Image: “Les Humarbes” by Roberto Matta
What occurred this past November 20 in the central zone of Vedado, in the Cuban capital, to Reinaldo Escobar, husband of Yoani Sánchez, who was the victim of a disgraceful act of pro-Castro repudiation, a stifling and barbaric act of institutional and systematic violence, very faithfully proves once more the true essence and nature of the totalitarian Cuban regime. By video recording, the world knew for certain what really happens in Cuba, from the year 1959 until the present.
Castroism, as well as Stalinism, Maoism, Nazism, Fascism, Populism, Talibanism, Macarthyism, ETAism, Al-Quaedaism, Apartheidism, Francoism, Somozaism, Pinochetism, Trujilloism, Batistaism, Duvalierism, Chávezism, and a series of ideological aberrations pertaining to the same family ought to keep in mind a maxim from the great Russian writer Leon Tolstoy: “Everyone thinks about changing humanity and no one thinks about changing oneself.” I also invite you to read, study, and reflect on the interesting book entitled “The Human Factor: Nelson Mandela and the Party that Saved a Nation” by the English author John Carlin. It’s a rational lesson about human values, political knowledge, and, most of all, it serves as a real lesson on an authentic national reconciliation that banished all hate, resentment, and lamentable vengeance and gave way to a genuine society “of all, with all, and for the good of all” like our Apostle of Independence, Jose Marti, magisterially summons us to do. Amen.
Pedro Argüelles Morán, prisoner of conscience, Canaleta prison, Ciego de Ávila.
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