History is full of instances of tyrants who have tried to starve nations into submission, but not a single case of a people being starved by their own kinsmen in order to prod them to rebellion. Yet that ignoble purpose is the only original idea that Val Prieto ever had and Babalú blog's raison d'etre -- the infamous human "Pressure Cooker."
We have challenged and refuted that idiocy time and again; and yet, Val persists in it and his yes-men second his delusion. I am now persuaded that their purpose is not and has never been to contribute personally to toppling Castro but to punish the Cuban people for not doing so, or, specifically, for not facing down tanks with their bare fists or flooding the country with their blood in the hope that blood will prove more efficacious than has water. Surviving Castro to enjoy some day a free Cuba is Val & Co.'s birthright, as they see it. For them to enjoy their birthright, however, it is necessary that Cubans on the island accept that it is their destiny to die to make that possible; and if they refuse to die, then Val and the rest would enjoin death on them through starvation or any other means. Those who have never enjoyed a minute of freedom in their own country should abandon that hope forever in order that those who have enjoyed freedom outside Cuba all their lives may be able to vacation some day in a free Cuba!
Once you understand what it is that Val & Co. expect from their hapless countrymen on the island, it all falls into place: their shameless support for the "Wet Foot/Dry Foot Policy; their opposition to remittances and family visits; their disdain for all Cubans on the island who are not at least in prison and for all newcomers without exception. It is their sense of entitlement and conviction that they are morally superior to Cubans on the island which informs all their fantasies and illusions about Cuba.
So great is their hatred for the Cuban people in Cuba that they have even joined Castro in multiplying their misery, each for his own purpose, of course, but ultimately through the same means and with the same evil intent. To keep Cubans on the edge of starvation has always been the regime's policy. Castro does not command the minds and hearts of the Cuban people; but he does control their stomachs. He has refused humanitarian assistance from not only the United States but 25 European countries. His intent could not be more clear. Nor could theirs. Val Prieto and his adjuncts at Babalú want to use the same weapon that Castro has used for 50 years against the Cuban people. With other motives, perhaps, but motives just as cruel and self-serving. Their united front against assistance to the people of Cuba has indeed put Cubans "between a wall and a hard place."