You know, it's a shame that your very first blog post on your brand spanking new blog is not only a personal attack on me, a fellow Cuban-American and the person that has been blogging about the realities of Cuba the longest, but is a perfect example of the problem the Cuban-American community has had for almost fifty years: attacking their own rabidly, injustfiably and publicly for simply having a differing opinion - EVEN IF SAID ATTACK-EE IS ON THE VERY SAME SIDE AS THE ATTACKER.
You are no doubt a learned person, very intelligent (albeit somewhat vain) with much more knowledge than I about most subjects vis-a-vis Cuba, yet, if this first post is any indication - and to me it certainly is - then you are an embarrassment to the Cuban-American community whose actions in this post, justify every single word on the very same post of mine you criticize.
Proof's in the pudding, as they say.
Welcome to my blog, Val. I won't thank you for your good wishes because none were proffered; but your presence here, at least, and your generally conciliatory tone, so out of character, are unexpected and also welcome.
Yes, we are on the same side, but this does not require that we march in lockstep. In fact, though your goals are worthy in the main, your methods are not always so.
I did not pick this fight with you; it is you who forced it upon me. All I did was respond to your challenge, which I could hardly leave unanswered. If anything it is you who pushed me against a wall and left me no other alternative than to speak the truth which I could only hint at on your blog without falling prey to censorship or ouster.
I appreciate the words you say here about me being a learned person, knowing more than you about Cuba, etc., but your words of praise do not match your actions, which tell me that you have absolutely no respect for me or what I represent. Indeed, your actions show unconcealed disdain and hostility. I do not know the basis of this gratuitous rancor and shall not attribute it to the obvious causes. I know only its effects.
In one moment, in fact, in one minute, to be precise, you made me understand how unwanted I was on your blog and the depths of your almost reflexive resentment of me.
You may be sure, however, that if you attack my positions here or even my character (which I never did to you on Babalú), I shall placidly allow you to have your say and only then proceed to have mine. I will never censor you or boot you from your blog, as you did to me without explanation or warning, simply to show that you could and would do it, even to me. "It is useful to hang an admiral now and then; it encourages the others."
Yes, it is shameful that you should do something like that to one of your own; and stupid, too, because you were not actually "hanging" me but rather setting me free.
Although that was not your intent, I thank you nonetheless.
Val Prieto said...
I suppose that "cocksucker" post was a satire, then, no Manuel?
First of all, it was not the "cocksucker post," but the cocksucking post. If I had called you a "cocksucker" it would mean that you were a cocksucker, had always been a cocksucker and would always be a cocksucker. But that was not what I meant or what I said. Your defense of the Estefans was, however, the biggest cocksucking in the history of Cuban-American blogs. No one, I think, will disagree with that assessment. Not even you. I am sure, in fact, that your embarrassing pledge of allegiance to the Estefans now embarrasses even you. Why else would you yourself admit that you had "to eat crow?" Better eat crow than what you were eating.
As for my deconstruction of your remarks, there were elements of satire in it, among other things. Your loyalty oath to the Estefans certainly lent itself to satire, among other things.