"Contrary to popular belief, Cubans already know what they have, and don't have. What they need isn't dollars that eventually end up in the regime's hands. What they need is the courage to stand up for what they already know is right. — Robert Molleda, "Change from Within Is the Only Remedy," 26th Parallel, March 1, 2008 [quoted with approbation by Henry "Economist" Gómez in Babalú, March 2]
Robert Molleda asserts and Henry loudly agrees that "what [Cubans on the island] really need is courage." What is the courage that they supposedly lack? Is it the courage to endure or the courage to resist? It seems to us that they lack neither. How do Robert and Henry, who have endured nothing and resisted nothing in their lives, though certainly inflicted much suffering on others by just being their insufferable selves, how do these gallant gentlemen propose to "teach" courage to the Cuban people? Certainly not by example. Or perhaps it's more a case of "Do as I say, not as I do (or don't do)." Or maybe they want to borrow a page from the Wizard of Oz and pin a medal on the lion?
The Cuban people don't need courage. What they need are guns, tanks and planes. That is, to be on an equal footing with their oppressors who have taken the nation hostage with guns, tanks and planes.