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The Need for Light

The Need for Light / Lilianne Ruiz

Lilianne Ruiz, Translator: Unstated

"Declaration of the Minister of Foreign Affairs." The article accuses

the U.S. Interests Section in Havana of fabricating an opposition

movement against Cuba's legitimate government, creating dissidents, and

trying to provoke "regime change."

For the first time I feel like a target of attack by the State

dictatorship in the Statement of the Minister of Foreign Affairs

published last Friday the 2nd of November.

I am a student, since a little less than a month ago, in a journalism

course offered by the International of Florida through the

United States Interests Section in Havana. The first thing I did on

enrolling was to ask if there existed the possibility of studying the

complete career of journalism or philosophy at a distance. But the

answer that the Cuban employee gave me was that the government of Cuban

had cancelled that possibility.

I do not feel forced to give explanations, but to defend myself from the

possible reprisals that the government — which evidently feels

threatened by the exercise of the of — might have in

store for us from now on.

To respond the calumny that we are mercenaries of a foreign government

would take this spiritual struggle to the level of speaking the language

of our kidnappers and presumed assassins. It is imperative that they

prove that they can dialogue with us in the language of liberty without

the excuse of pretending that the nation is a military encampment,

faking paranoia.

In 53 years they have not dared to dialogue with the opposition, they

lack the courage because they cannot sustain themselves before the

citizens who oppose the tyranny "of the socialist morality" and its

consequent "legality": a species of dead language without image and that

therefore cannot and does not have the will to express our .

There is nothing easier to read and understand for the whole world than

the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, because it is written in our

image. But it is very difficult to follow the logic of thinking in the

official Cuban discourse because it represents the interests of just a

tiny collection of people in this country who have managed to buy and

terrorize another so many people within the Island, and feed the

misanthropic envy of the radical left in the world.

There is something I want to note, because it is the only note that is

obvious in the text published in the newspaper Granma: "… the impossible

task of converting its mercenaries into a credible movement of the

internal opposition."

We have to start from the fact that the Cuban State has been faking

paranoia as an excuse to reprimand citizens who dare to express

themselves in opposition to their government which is a complete fraud,

including of course the electoral fraud covered by legal loopholes.

I won't have to work too hard to explain that true paranoia is not aware

of the reason for placing blame on another, but the Cuban State does

know why it has chosen the United States as at fault in order to justify

the attack against its own people: the Cuban State, absolute

over the existence of the souls under its jurisdiction, has never

tolerated the political opposition and has rudely denied silencing them,

first by firing squad or incarceration through the "revolutionary laws,"

including Law 88 (the Gag Law), because they know they could not survive

the full exercise of freedoms and the popular will consulted without


Again I suggest looking at the text of the judgment against Hubert Matos

in 1959; there, in the words of then prime minister , who

served as the principal accusing witness (and who explicitly governed

this Island until 2006, and seemed to continue through his whole life to

impose his will), we see the beginning of the most ridiculous campaign

in the legal history of Cuba where this witness creates the crime of

being "counterrevolutionary."

Decades later this modest housewife was surprised that something as

natural as being against some political and social tendency that has

committed so many criminal acts, that has drafted such tricky laws to

incarcerate Cubans, that has never represented in its gigantic discourse

the true size of a single human being, could be a crime.

It cannot be a crime to be against a government and to express it and to

want to change it, not in a revolutionary way, that includes the use of

arms, but in an embryonic democratic way: with the arms of opinion,

including citizen protest. But the detail is that to prevent those

rights, the Cuban State fakes madness, fakes paranoia and the target of

the attacks is the United States, and this faked paranoia also serves as

an ideological alibi to maintain against its opponents.

The most act, in a county of such political hypocrisy that it

would make the "whitewashed tombs" that Jesus referred to in the Gospels

pale by comparison, is to remember decency and to begin to be honest and

objective toward the Cuban reality. It is easy to achieve credibility if

we only remain true to the Christian and humane vocation that we all

have, and exercise it on a scale larger than our selfishness.

In situations like this I can wait for my persecutors, without missing a

single journalism class, reading the Bible first and foremost and

especially the Gospels, and also remembering people like Martha Beatriz

Toque, like Oscar Elias Biscet, like Elizardo Sanchez, so maligned, so

persecuted, at times so long-suffering, so abandoned (by this people

always disposed to exchange its rights for a pittance) and yet, like the

ancient prophets, such victors in Christ and such towering figures.

November 5 2012

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