I'm with the dancers
by David Arthur Walters
November 15, 2004
Sometimes I wonder how my prospective friend Fidel Castro, the scapegoat for all of Cuba's ills including the forty-year clandestine U.S. terrorist campaign against Cubans who stay on the island, can be so foolish. In fact, it seems that President Bush is losing the contest for World's Greatest Moron ("fool") after all.
Well, maybe the blunderous pattern is not all Castro's fault. Perhaps his leading bureaucrats should be terminated forthwith before the pre-emptive Bush Agenda is launched - at least Castro would be rid of those officials within his government who are presently privately drooling over the bright, right-wing prospects after his death .
Indeed, when a great man approaches his demise, one would think he would repent of evil and provide for a succession competent to realize some of the goods he had in mind. Maybe he would step down as chief executive, say, to serve as chairman of the board on a part-time basis and to enjoy the golden years - smoke cigars, talk about the good old days, go yachting and snorkeling, those sort of favorite pastimes. But great men who are beyond good and evil seldom do that, for they are jealous of their personal power.
For an historical example, we could begin with the legendary Alexander the Great, who might have been poisoned by his own mother if not killed by his prodigious boozing, and who left behind a weak administration. Or take Tamurlane, who was probably poisoned too, and who might have fulfilled his destiny and saved the world from the future U.S.S.R. instead of setting up a vicious advertising circle - the towers of skulls. Or take Yassar Arafat, who could have made amends and left something worthy of a Nobel Peace Prize behind besides a reputation for explosives. Maybe Ariel Sharon, the former war criminal, will atone with the loving side of YHWH and leave a legacy of enduring peace behind instead of something that reminds us of the worst enemy the Jews ever had - ironically, the anglo-american-saxon Roman-Nazis are frustrated Jews, and now have in Iraq their own large-scale Palestine.
Yes, it's time for a purge down south. Fidel Castro should first of all open up the world for his people by providing them with free Internet access along with sturdy Cuban-designed and manufactured Internet access devices. Then Cubans would be understand who is really to blame for Yankee Imperialism up north, where the Northern European, WASPish culture still predominates today regardless of race, color or creed. Cubans would soon discover whom the real friends and enemies of humanity are.
Castro should retain some competent Cuban Americans and sympathetic gringos to come down and help revitalize Cuba's social revolution along the lines of welfare capitalism. Fidel could realize that there are new ways to skin cats, then let go of the obsolete methods, provide for the future, give his people voluntary cause to weep over his grave and monuments. If he handles things rightly, he might have due cause to envision himself as the Latin American messiah on his deathbed. As it is, we see one blunder after another. What is the Spanish word for "blunder"?
Another blunder came to my attention today (November 15, 2004). I noticed it because it was on the front page of the Miami Herald, whose publisher, editors, and reporters are committed to serving the "market need" of their readers, according to "race and ethnic background." That is, the market need of Cuban exiles who control Miami along with its ostensibly free press.
The article about Cuba's most recent blunder appears to the right of another article on Cuban affairs: the plans of U.S. Senator-elect Mel Martinez, President Bush's former Housing Secretary, to use his Senate position to further a "tough attitude on Cuba," meaning, of course, regime change - "a total change in the government." Martinez was on a special Bush committee to plan the U.S. led transition and reconstruction of Cuba. He was hand-picked by the Bush administration to run for the U.S. Senate, and his vicious and slanderous campaign against his opponent Betty Castor, implying that she fostered terrorism, was denounced by respectable journalists all over the world. "I'd do anything in the world," said Martinez, to see Cuba have the opportunity to do better." Castro himself predicted that Cubans will see improvement in the first quarter of 2006, giving his beloved "Miami terrorists" hope that he will drop dead by then.
As for the Las Vegas blunder: '44 Cuban artists plan asylum bids' is the headline. Forty-four performing artists, in Vegas for a three-month 'Havana Night Club' review, decided to defect because Cuban officials threatened to jail them or take away their livelihood in Cuba if they stayed in Vegas for the review. I understand their concern, for I can testify from my personal experience in the United States that taking away an artist's livelihood is similar to killing him. The leader of the Cuban group, Ariel Machado, said the group had no intention of defecting until Cuban officials threatened them. After all, he said, they all have families in Cuba.
Well, many U.S. families have lost members to the bright lights of Vegas, and politics had little to do with that loss - patriots usually prefer to go home and fight the good fight. Many of us who were born poor and raised poorly in the United States cannot go home again, for we have learned that all that glitters is not gold for us but is mostly for those who own most of the country.
But that is not the point here. The point is this: Castro, who was known for his chess-playing public relations skills - take the Elian Case for example - must be losing his grip. Threatening the performers into defecting has provided the U.S. neofascists with yet another public relations coup. Whereas, if Cuba had let the performers remain, and had had an agent visit them daily to encourage them to represent the good things for Cuba, then people who saw the show and read about it might say, "Why, that is beautiful. Maybe Castro is not such a bad person after all if he lets that sort of thing go on in his country."
By the way, I am with the dancers, whatever they do. I hope to return to dancing soon, and would love to take classes with the dance masters in Cuba.
Copyright 2004 David Arthur Walters
The Miami Mirror