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    The Dangers of Hatred

    The Dangers of Hatred / Miriam Celaya

    Cubanet, Norma Whiting, West Palm Beach, U.S., 29 April 2017 – The news,
    later refuted, of a supposed Cuban flag burning in recent days by
    Venezuelan demonstrators who oppose the government of Nicolás Maduro
    provoked diverse reactions on social networks and some Cuban websites.
    Many Cubans, mostly residing overseas, immediately expressed their
    indignation against Venezuelans at what they interpret as an affront to
    a national symbol they consider sacred, which does not represent in the
    least the dictatorial power that has ruled Cuba for almost sixty years,
    ultimately co-responsible for the deep political, social and economic
    crisis that Venezuela is currently experiencing.

    The misconception, however, was not completely unfounded, considering
    that a few years ago Cuban flags burned in connection with student
    protests in Venezuela.

    However, leaving aside anything smacking of nationalism, justified or
    not, the Venezuelans’ apocryphal pyromantic message against the Cuban
    flag in several important cities of their country would have made clear
    the rejection of the gross Cuban interference in Venezuela by Havana’s
    Palace of the Revolution, since it is not just the perverse tabernacle
    where the devastation of their nation has been cooked for years, but, to
    date, it’s the arena from where the strings of the Chávez-Maduro regime
    are manipulated, now decadent but, because of this, more dangerous.

    Thus, in any case, it should have been that evil power and not the Cuban
    national emblem that Venezuelans burned in their riots of recent days.
    In fact, the images from 2014 that caused the confusion leave no room
    for doubt when we see that several of the flags burned then carry Fidel
    Castro’s image on a bundle of dollars displayed under his face, and
    other pictures where the signs “Out with the Castros” and “Out of
    Venezuela” can be seen. At that time, they also set on fire mannequins
    that mimicked the now deceased creator of the longest dictatorship that
    has existed in this region.

    But it is also true that one of the dangers now is that, in the midst of
    the violence applied by the repressive bodies and the gangs incited by
    the central government against the demonstrators, their response will
    turn more violent. The Venezuelan crisis offers a much more convulsive
    and highly volatile and unstable scenario as a result of widespread
    hunger, the shortages and the needs of the population, social
    frustration, and the regime’s misrule, so that any situation can lead to
    uncontrollable chaos for any of the parties.

    In this context, popular indignation would not be able to discriminate
    between Cuba and Cubans on the one hand, and the Castro regime on the
    other, bypassing the irrefutable fact that the misfortune of living
    under autocratic regimes is something that nationals of both countries

    In this sense, and not wishing to be apocalyptic, it cannot be denied
    that the thousands of Cuban civilians who currently collaborate in the
    populist programs (called “missions”) of the Castro-Chávez alliance are
    very fragile links in the midst of the Venezuelan confusion, not only
    because they could easily become victims of the hatred, accumulated over
    many years, against a political project led by a gang of thieves and
    crooks which turned out to be a swindle, but because the perverse nature
    of the alliance between the hierarchs of Havana and Caracas would not
    hesitate for a second to sacrifice them motu proprio, and to attribute
    to the opposition the loss of life and the violence against Cuban civilians.

    The Cuban gerontocracy knows that the loss of Cuban lives would allow
    them to unleash a whole Witches’ Sabbath through their monopoly of the
    press, and would be a golden opportunity to stir the patriotic spirits
    of the masses in the hacienda in ruins, especially now, when the defunct
    revolution doesn’t have any credibility among Cubans, and when the final
    fall of ” twenty-first century socialism” also heralds (more) difficult
    times for the Cuban population.

    The fact that it would involve Cuban professionals, mostly in the health
    industry, who carry out a humanitarian mission of medical care to very
    poor populations, would add a dramatic touch that is extremely conducive
    to the propaganda effects of the Palace of the Revolution. Who could
    resist the tragedy of perhaps dozens of Cuban families?

    For now, the official Cuban press is keeping a suspicious, almost
    sepulchral, silence about what is taking place in Venezuela. Or it has
    lied cynically, as is evident in the printed version of the main
    official newspaper, Granma, which contained a brief note this past
    Monday, April 24, stating that “normalcy reigns” in Venezuela, despite
    the opposition to Maduro calling for demonstrations, the massive
    mobilizations that have flooded the streets of many cities in Venezuela
    since the beginning of April, and the dozens of deaths, mainly
    protesters’, that have taken place at the hands of the delinquents
    grouped in the sinister “collectives”, that variety of motorized
    terrorists at the service of the government who assassinate their
    compatriots with impunity, just for exercising their right to protest.

    Let us hope that the best children of Venezuela do not allow the just
    aspirations of freedom, justice and democracy of her people to be
    contaminated with criminal acts against Cuban civilian collaborators.
    They need to not give in to the hatred sown by officials in power. But,
    in any case, the evils that might take place in Venezuela will be the
    direct responsibility of the Cuban leadership and its puppets at the
    head of the Venezuelan government.

    (Miriam Celaya, a Havana resident, is currently visiting the U.S.)

    Translated by Norma Whiting

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