Naked on the roof
June 13, 2009 at 08:26 in Sin Evasion Classifieds
Inexplicably, after the barrage of insulting epithets with which the Cuban press has been attacking the Organization of American States (OAS) in recent weeks, offending indirectly, by the way, the dignity of the member countries of the organization, including its friends Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Argentina, Brazil, among others, announced joyously the cancellation of the resolution that kept Cuba from this hemispheric organization since 1962. Everything is, says the press, a new defeat for the United States policy versus a crushing Latin American integration The text of the Resolution, which was published in Granma on June 4th, states “that Cuba’s participation in the OAS will be the result of a dialogue process initiated at the request of the Government of Cuba and in accordance with practices, purposes and principles of the OAS”. As usual, the prior United States proposal to the Permanent Assembly to establish a dialogue with Havana to discuss the reinstatement of Cuba to the OAS was not published.
Many Cubans afoot scratched their heads in disbelief: Why so much noise? Hadn’t it be said loud and clear that “Cuba does not want to belong to that organization which is a political corpse” and that “we will never return to the decrepit house of Washington? What kind of dialogue does the Cuban government request in order to air “the practices, purposes and principles” which it has been reneging for decades with increased rancor in the last few days, prior to the XXXIX OAS General Assembly? Why didn’t the Cuban press ever report that “application for dialog”? Why hasn’t the Cuban president made any statement about an event as momentous as this historic cancellation which has been described by another lover of pompous verbiage as “the acquittal” that “Fidel’s and the Cuban peoples’” history has made?
But let’s put aside the histrionics of the occasion and see the positive side of the event beyond the particular interpretations that have been made according to the political interests of each party, the fact is that the Cuban government finds it ever increasingly more difficult to maintain its inaction against the bridges extended to it from the outside. Now the point is not whether the doors that are being opened to the current process of relaxation (Europe repealing Common Position, Obama betting on the dialogue, the international agencies favoring an atmosphere of inclusion of the island in all forums) is the result of “the honorable position” or of the Cuban dictatorship’s “heroic resistance”: we know it’s not like that. The point is that these policies of rapprochement and dialogue have left the old warlords naked on the roof for all to see: the myth of David against Goliath inevitably falls apart. Only hostility procures their olive green garments.
On the other hand, the scenario is quite different from 47 years ago; it is clear that in current times membership in any civilized organization requires requisites that the Cuban side is unable to secure, especially with regard to democracy and human rights. It is here that maxim of my grandmother’s comes true. She used to say “you cannot darn on old cloth” If, to make matters worse, the Cuban politics is also an old machine, the patching cannot come out successful. The Declaration of the Cuban Government just published by Granma on June 8th is the aided kick, Castro-style with which the negotiation table has been knocked down again. The dialogue that was requested “by the Cuban government” without any debate having been mediated, without having been submitted for consideration by the “Parliament” as the supreme organ of the Peoples, without it having taken place (that we know of), the roof’s tenants decided abruptly that Cuba would not return to the OAS. And any other pronouncement could not be expected, because the distension and the dialogue are lethal ingredients for dictatorships.
Illustration: Photo by Eugenio Leal