Bloggers United for Cuban Liberty (BUCL) is back. After disappearing for a respectable period and fanning everybody's hopes (especially those of its impressed members) that BUCL was no more, it has been brought back from unspeakable disgrace. Its founder Henry Gómez proudly proclaimed its re-birth on Babalu, or, perhaps, we should say reincarnation, because its coming back in a different form, with a revised history and new objectives. The calamitous campaign which launched it, the now-legendary "Crusade Against Spanish Explosion" (they meant "exploitation") has been re-baptized posthumously as "The Campaign Against Spanish Investments," thereby lifting the anathema that BUCL had placed on the entire nation of Spain. Its hagiographic and hopelessly starstruck second campaign, which sought to recruit Sting and the Police in the fight against human rights abuses in Cuba, and which memorably culminated in a BUCL streamer being flown at the Sting concert in Miami, with all the BUCLers in attendance, and, apparently, expecting to be called on stage at any moment, that deluded exercise which plumbed the depths of sycophancy in the belief that Sting could incite a youth revolution in Cuba, is now to be officially known as "The Campaign to Point Out the Hypocrisy of Would-be Human Rights Champion Sting and his band The Police." Exposing Sting's hypocrisy was an (undesired) by-product of the Campaign, not its objective.
After two such spectacular failures, the Third Campaign seeks to be more conventional than those which preceeded it. This is not going to be hard. They are looking for a campaign which everyone can rally around, one which won't offend the 90 percent of Cubans who are descendents of Spaniards and which won't puzzle the 90 percent of Cubans who have never heard of Sting and the Police. The final criterion is to choose a campaign that I won't object to.
Well, they have done it.
BUCL's new initiative is to be called "The Campaign for CAMBIO en Cuba." I hope that this involves support for the CAMBIO wristband movement there. Hopefully, the BUCLers won't launch another CAMBIO of their own to rival theirs. It would really be shameless if they were piggybacking on the campaign of civil disobedience initiated in Cuba by people risking their lives.
Past posts on BUCL at RCAB:
Does Henry Want to Resurrect the Undead BUCL?
The BUCL Belt: Henry's Imagination Strikes Again
Henry Gómez Accuses Spaniards of "Exploding Cubans"
Is There Anything At All in Henry's Mind On Any Day?
BUCKLE But Don't Tighten Your Belts
BUCL's Siren Song
BUCL's Last Hurrah
"BUCL Up, It's Gonna be a Bumpy Ride"
BUCL Is Killing Babalú
Dissent Comes At Long Last to Babalú
And From the Peanut Gallery...
Insanity, Homoeroticism and Xenophobia on "The Babalú [Faux] Radio Hour"
Val Praises Fidel's "Charisma" and Moneo Calls Him "One of the Smartest Politicians Who Ever Lived"
BUCL's Bizarreries to End at Versailles Restaurant
BUCL and The Black Legend: Using Racism to "Liberate" Cuba
Babaloo's Waterloos: Spain "Forced Religion" on Cubans