Henry G. Delforn*
HAVANA TIMES — How do we learn to hate what we don’t know? In the Gaza Strip, Palestine, a mother teaches her child how to throw a stone at the tanks of war against the Israelis. This useless act is not in defense but an act of hate transmitted from mother to child. In Hialeah, Florida, Cuban parents teach their child how to consume and produce propaganda against Cuba in the media war. This useless act is not in defense but an act of hate transmitted from mother to child.
Take the example of Florida Senator Rene Garcia. This young Republican, who was born in Hialeah in 1974 to Cuban parents, and as will be explained here, has done incalculable harm to the state of Florida with his hatred of Cuba as conveyed by his parents.
Rene Garcia’s hatred is not against a single individual, ex-president since 2008 Fidel Castro for example, or against any specific act done by the Republic of Cuba, as if the country did not have sovereignty for example.
No! Rene Garcia’s hate is a useless hate burden in his soul, his hateful acts only demonstrate his love since childhood of his parents. The word “gusanos” to refer to these parents only causes more pain, and I will not use it.
What has senator Rene García done? This young fellow is one of two that in 2012 originated a law prohibiting Florida companies to bid on contract jobs with the state of Florida, if that company does business with Cuba. Florida Governor Rick Scott, was forced by the “Cuban political mafia of Miami”, to sign the law. Rick Scott, after signing the law, said the law is contrary to the Constitution of the United States. Marco Rubio, U.S. Senator, critized Scott and supported the Garcia law.
With this new law, the political contacts of Rene Garcia introduced a lawsuit against a company in Florida, named Odebrecht with $3 billion in potential contract bids in construction with the state of Florida, only because Odebrecht has a remote connection to another company based in Brazil which works in the bay and port of Mariel, Artemis Cuba. The García political group did not take the time or effort to study the legal business connection of the company, and proceeded with their hatred lawsuit.
So what happened? After a year of incalculable costs in the legal courts of Florida, a cost paid by the citizens of Florida and a cost that could have gone to human projects, the federal court declared the same as was said by Florida Gov. Rick Scott when signed into law, that the law goes against the constitution of the United States and it was rejected!
The Odebrecht lawyer, James Moye, said that “The federal government is going to continue to establish whatever it believes is the proper relationship with Cuba. It’s not for the state or local governments to attempt to set the parameters for the relationship with Cuba.”
What does this all mean, who is to blame, is it like the song of Buena Fe, La Culpa, that “the damn fault is nobody’s”? – No sir! The blame is shared between two: the parents of Rene Garcia for teaching their child how to throw stones, and the son himself for not waking his adult conscious.
But perhaps Buena Fe helps us better with peace because René Garcia is simply a victim of the war machine and media propaganda against Cuba (the “Cuban political mafia of Miami”) who received this year $20 million for the promotion of hatred against Cuba.
The “Cuban political mafia of Miami” includes: Pan American Development Foundation; Grupo de Apoyo a la “Democracia”; International Relief and Development; National “Democratic” Institute; Foundation for “Human Rights” in Cuba; Pan American Development Foundation; National Endowment for “Democracy”; U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID); and the US Department of State who manages the money.
All this money that could have gone to human projects, all this money in the name of hate, useless hate, useless because the Cuban Revolution and the sovereignty of the Republic of Cuba is absolute and a fact of life, and the best thing that the “Rene Garcias” of the world can do is learn how to analyze their hatred against countries that they do not even know.
(*) Henry G. Delforn is an electrical engineer (Cuban-born U.S. citizen who lives in California and enjoys his independent political affiliation.