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    Annexationism among Cubans

    Annexationism among Cubans
    HILDEBRANDO CHAVIANO MONTES | La Habana | 29 de Junio de 2017 – 00:20 CEST.

    A group of Cuban intellectuals gather at Cuban TV’s Round Table (a
    misnomer) to analyze (once again) Donald Trump’s alteration of America’s
    policies towards the Cuban Government. They insist on accusing US
    leadership of harboring annexationist intentions, albeit only cultural
    —the preferred form today among many Cubans, although those in the
    Government stress those of an economic nature.

    However, annexationist sentiment is somewhat broader than that suggested
    by the panelists. Actually, there have always been Cubans who have not
    believed that we can govern ourselves, as they harbor ambivalent
    feelings. On the one hand, the best is expected from the US. We are
    almost as close to the country as Mexico, and many believe that Cuba has
    more of a right, and is better prepared, to be the 51st state than
    Puerto Rico.

    On the other hand, the US is the menacing power that, it is said, wishes
    to seize the Island towards some supposedly sinister ends.

    However, the annexationist tendency is not entirely the people’s fault,
    or that of Cuba’s neighbors to the North. A country whose rulers do not
    permit dissension unleashes pent-up feelings that, as they cannot be
    processed through democratic channels, give rise to extreme positions
    that in no way benefit the nation.

    The Cuban Government is responsible for young people seeing migration to
    the United States as the only answer to their problems; among other
    reasons, because once they finish school they face the prospect of
    low-paid and unattractive jobs, and the future of their children is even
    less promising.

    More than annexationism, the phenomena that can be seen in the Cuban
    people are frustration, skepticism, and a waning will to fight. The
    dictatorship crushed the people’s determination to rebel, but at the
    same time annihilated its creative drive. The few who dare to fight
    choose the path they find best. At times ways they are paths that may
    seem wayward, but, in the current situation of uncertainty, who can say
    what should be done?

    The Government wields all its weapons against dissidents: scheming,
    disqualifications, false accusations, threats, arrests, kidnapping,
    confiscations of mobile phones and computers, eavesdropping on telephone
    conversations, isolation campaigns between neighbors, prohibitions on
    travel abroad or even to other provinces, and everything else that
    occurs to them. Now they are trying to discredit those dissidents who
    met with Trump, as if the rest mattered to them.

    When annexationism peaked in the 19th century, Cuba was subject to a
    colonial tyranny delegitimized by the winds of freedom blowing in
    America. In the half century of the Republic after independence, we did
    not develop enough, due to rulers who were still stuck in the past, two
    of them devolving into dictators.

    As a collateral consequence, Cubans have always looked expectantly at
    their powerful neighbor. This Revolution, with its absurd Communist
    leaders belonging to another era, has managed to push Cubans back to the
    nineteenth century, and see American aid, or even annexation, as valid
    solutions in response to the tyranny to which they are subjected, in no
    way different from that perpetrated by the Spanish Crown.

    The reaction to Trump’s speech among us reflects the satisfaction of the
    downtrodden, who are denied the chance to raise their voices against
    their despots, after seeing a leader publicly denounced. We ought not
    exaggerate. This is not annexationism, it is just reveling.

    The more the Cuban Government refuses to change all that must be
    changed, the more isolated it will be, and more and, as more and more
    people see annexation as an actual possibility, the undeniable
    disintegration Cuba is undergoing will be spotlighted.

    It is not the unlikely prospect of annexationism that threatens the
    country. Rather, it is real Communism, imposed without tolerating
    dissension, which spawns unproductiveness, emigration, increased
    prostitution, administrative corruption, common crime, apathy and
    deception. Parodying the poet, “in short: evil.” The destruction of the
    country by blows from the hammer and sickle.

    Source: Annexationism among Cubans | Diario de Cuba –
    www.diariodecuba.com/cuba/1498688408_32174.html

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