By Alvaro F. Fernandez (Progreso Weekly)
“If they’d told me in Cuba of the crisis going on in this country, I would have stayed there.” -Cuban dissident now living in Spain
I am not trying to make light of the situation currently faced by more than 100 Cuban dissidents, and their families, who in 2010 were transplanted to Spain after the European nation negotiated their freedom from prison.
But there’s a point to be made. Especially when one considers that in Miami live so many, for example, who espouse a daily litany that Cuba is a living hell.
Now it turns out that this Caribbean Hades beats living in Spain, a country mired in such a lousy economy that it makes Dante’s Inferno look tame. Especially if you’re not one of the 1 percent made famous by the Occupy Wall Street movement.
I wish for a solution. I hate to see people suffer needlessly. Especially when there are children involved. And in the case of the dissidents in Spain there are many children and other family members in dire straits. Many of them without money, food and shelter.
And now some are asking to be returned to Cuba, which, according to my compatriots here in Miami, is the equivalent of hell.
Makes you wonder…
And contemplate: Quick questions and thoughts come to mind:
- If human rights are really the issue, why aren’t those who cry for the lack of them in Cuba not coming to the aid of these approximately 700 Cubans in Spain?
- Would this not be the ideal situation for the many groups and individuals who receive funding from the U.S. government for “their work in Cuba” to employ their millions received in order to help their fellow countrymen stuck in a precarious situation in Spain?
- Instead of insisting on wasting the millions and millions on Radio and TV Marti, which only helps to create employment and political acolytes in Miami for the likes of the Diaz-Balarts and Ros-Lehtinens, has any thought been given to using that money towards helping these Cubans in Spain?
(Fifty million dollars spread out over five years in monthly checks to 700 Cubans breaks down to approximately 1,200 a month each.)
- Where are those few dissidents so adept at manipulating the media, some now touring the world and receiving hefty checks for their human rights campaigns? Why have they shown little or no interest in our brothers and sisters down in their luck in Spain?
I am sure you the reader can come up with a few more of these questions.
The fact is that Cuba has its problems. Many of them. But it’s not the living hell some would like you to think it is. And backed by mostly U.S. dollars (tax dollars!), there’s an ongoing, 50-plus-year campaign to demonize anything that smacks of Cuba and its system. The traditional press has helped to sustain it.
And those 700-plus human beings now stuck in Spain with nowhere to go are simply collateral damage. The empire’s paid employees propelling this war of lies and half-truths. They feel compelled to use these persons, and then discard them when they no longer serve a propagandistic purpose.
So to answer my own question: The reason little interest is demonstrated for the Cuban dissidents in Spain is because they are no longer of use. They served their purpose a few years back. Now, as far as many are concerned, the less we hear of them… the better.
For a related article in Progreso Weekly, see: Out on the street