Multi-party elections bad. In Cuba.
Take Seamus Milne, a columnist and associate editor with the left-leaning British daily, The Guardian.
Mr Milne has just written a review of Ignacio Ramonet’s authorised “biography” of Castro, which is published in the UK under the title “My Life”. A steal at just 25 Pounds, by the way.
The reviewer gives the book a pretty good wrap, describing it as a terrific reference source.
“For some, Cuba's resistance to multi-party elections, its clampdown on those who work with the US against the regime, its shortages and bureaucracy mark Castro down as a failed dictator, even if the only prisoners tortured and held without trial on the island are in the US base at Guantánamo,” Mr Milne writes.
“But for millions across the world, Cuba's resistance to US domination, its internationalist record in Africa and Latin America, its achievements in health and education and its pursuit of an independent, anti-capitalist course remain an inspirational point of reference.”
Get it? Multi-party elections are good. In Britain. Or Pakistan, perhaps. But in Cuba, they are bad. A luxury. Who needs multi-party elections when you are busy attacking capitalism?
As for those who risk their lives working against an oppressive regime ... In Burma, say, they are regarded as honourable and courageous dissidents, which they are. In Cuba, however, they are nothing but US-backed mercenaries.
You can read the review here.