With little food or drinkable water, and in the midst of the worst sanitary crisis in its history, Cuba is on the brink of a major pandemic that could decimate its population and turn it into an insular desert. Cholera, diphtheria, malaria, polio, dengue, TB or even the black plague, diseases which had been eradicated in Cuba before 1959 but which have since made sporadic comebacks, may all be in various stages of incubation at the same time. Like Medieval Europe, Cuba has only fire left to combat such a pandemic. If Cuba soon becomes a great bonfire from one end of the island to the other, it will mean that our country is dying. That will be Cuba's final S.O.S. to the world before the last survivors take to the sea like Pompeii's lost souls.
It may be God's plan that the architect of our destruction should survive it. Certainly it would be the perfect coda to 50 years of favoring the interests of one man over those of an entire people. When God made Israel his chosen people, He did the Jews no favor. Cuba must have become a candidate for divine preferment at some time as well. We got our Herod and our Hitler at the same time and in the same person. The last 50 years have been the best in Israel's history perhaps because God was too busy with us. All there is to say on Cuba's behalf is: "Apártame este cáliz." ("Take this cup from me.")