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A Question on Pacifism toward Totalitarian Tyrants
By David L. Rosenthal
Most of the world suffers directly or indirectly (but greatly) from the effects of totalitarianism, terrorism, and the general inaction against tyrants. One third of the world population lives under repressive totalitarian regimes. Slavery has never ended, as there are many millions of slaves around the world today, living in the harshest conditions. Cuba is the closest neighbor to the United States where totalitarian communism remains in power, long after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Most governments, even those of alleged democratic nations, stress that the transition to democracy in Cuba must come through pacific means. The people of Cuba, and other nations where allies of the Castro regime oppress their populations, live under the most harsh conditions, and remain slaves of the regime, long after the alleged end of the Cold War.
Given the violent and destructive methods and practices utilized by the Castro regime at home and abroad, there can be no question but that the Castro regime is not merely a Cuban problem; it is certainly a problem for the United States and for all nations attempting to be democratic.
The question is: Since the inhumanly cruel totalitarian nature of the Castro regime is clearly understood, at least by the governments of the world, if not by all of the people, why do not these governments understand that pacifism toward tyrants such as Fidel Castro effectively equals violence toward everyone else, as well as betrayal of every decent principle?
Thomas Jefferson clearly stated that a people has not only the right but also the duty to make changes in a government with which they are not content. Yet the United States of America actively prevents Cubans from reforming their government. (These are euphemisms, really, since no true government has existed in Cuba since 1959, and no reforms are possible in connection with a regime that chants "Socialism or Death!" "Socialism" is itself a euphemism in Cuba, as the system in place there may more accurately described by saying that Cuba is a tremendous plantation, in which Castro is the owner, while his close associates are the slavemasters.)
The United States of America certainly has every reason to be extremely ashamed with respect to its historic relation to Cuba. Voicing the right rhetoric against the Castro regime, and encouraging a pacific transition to democracy, cannot even begin to remove the great stain on the American national character, created by America's complicity with Castro in keeping Cuba in chains.
Cortesia de Agustin Blazquez