Hypocrisy, Fear…Both Things

Hypocrisy, Fear…Both Things

Pablo Pacheco Avila, Translator: Raul G.

I walk for the of Cuba. Cuba Democracy NOW!

I have lost count of the times I have heard the phrase "I am not

interested in politics". Often, it is young Cubans who say it.

It's legitimate that we may not be interested in politics, especially if

one has lived most of their life under a totalitarian system where even

the flight of a pigeon is linked to politics.

Those of us who were born after 1959 were practically converted into

robots. Our capacity of thought was reduced to "Pioneers for communism,

we will be like Che" or "Country or Death, we will Win". In sum, it was

a bunch of slogans which bordered dementia.

I respect young Cubans who come from the island and are not interested

in politics, it is their right.

But, I feel that it is something completely hypocritical to see those

same people who are not interested in politics form a scandal when some

US congressman or woman proposes a law to restrict something that has to

do with Cuba, or when they want to modify the discredited "Cuban

Adjustment Act", a law which so many Hispanics and people of other

ethnic groups long for.

The majority of those who take shelter in the "Cuban Adjustment Act"

leave the island because of economic problems and not because they stood

up against the ruthless regime which enslaves the country. In fact, upon

obtaining US residency, one of the first things many Cubans think of is

in returning to their homeland to take a look over the shoulders of

their own country. Those who act in such a manner are the oddest

political refugees which humanity has ever seen.

In the last 9 months, Cuba has lost two important figures of the

peaceful opposition. Their deaths have left lots of doubts up in the

air. They were both recipients of the "Sakharov" Award. First Laura

Pollan, leader of the Ladies in White, in a case of "" and a few

weeks ago the of Christian Liberation Movement,

Sardinas, after a suspicious "car ".

Those who have confronted the dictatorship know of what those who are at

the service of the intelligence apparatus are capable of doing when any

person who wants change for Cuba and who wants to destroy their

totalitarian power stands in their way.

I feel shame when I hear Cubans who live in freedom say: "I am not

interested in politics", and it is not even because of the phrase

itself, really, but instead it is because of the hypocrisy which hangs

on those words. It is true that many are not interested in talking bad

about the regime, about condemning its crimes, denouncing every violent

act against the people, yet they do say things about the politicians of

the country which has given us refuge whenever they try to pass some law

against the dictatorship and, in one way or another, affect their interests.

It is possible that Cuba will change very soon. It is also possible that

everything will continue the same, or worse, especially for those who

confront the power of the Communist machinery from the inside. But every

Cuban has the responsibility of taking action for the destiny of our nation.

There is no such thing as good or bad hypocrisy, just like there is no

such thing as good or bad fear. It has been proven: every country which

has chosen hypocrisy and fear as their shield has ended in ruins or in

shackles. It is time to put an end to harmful fear and subtle hypocrisy.

Translated by Raul G.

19 September 2012


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