15.4.09

What does Castro Want from Obama? Dialog or Subservience?

Judging from the 4 reflections he's published since the announcement on the lifting of some restrictions on Cuba 2 days ago, it's not clear whether Castro wants to dialog and negotiate with Obama or dictate, or quantums of both.

Obama is fortunate not to have been born in Cuba for he would surely be in grave danger of being silenced for acting on his political beliefs.

At this point the question seems to be not what Obama should respond (he already has), but how. Perhaps the US President should guide himself by what he would do if he were running for office against Castro in the U.S. or Cuba. There are substantial differences of course, for would Castro be willing to debate him or other Cubans on Cuban National TV? Perhaps he should ask Castro what would happen if he were Cuban and attempt to make his political views publicly known throughout the nation, encourage others to follow him, form a political party and call elections.

In my next few posts and if all goes well, I'll be posting my reflections on Castro's 4 latest reflections, that is, those he's published since the announcement. In the meantime, you can read Castro's reflections yourself. Only 2 of the 4 have been translated by Granma up until now. These are the links:

"On the blockade, not one word was said" - April 13, 2009 6:12 p.m.

"Days that cannot be forgotten" April 14, 2009 - 11:15 a.m.

"┬┐Tiene la OEA derecho a existir?" April 14 de 2009 - 4:43 p.m.

"No hay descanso para el mundo" April 14 de 2009 -7:02 p.m.

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