With fear and sadness, some of the most conspicuous figures among the extreme right of Cuban immigrants, residing in Spain and Miami, come out against everything they believe may threaten the business of the counter-revolution.
All they need is any American leader -at any level- ready for dialogue with Cuba, or recognizing the failure of the hostile policy toward the island, or taking a different stand, or changing their previous extremist position; for the local media, supportive of Washington’s policies against Cuba, to stigmatize them hysterically.
Although recent surveys show that both in Madrid and Miami most of the population is in favor of normalizing relations with Cuba, and that hostility toward the island is no longer trendy; extremists are not willing to accept the end of a confrontation that is their way of life and source of income.
There is an increasing number of Cuban entrepreneurs living in the United States who are breaking the public relations guidelines towards Cuba imposed for many years by the U.S. neo-conservative right.
Recently, billionaire sugar magnate Alfonso Fanjul -who in 1959 suffered the nationalization of some of his large properties as a result of the revolutionary laws to benefit the Cuban people- publicly expressed his willingness to invest on the island. In an interview with The Washington Post, the CEO of the Fanjul Corporation in the United States, recounted details of his recent trips to the island and his interest in returning to his homeland.
According to local Spanish-language media, such comments by Fanjul had the impact of a bomb on the right-wing of Cubans living in southern Florida.
A violent smear campaign was unleashed against the heretic; even when he had not even made mention of the need to end the blockade against Cuba.
An article in Forbes magazine, quoting the Palm Beach Post of Florida, recalled that the U.S. government had spent many millions of dollars subsidizing Fanjul’s agricultural businesses, and that these, in the mid- 2000s, tried to boycott President George W. Bush’s projects aimed at promoting the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA).
In Miami, an unusual conference of supporters of the normalization of relations with Cuba was recently held. Calls were made to the Obama’s administration to lift the travel ban of U.S. citizens to the island; and to remove Cuba from its ludicrous inclusion in the list Washington publishes of countries who supposedly support terrorism.
There was an uproar in the ranks of the right-wing of Cuban immigrants when Jorge Perez, a businessman of Cuban origin with much notoriety for his contribution to the development of the city of Miami, on the occasion of the inauguration of the new Pérez Art Museum in Miami last December, advocated increasing artistic exchanges between Cubans and local artists.
Meanwhile, also in Europe, there are symptoms indicating that the hostility toward Cuba maintained by right-wing sectors of the Cuban emigration are growing increasingly obsolete in light of the fact that even those closer to the United States seem to be evolving towards a more lucid European Union Common Position towards Cuba, in contrast to the one imposed years ago by the close association of President George W. Bush with British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Spanish Prime Minister José María Aznar.
There has been an outbreak of what some observers call an increase of schizophrenia among the Spanish conservatives reacting to news such as the interviews offered to the Cuban Ambassador by the President of the Partido Popular (PP) in Valencia, or the warm welcome accorded by President Raul Castro to the leader of the PP in Galicia during his recent trip to the island
And to top it all, wherever in Latin America there are truly democratic conditions for the will of the people to choose their rulers, progressive leftists keep coming to power; and there is evidence that the pro-imperialist right has no other way to deal with the peoples but appealing to coups, terrorism and counter-revolutionary violence.
March 31, 2014.
A CubaNews translation. Edited by Walter Lippmpann http://www.walterlippmann.com/docs3999.html