HAVANA TIMES — Some months ago, I don’t recall when, exactly, I published a post that prompted many comments criticizing the title and focus of my piece.
I Hate You upset a number of readers and other Havana Times bloggers, who wrote me to say that hatred is a negative emotion and that my article did not contribute to the reconciliation between the people of Cuba and the United States that we have been working towards for so long.
I cannot but agree with my readers: feelings of hatred, even towards those who would try to do us harm or destroy us, are far from positive. Hatred does more harm to those who harbor the feeling than to the person or thing they hate.
I will not, however, take back my comments. They express my thoughts, my character and my mood at a given point in time. My ideas will not always be good and not everyone will always agree with them. We don’t always do what we should and we aren’t always right. Nor will we always have the same opinions.
I am very sorry if our friends in the United States who read these posts felt offended. I have several friends there, and I know my post did not strike them as offensive. My intention will never be to offend anyone, or to attack any specific people or culture. I respect and will always respect all of the world’s different peoples and cultures, in the same way that I would want others to respect mine.
I too – perhaps more than anyone – want to see the people of Cuba and the United States, who have been separated for too long (and not only by the ocean), become reconciled. I open my heart to the people of the United States, but not to their government.
I am a peace-loving person who condemns all types of violent conflict. I have tried to forget the crimes and affronts of the past. I try not to blame them for today’s orphans, for the wars of yesteryear.
I tell myself that Obama and his cabinet have nothing to do with the war in Iraq, Afghanistan or Somalia, and I hope they will not intervene in Syria – that this country will not be remembered as yet another place where thousands of young US citizens lost their lives.