Friday, September 08, 2006

Why Does Washington Avoid Exchanges of Ideas with Cuba?

Vanguardia

AIN

06 de Septiembre de 2006

Washington's policy towards Cuba must have aseptic aims of avoiding the contamination of American scientists, artists, writers, journalists and others with the infective influence of the island.

There could not be any other reason for the increasing number of White House prohibitions to stop or limit the free exchange of ideas with the island in the fields of science, arts and people-to-people exchanges in general.

If the United States in theory is the ideal society --developed, strong and a universal reference in all essential aspects of human existence--, as claimed by its ideologists, why then so much fear?

It is evident that today's Cuban society, despite limitations and problems still unresolved, offers a very different panorama from the statements made by US officials, right wing Miami-based Cuban-American elements and a good part of the country's mass media. The advances on the island in the fields of education, health, social assistance and social security and the general organization of society, place the country in a privileged position in relation to the majority of Latin American nations and even above broad sectors of US society. These contrasts are so evident that even the most unwary visitor would appreciate the differences and could prove the lies in relation with Cuba.


In Cuba a visitor will never see children wondering the streets, nor homelessness, nor street protests demanding better wages - much less people tortured or "disappeared." They will see a society without luxuries, but without contrasts; a place where all its citizens have equal possibilities, are guaranteed their basic needs and live with security.

The average Cuban is hospitable, speaks out, cheerful, optimistic, has a high level cultural development and are well informed on the situation in the country and the world. They are capable of evaluating the most important political, cultural and sports events.

Cuba, with over 750,000 university graduates and over 3 million students in all levels, constitutes a point of reference in the field of technical sciences, humanities, and the arts - qualities which place the island in an excellent position for people-to-people exchanges. The island's system of democracy, despite being one of the key targets in Washington's anti-Cuban propaganda, is a model when it comes to the participation of its citizens.

People are guaranteed involvement through Cuba's system of social and grassroots organizations working in connection with government institutions in support of the general public. Cubans are objective and subjective, promoters and protagonists, and are solicitors and beneficiaries of this complex system which, in addition, is undergoing constant improvement.

These reasons makes today's Cuba a model that is radically differs of that which the US attempts to portray as unique and universal. Bush and his neo-fascist team, much more than previous administrations, hides this reality from the American people, who are fooled each day by the idea that the island is a diabolic and terrorist state only 90 miles away of its shores - a potential threat to their national security. If this were true, elemental logic indicates that the most intelligent thing to do would be to leave the US people alone, to let them see for themselves the reality on the island without lies or negative intentions.

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