|Cuban Human Rights Organization Outraged over Pact with the U.S.? by Steve Jonas|
January 7, 2015
Author’s Note: The “Human Rights Organization of Cuba,” whose “statement” is presented below, is a fictional body. Of course, the “statement” is itself fictional (except that it is of course, in its content based upon fact).
Following the joint announcement by the offices of the Presidents of Cuba and the United States of the intention to re-establish diplomatic relations and in the meantime ease joint restrictions on travel, cultural exchanges, certain types of commercial relationships, etc., while jointly releasing/exchanging several high-profile prisoners, a wide variety of anti-Cuban US organizations, politicians, and individuals went nuts over that announcement.
They cited “human rights violations” on the part of the Cuban government (mainly dealing with civil liberties, and the supposed “rights” of those who would violently overthrow the Cuban Revolution) as THE reason why there never should or could be normal relations established between the two countries.
Sen. Marco Rubio, the son of “persons who fled dictatorship in Cuba” is a prime example of this sort of thinking. (Somehow, it happens that Sen. Rubio never happens to mention that the Cuban dictatorship they fled was that of the U.S.-supported Fulgencio Batista, and that they “fled” for purely economic reasons. The family saw greener pastures elsewhere. But that is another story.)
Suppose in Cuba there were something like an “ODHC” (the “Human Rights Organization of Cuba”), concerned with human rights violations — in the United States. And then who knows, if there were such a one, they might issue the following (totally fictional) blistering attack on President Castro for his move towards normalization. For this space, this is how such a statement would read in English.
“We, the Human Rights Organization of Cuba, are outraged by the recently announced joint decision by our President and President Obama of the United States to move towards a normalization of relations between our two countries. Of course, one could point out that until the trade embargo imposed by the United States in 1961, put into law by the U.S. Congress in 1992 and then further expanded by President Clinton in 1999, is lifted, there can be no true “normalization.”
But even before that were to occur, we must take exception to the whole idea of our nation entering into such a series of agreements with the greatest violator of human rights on the face of the Earth.
Ion Antolin Llorente, La Habana (2012).
“It should be noted that Rightists in both major U.S. political parties (which are actually one party with two faces) have criticized President Obama for engaging in this significant change in the relationship between our two nations, based on what they claim is Cuba’s record on human rights. However, all they can refer to is our nation’s acting to protect itself against both open and covert allies of the United States who would overthrow our Revolution if they could. We, on the other hand, can point to a long record of human rights violations by the United States, both domestic and foreign, which is second to none, and which have nothing to do with any planned or hoped for attempts to overthrow the U.S. government. This list is far from complete. It should be noted that we are here briefly reporting what we regard only as the principal ones.
“Unfortunately, this list could go on and on. In the meantime, we are here expressing our outrage that our government, led by the Communist Party of Cuba, would make such a deal with a nation that some call ‘The Great Satan,’ without at least raising with it its abominable record on the matters of human rights, that go back to its founding as a nation in which perhaps the most inhuman practice of all (other than genocide, of which — see its treatment of its native-American population through the 19th century — the U.S. is, of course, not innocent), that is holding certain persons in slavery, was embedded in its original Constitution.”
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