Since he unexpectedly won office in 2004, Spanish prime minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and his Socialist Party have gone out of their way to “repair” relations with the Castro regime.
Such repair work involved turning a blind eye to the many failings of the regime, not least the lack of democracy on the island and Castro’s appalling record on questions of human rights.
To be fair, the Spanish leader was doing what so many other Western and Latin American leaders have done over the past 50 years or so – dance to Castro’s well-rehearsed tune.
Their argument goes that by engaging with Castro and his thugs, by being accommodating towards Havana, by being cordial and understanding, the dictator will be encouraged to soften his hard line and accept change.
Well, yes, and pigs might fly, too.
So, after three years of accommodating Castro, of doing absolutely nothing to offend the regime, Mr Zapatero has just got a swift kick in the backside this morning from Havana. Talk about ingrates!
Following the highly publicised clash at the Ibero-American Summit last weekend between King Juan Carlos of Spain and that dangerous buffoon Hugo Chavez, the official Cuban media has let loose on the hapless Spaniards.
Using the characteristic vile that has made the Cuban official media such a joy to read, the newspaper Cuba Ahora has published a lengthy and officially-endorsed article describing King Juan Carlos as an arrogant and ignorant imbecile, among other things.
As for Mr Zapatero, the paper describes him as colonialist jerk, etc, etc.
Let’s see how Madrid reacts. If at all.
H/T Penultimos Dias.