Thursday, August 23, 2007

Old friends, new enemies

Nearly two decades after the spectacular collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe, the Castro regime still hasn’t got over the loss of its once fraternal allies.

Over the past few years, the dinosaurs in Havana have regularly attacked the democratically-elected governments of Poland, the Czech Republic and even the poor old Bulgarians.

Their crime? Having the temerity to question human right violations in Cuba – and demand democratic change.

Now, it’s the turn of the mild-mannered Hungarians.

In a characteristically nasty note published today by the official Cuban media, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs has attacked the Hungarians as “lackeys” of the Empire. And hypocrites. And capitalist running dogs. And … you get the drift.

This followed a decision by Hungary to take in a small group of Cuban would-be refugees stranded at the US base in Guantanamo Bay, providing them with political asylum.

As Reuters reports: “Eastern European countries, which were formerly staunch allies of Castro's government before Soviet communism collapsed, have now become Havana's fiercest critics for suppressing human and political rights”.

Too right.

That’s because the Eastern Europeans – unlike those in the West - had first-hand experience of how Communist regimes work.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is a scandal that Eastern European countries with relatively little historical connection with Cuba are behaving FAR more honorably than a country like Spain, which is at least nominally Cuba's "mother."

Generally speaking, the Western European countries have wanted (and still want) to have their cake and eat it, too. Anti-Americanism is a big part of that, but so is being fashionably leftish. If Castro had been a right-wing tyrant, of course, things would have been QUITE different. Ah, hypocrisy!

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