify the preservation of the blockade, a failed policy which the entire world condemns.
For Cubans, that doesn’t really change anything. We’re used to defamatory campaigns against our country and being called murderers, when all of us know well where the true murderers and terrorists in the world are.
I can only hope people from other nations will start to get to know us better – our reality, our idiosyncrasies – so that they will see that my island may be anything except a terrorist country.