By Eduardo Mesa
I do not believe in the effectiveness of the embargo, or restrictions on sending money and travel to Cuba. However, those who defend the embargo and restrictions are not my enemy, they are Cubans who think differently, and therefore they adopt strategies and tactics different from mine in their fight against tyranny. take in their fight against tyranny tactics and strategies than mine.
I do not know if the time will come when we can discuss calmly, without the unhealthy habit of assigning labels, of extending aphorisms. I am confident that we will mature and not be surprised in our old age, with a grandson in power in the dynastic succession. It’s not funny, the time we spend in backbiting among ourselves, and those who order and command take advantage of it.
Now, with the Letter of the 74 dissidents mes has started again. Zoe Valdés calls us “traitors” and the Miami radio industry spared no epithets. Others argue that this is not a good time to express their reservations. Alejandro Armengol writes in the Herald to defend the rights of these Cubans and the validity of the demand to open and not close. Only the reporter, in his analysis, always suggests that the verb open belongs to the left and the art of closure to the right.
The Embargo is not a question of rights nor lefts, nor is it a question of patriotism nor “traitors,” it is simply the legal wording of someone else’s logic with which one can agree or not.
I don’t want to state outright that the embargo and restrictions are not working, because the openings have also been tested and the cadaver of the comandante has survived. Perhaps it has failed, in the implementation of both strategies, the forced rotation, the application of means. These are things that happen when one takes as their own, the reasons of a foreign nation.
I don’t want to bore you with this subject that assaults us on the radio, television and in the press, I just want to say that it’s not just, nor useful to our cause to measure the patriotism of Cubans on the yardstick of the embargo. Those who rule Cuba are happy when from the island or from exile, we discredit ourselves.
To live democracy is to assume that diversity exists, that opposites abound, that social and political agreements are a lot of work. What today seems like a weakness can become our strength, if we abstain from discrediting those who use other tactics or assume other strategies, if we manage to systematize respectful meetings of our groups, if we can share ideas and reach agreements that help us to overcome the polarization that today, in regards to the Letter of the 74, again becomes clear.
Although I think that the path of opening is best for ultimate freedom, I am not disposed to make this a fight; our nation suffers and waits for us, beyond strategies and tactics. Changing our destiny is no an impossible thing, just a question of choice and intention.