The Reasons of the Cuban Government
by Pablo Pacheco Avila
From the moment Fidel Castro assumed power in 1959, Cuban society has suffered the consequences of limitless vigilance on behalf of the Cuban intelligence services. Every so often, national Television transmits programs that are linked to State Security. Such programs are always divulged during moments of tension in the country or whenever their is a weakness among those who wield power. They are methods utilized by the military inteligence to terrorize citizens.
After watching “The Reasons of Cuba” series, one should be asking, “What is happening?” and “What is the government of Havana trying to do”?
Dividing the peaceful opposition is an old technique which has long been used by the Cuban regime in order to impede the triumph of democracy in the island. When democratic forces are divided they are weakened. Without unity, pressuring the dictatorship to carry out democratic changes is thus even more difficult when dissidents are divided.
It’s no secret that the Cuban opposition seeks peaceful changes in order to avoid bloodshed in the island, and the government is the only one that doesn’t acknowledge that intolerance and political immobility carry some grave dangers.
Infiltrating undercover agents within organizations which operate publicly is one of the most absurd techniques used in Cuba. But it is evident that the authorities seek to influence everyday citizens’ opinions towards the opposition with so much negative propaganda. The majority of these everyday people observe dissidents from afar because they fear reprisals in the uncertain future.
The everyday citizen, warn out by governmental discourse and eager for spaces of freedom, would reach a very simple conclusion: if I join the dissidents, I run the risk of becoming a victim of State Security, and I will suffer the reprisals of the government, which means prison, being fired from my workplace, mob attacks, and exile. This is precisely what the dictatorship is aiming to do- to implant fear within Cuban society. And, unfortunately for Cubans, they have so far been able to carry out their goal.
Taking another look at “The Reasons of Cuba”, I reach the conclusion that Raul Castro is making way for the inevitable- the transition. His closest advisers are probably constantly reminding him about timing, for they do not have much of it left. The General would rather take his chances with a leader who responds to his same ideology, avoiding any legal complications with criminals and protecting the earnings of the Castro family at the expense of the national economy.
On the other hand, the free world would praise the reforms of the General and will not realize that he is only creating a shield which only protects his interests, and this could very well result fatal for the aspirations of all Cubans who want freedom for Cuba.
Associating Cuban dissidents with the CIA is a macabre trick which lacks all sort of credibility. To accuse the exile in Miami of being a mafia is a coarse attempt at justifying and not recognizing all the errors and crimes committed by the regime towards the Cuban people. The exile, with successes and errors, has always kept its ties with the Cuban people in the island. In fact, without that exile I do not think the dictatorship would have survived. If the communist revolution is sustained today, it is greatly due to the remittances sent by exiles to their loved ones on the island. The exiles are incapable of ever ceasing to assist their relatives.
In the free world, having internet access is something absolutely normal. However, that’s not the case in Cuba. Luckily, many accredited embassies in Havana provide this service for dissidents and everyday people. When we see that many of our compatriots are navigating through social networks on the web, we owe this mainly to these embassies. Shattering the barriers of misinformation is fundamental for achieving freedom in Cuba. The regime has a network of agents who are already connected to the internet and who are ready to give off the impression that there is freedom in Cuba, and also to distort a reality which opens up more and more each day thanks to the efforts of rebellious bloggers, independent journalists, human rights activists, independent librarians, and political party activists.
Lastly, I coincide with various friends who have said that the most recent unveiling of Cuban intelligence agents is ridiculous. With time, those informers will understand that those medals granted to them for their “great work” at the service of the “revolution” will lose their color. They will see that their diplomas will begin to wither away and that their work will only be remembered by themselves and some relatives. But the history of the civil disobedience struggle against totalitarianism throughout the world cannot be erased, and that is what upcoming Cuban generations will remember. It’s only a matter of time.