Thursday, February 7, 2013

"For some reason they ignore me"

Picking up on an old theme, Lech Walesa told TV Marti that Cuba’s dissidents suffer from having too many chiefs and too few Indians. 

“In Cuba there are too many leaders in the opposition and there are not individuals of sufficient strength, so I believe that the Cuban tragedy lies in the fact that there are too many leaders,” he said. 

Also: “I have been in continuous contact with the Cuban opposition, I have tried to give advice, but for some reason they ignore me, and I believe that Cuba should adopt other means of struggle against the regime and seek positive solutions.  I believe that all Cubans should visualize how the country would be under a different government, how they could earn more money and have better jobs and better businesses in a country with a transformed regime.”  Part of this visualizing should involve “being ready, to the point where specific individuals should be designated for specific posts” in a new government, he said.


Anonymous said...

Walleza is right about there being too many chiefs and too few indians.

But his is a symptom and not the basic cause of the situation.

The basic situation is that all these wannabee leaders are not interested in finding an eventual solution to the Cuban crisis but in prolonging the present situation of subverting the Cuban totalitarian government so that they can continue to live off the US taxpayers,

Also that the US government has not adopted a sensible plan to eventually solve the present situation, chosen a set of adequate Cuban opposition leaders that would be qualified to implement it and cut all subsidies to the rest of the members of the opposition that would not agree to accept the program and to obey the leaders chosen to carry it out.

Continuing to subsidize a program that is so divided and is led by such inefficient and unqualified opportunistic leaders solely interested in receiving handouts is sheer madness.

If there is a desire for the opposition to succeed rapidly,
a unified and efficient leadership must be imposed from above by the US government because the Cuban opposition movements with their present leadership will not accomplish it by themselves.

Ifimposing a unified leadership from above were to become a US government policy, it might make sense to name individual Cubans candidates to shadow government positions and to speak out on prospective solutions for the country's problems within the sphere of activities alloted to them.

But without this imposition from above, asking the different opposition groups to create such a government in exile with members occupying the different shadow ministries would just accentuate the existing divisions among them because they would continue tos quablle about the positions they would each occupy and the US government subsidies each group would receive.


Anonymous said...

The solution of imposing a unified government was already tried in the days before the Bay of Pigs and broke down because of the lack of leadership qualities of the Cuban politicians chosen to head the government in exile and due to the wrong policies that resulted int Bay of Pigs fiasco.

But maybe its the right time to attempt it once more considering the lack of popular support that the totalitarian Cuban government faces because of its failed policies.

However, if such an attempt will be carried out the US government must avoid the mistakes that were previously made and not seek to force an armed solution to the present situation.

A pacific long term solution to the Cuban crisis carried out autonomosly by the population of the island should be sought.

This means that the unified Cuban opposition movement created and backed by the US government must gain the support of the population of the island and successfully subvert the totalitarian government without having to resort to the direct military intervention of the US government.

The problem is that the US government does not want the responsibility of chosing a shadow government because it fears that this might be counterproductive and result in increased nationalistic support form the island's population.

Also it has not found the right policies that would successfully stimulate the subversion of the Cuban government.

On the other hand, without a successful US government involvement the unification of the Cuban opposition movement and the overthrowal of teh totalitarian dictatorship seem out of reach.

The Cuban opposition within and outside the island is too busy squabbling among its different factions to overthrow the Cuban government by themselves.

By the way, the squabbling is encouraged actively by government agents infiltrated among the different opposition groups that have as their primary task to keep them divided so that they cannot destabilize the government.


Anonymous said...

The result is a catch 22 imbroglio tha does not seem to have a short run solution.

The imposition of a unified leadership from above will face the opposition of all the opposition groups within and outside the island at present drawing US government subsidies that would be excluded from participating.

This would, of course, eventually cease if some intelligent manner of implementing such policies could be found.

A possible solution would be for some residual benefits of present subsidies were to be alloted to the excluded groups and if they were made to perceive that their continued opposition to the imposed arrangement would lead to the suspension of these remaining residual subsidies.

An alternative but much less likely solution would be for the unified leadership of the opposition movement within the island to eventually arrive through a consensus from the leadership of existing groups, or through the work of an outstanding leader that would convince all groups to coalesce behind his leadership.

Both of these solutions would of course, face the organized sabotage of Cuban government agents infiltrated within the island's opposition groups since the principal task of these agents is to prevent all opposition groups from coalescing and working together to destabilize the existing totalitarian government.

furthermore there is no dobt of any sort that these would take agents would take all sorts of active measures, including prison terms and even assasinatio, to stop a consensus agreement or eliminate a leader that could carry out this purpose.

So, in the short run, only the imposition of a unified leadership from above by the US governemnt seems capable of being applied.

However, given the unfavourable impact this decision would have on the international relations of the US, it seems unlikely that this soluton will not be ever enforced.

Therefore, all we can expect for the moment due to the lack of a definitve solution is the continuation of a catch 22 situation.

This is the present policies of having groups composed of too many chiefs and too few indians squabbling among themselves over access to US government subsidies and doing all in their power to stop a sensible solution to the present crisis from occuring that would imperil their modus vivendi.

I only wish that Obama and Kerry could find a way to cut through this Gordian knot and find a sensible way out of this catch 22 situation!