Cuba, a step closer to the new Russia
By Luis F. Brizuela Cruz
The earmark formulated yesterday by the President who seven years ago had pledged, among so many other things, to drastically reduce or do away with earmarks during his tenure, will have enormous and most likely disastrous repercussions on the future of Cuba.
Attached to the release of Alan Gross by the Cuban government -and the implicit prisoners’ exchange- was Obama’s exhortation of new relations with the half century dictatorship of the Castro brothers in the enslaved island. This proposal, enveloped in the trademarked Obama’s delusions of grandeur and dictatorial aura, may or may not succeed through the passages of our political structure, but it has already set in official motion the future socioeconomic course of the bewildered Caribbean nation.
In typical Obama ambivalence, the alleged leader of the free world admitted later on yesterday that he expects no changes in the politics and policies of the Cuban government as a result of the one-sided negotiations between a dictatorship and the American democracy, basically ratifying the defiant statements made earlier by the Cuban acting dictator, Raul Castro. Obama mistakenly pointed out that the opening of the relations would ultimately benefit the people of the oppressed island, as elements of capitalism are injected into the fractured Cuban economy.
The most voracious, elitist and criminal form of capitalism indeed lurks over the disheveled Havana skyline: an eerie mimic of the type of capitalism Marx confusedly feared and which has, ironically, taken over the core of the disintegrated Soviet Empire. Cuba is about to become a micro cosmos of the new gangster Russia.
Initial traces of this implacable form of state-controlled socialist capitalism have been seen in Cuba over the past two decades, as the Castro regime has been forced to open up certain economic pipelines in the absence of the soviet sponsorship. The personnel involved in this highly complex communist economic underworld includes various levels of the Cuban and conceivably the American government leading all the way to the very top, some large international unscrupulous enterprises, as well as new and old Cuban exile investors whose sole objective is to further enrich themselves by exploiting the cheap options and labor at their disposal -as they return to the place they once fled- and aspiring low level, often improvised entrepreneurs who could never compete within the more strict guidelines of traditional capitalism.
In essence, what yesterday’s disclosure of a deal that had been a long time in the making has done is grant official licenses to a multitude of shady characters within the Cuban and American societies to operate with absolute impunity. It has also created false expectations for many, who naively may envision a dignified Cuban future filled with prosperity and opportunity for individual and collective progress. Last and definitely not least, it has desecrated the memory of all the moral, emotional and physical victims of one of the greatest infamies of the twentieth century.