"The majority of the people in Cuba have taken the easy way out and gotten used to living off the remittances from their relatives outside the country and many prostituting themselves in the streets. It pains me to say this but they have what they deserve as they should have stood up to the tyranny a long time ago instead of becoming leaches to their relatives in exile and loosing their moral values. They rather be eaten by sharks in the FL straits that stand up public[ly] against the regime. A country having people with that kind of moral fiber does not give you much to hope for. I sincerely hope to be wrong but so far the evidence to support my claim is overwhelming." — FreedomForCuba [Enrique Valle], "Fret Not, Folks. Hillary Is On It," Babalú, January 14, 2009
Babalú doesn't have many commenters left, but the few that do remain out-Val Val when it comes to their contempt for Cubans and their desire that they would all perish by confronting with bare fists the well-armed gang of homicidal thugs which has held our country hostage for 50 years, and which they themselves did not or could not confront, nor the "Good Old U.S.A." when it had the chance in 1961 before it became the guarantor of Communism on the island.
The only solution that the Babalunians offer for ending our country's crucible is to starve the Cuban people into rebellion and prevent exiles from visiting "the island of sick and ailing grandmothers," as Val puts it. I have always found it hard to understand how someone who so publicly cherishes his own family can have such overarching disdain for others less fortunate whose parents and grandparents are trapped in Cuba and require their assistance far more than Val's own parents do or anybody's parents stateside. Does the fact that they are on the island place them in a lower order of humanity and release their relatives from the moral obligation of coming to their rescue in their greatest need? Can patriotism, which is paternalism on a national scale, ever require us to be patricides? To defeat Castro must we pattern ourselves in his image and show the same disdain for our countrymen and their needs which he does? Must we destroy the Cuban family, the only bulwark against Castroism which Castro himself has not been able to topple, in order to win a Pyrrhic victory over him? Do Val & Co. want a nation of free men in Cuba or another Pompeii?
Hillary's announcement that the Obama administration would scrap the restrictions on travel and remittances imposed by Bush in 2004, effectively shutting off Val's "Human Pressure Cooker," has him disconsolate at the thought of the "millions in ransom monies" that will be paid to Castro "without something in return." What does Val expect from Castro? That he will renounce his monopoly on power in exchange for his 20 percent cut on remittances or the opportunity to overcharge visitors to the island for everything? Castro would first outlaw remittances and family visits than relinquish even one iota of power to his enemies. The suffering of the Cuban people is as meaningless to him as it is to Val, and the Cuban people themselves as expendable.
Many will recall Val's candid confession that he would not pay a cent to ransom his wife if she were held hostage by kidnappers threatening to kill her. Wives, of course, are replaceable; and so, in Val's mind, is the population of Cuba. Replenishing one's depleted bank account is a trickier business. This attitude of deutchsmarks über alles explains a great deal about him, but it is not and has never been the majority opinion in the Cuban community. To starve those that you love in order to remodel your kitchen, and then raise greed to the pinnacle of human virtues to disguise your own venality, bespeaks a decrepitude of the soul that even the greatest adversity has yet to inflict on the Cuban people. The greatest irony of the last 50 years is that Cubans have survived because they have cultivated the spirit of solidarity that the regime has continually preached, except that it has been solidarity with one another against the regime rather than with the regime against their countrymen. This is the great lesson that Val has never learned and will never learn. He will continue to endorse the modalities of the regime against the Cuban people rather than make common cause with them against the regime. Val is too young to have been a fidelista sin Fidel; but he is certainly a Cuban who would prefer a Cuba sin cubanos.
To accuse Cubans of "cowardly behavior" and do so anonymously does not speak well of the accuser. We have, therefore, identified him by name so that his statement will at least seem less hypocritical, and, dare I say, cowardly. He continues spewing his hatred at Babalú: