Sticks and stones
You know, the same old story: sure, Fidel Castro isn’t perfect but heck, look at his achievements in health and education and anyway, he has stood up to those evil Americans …
So you can imagine how the regime reacts when someone – anyone – stands in its way.
And so it is with a conference on Cuban affairs being organised for next month in Berlin by the International Committee for Democracy in Cuba , in association with the highly-respected Konrad Adenauer Foundation.
The response from Havana has been much as expected.
According to this moronic article in Granma, the official newspaper of the Cuban Communist Party, the conference has been financed, organised and manipulated by Washington. Naturally.
The aim of the conference? Well, to sway “European public opinion in favor of the annexationist interests of the US”. Of course.
And the participants? They are categorised as “terrorists”, members of the "Cuban mafia" in Miami, mercenaries and assorted American lackeys, such as former Spanish prime minister Jose Maria Aznar.
But the paper’s most ridiculous attack is reserved for the former president of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Havel, who has been a long-standing public supporter of democratic change in Cuba.
Mr Havel is described as a “failed playwright” who is “always willing to spend a couple of days in a five-star hotel, all expenses paid”.