“Under a dictatorship, a nation ceases to exist. All that remains is a fiefdom, a planet of slaves regimented by aliens from outer space.” – Wole Soyinka
When the world is full of terror, it becomes as a fog, secreting away in its density the smaller, but just as dangerous, monsters. We are a world battling Islamic extremism on multiple fronts: ISIS, Boko Haram, Al Qaeda, Al-Shabaab–just to name a few. We are entering a new Cold War with Russia, as Vladimir Putin treats Ukrainian lives like one would treat ants on a sidewalk. These are just two of the numerous international matters dominating our vision—not to mention domestic policy issues.
Among all of this—among all the volume of treachery we see today—there is a monster right under our nose: Cuba. Opening relations with Cuba, as President Obama did in December, has done nothing to stop the nation from pursuing evil.
“This past Sunday, at least 98 people–a combination of Ladies in White and their supporters, according to pro-democracy leader Martha Beatriz Roque–were arrested after walking in line holding the photos of their imprisoned loved ones, which the Cuban government attacked as an illegal protest…
Many of those arrested were released later that afternoon, but not before suffering physical abuse at the hands of Cuban state police.”
Breitbart notes that this is a regular occurrence, and that political arrests increased in Cuba “by 70% between February and March.”
The Obama administration has now removed Cuba from the state sponsors of terror list, alleging Cuba has not sponsored terror for over six months. Regardless of the accuracy of that information, as pro-democracy leader Martha Beatriz Roque said, Raul Castro doesn’t need to sponsor terrorism elsewhere when he is himself terrorizing his own people. Cuba is a sponsor of its own domestic terror.
Despite all of this, President Obama met with Castro in person. He shook his hand. Obama said it was “time to try something new.” Meanwhile, Cuba is doing the same old thing:
— ☠☠☠ (@00patriot) April 29, 2015
— Yusmila Reyna Ferrer (@YusmilaReyna) April 25, 2015
What is to be gained from this dialogue with Cuba? They are more violent and oppressive as they ever were, and now they have fewer restrictions. By lifting restrictions, and meeting Castro, while not speaking about the domestic atrocities occurring on the island nation, Obama is complicit in the furthering of Cuban suffering. Obama is telling Cuban dissidents that he doesn’t really care that they’re suffering, as long as he gets his photo-op. You can be beaten and whipped until you die, as long as the narcissist in the Oval Office gets what he wants.
It’s a win-win for Cuba and Obama. Castro gets relief from restrictions that have been in place for decades, while continuing to terrorize his own people and Obama gets his legacy as the President who changed the hemisphere.
The praise being heaped on the President for his “progressive” behavior is just as much of a necessary tool as the violent beatings and arrests are for Castro. As William Blum said: “Propaganda is to a democracy what violence is to a dictatorship.”
So don’t be so dramatic. I’m sure those beatings weren’t that bad. And the scars left by the whipping? Those just make you look cool. Viva Castrobama.