Elio Delgado Legon

Entrance to Havana Bay.

HAVANA TIMES — I have always respected the opinion of those who honestly express their dissatisfaction or disagreement with the socialist system and who prefer capitalism, even with all its evils and inequality.

Some of my friends have left Cuba for capitalist countries (in search of a dubious prosperity) and have not ceased being my friends because of this. Others remain in the country of their birth but openly express their disagreement with the socialist system, enjoying this system’s benefits, like free, quality healthcare and education for their children, to name only two of the main achievements of the socialist revolution.

All such individuals are respected and suffer no discrimination in our society, because they are honest people who are merely expressing their opinions.

Those who call themselves dissidents and follow the instructions of a foreign power, receiving money for their unpatriotic activities, however, are a different lot altogether. They are what I call counterrevolutionaries (I haven’t found a better term for them).

The small counterrevolutionary groups operating in Cuba, organized by CIA agents attached to the US Interests Section in Havana, have no arguments with which to attract anyone to their ranks and thus resort to lies and media spectacles. They also do this to maintain their dollar incomes, disbursed by a country that does everything in its power to destroy the Cuban revolution and the example it represents.

I could refer to many different cases, but two or three should suffice to prove my point. To swell their diminished ranks, counterrevolutionaries have recruited more than one common prison inmate, many a times guilty of numerous crimes. One of them was a wife-beater who was denounced by his mother-in-law. Others have been persuaded into going on a hunger strike, into putting their lives at risk, to put together a media spectacle.

Yet others have confessed that they ate in secret, after having declared themselves on a hunger strike, until their lies were unmasked.

One case that received a lot of attention from the international mass media was that of Guillermo Fariñas, who went on a hunger strike several times, until he was given a visa to travel to the United States and left the country.

Recently, this character appeared in a photo published by a Miami newspaper next to the confessed murderer, terrorist and torturer Luis Posada Carriles, and embracing the traitor Hubert Matos. With this photograph, Fariñas is basically confessing his true counterrevolutionary agenda, his willingness to commit all of the despicable crimes this terrorist demands of him.

Ana Luisa Rubio

More recently, there was another media spectacle surrounding former Cuban television actress Ana Luisa Rubio, a woman who everyone knows is mentally unstable, prone to violent outbursts and to insulting her neighbors in uncontrollable and offensive ways.

This last incident was sparked off by the pranks of some children who were playing in front of the actress’ building. Ana Luisa Rubio went out into the street and lashed at them, offending the mother of one of the children, whom she asked to come down. When the mother came to see what was happening, Ms. Rubio violently attacked her. The mother defended herself. According to witnesses, those who intervened did so to separate the two brawling women.

The witnesses approached claim that the bruises and blood on her face are makeup. They confirm that it is not true she was taken out of her home and assaulted, that the claim the fight was sparked off by her political ideas is a lie and that her face was not disfigured, as some ill-intentioned commenter’s state, written by people who insist on lying about the revolution and revolutionaries, insist.

I respect those who express their opinions honestly. Those who shamelessly lie in order to damage the revolution deserve nothing short of my hatred.

Elio Delgado Legon

Elio Delgado-Legon: I am a Cuban who has lived for 80 years, therefore I know full well how life was before the revolution, having experienced it directly and indirectly. As a result, it hurts me to read so many aspersions cast upon a government that fights tooth and nail to provide us a better life. If it hasn’t fully been able to do so, this is because of the many obstacles that have been put in its way.

6 thoughts on “Cuba: Honest Opinion is Respectable, Lies are Abhorrent

  • Walter, it should go without saying that the pointless loss of 78 innocent lives due to the ‘family squabble’ between the Castros and their Cuban cousins in Miami is a tragedy. This bombing, however, was not a result of US policy, but the lack thereof. The US has not had a cogent, executive-level strategy to deal with the Castro regime since the Elian Gonzales controversy. Relations with Cuba have been relegated to mid-level bureaucrats who owe their appointments to their positions to the influence of narrow-minded Miami exiles. It is because Cuba doesn’t matter much to the average American that the embargo has been in place for as long as it has. You seem to wish to give the dictatorship a pass by pointing out vaguely similar problems occurring in the US. There is a significant difference between the police brutality, government corruption and poor housing issues in Cuba and what occurs in the US. As often as possible in the US, the role of an independent media and legal system serve to expose and punish these abuses and failings on the path to fewer abuses and failings. In Cuba, these tactics and social defects are either ignored and/or covered up and many times are fomented by the regime as a means to maintain control over the people. Simply put, if a cop beats you Walter, you have every reason to believe that the local and national media where you live will camp out outside your home for a statement from you as to why an elderly man was subject to this abuse of power. If you lived in Cuba, would a Granma reporter be so apt to carry your story. Be honest, please.

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