Yesterday’s news about the attempted hijacking at Jose Marti International Airport is a symptom of Cuba’s dysfunctional society.
Cuba is a violent and militaristic society.
Cuban children are taught, from a very early age, to be like Che. They are taught to assemble AK-47’s in schools as part of the revolutionary curriculum. Cuban children are brought up to hate. They are taught that the ends justify the means. They are taught to lay down their lives for the revolution because the collective is what matters, not the individuals. They are taught to be revolutionaries. Only revolutionary values are accepted. God and family are bourgeois vestiges of the obsolete classes of mankind’s imperialist past.
This hate filled curriculum is not subtle; it’s all encompassing. It consists of 24/7 propaganda and indoctrination.
Revolutions are about violent, abrupt and instant social change.
The Cuban youth is taught to idolize men like Fidel, Raul and Che. These are men who solved their problems with guns, bombs, kidnappings and blackmail. As long as they achieved their ultimate end, power, any means was justified.
It should not surprise anyone that youths who are a product of this culture of hate and violence would rebel and lash out and act exactly like Cuba’s revolutionary heroes would under the same circumstances.
Cuban society teaches its youths to be “revolutionaries”, yet turns around and forbids any kind of rebelliousness whatsoever. Cuba is a country where the majority of the population is under 40. The majority in Cuba are young, trained revolutionaries with nothing to rebel against except the regime.
I am afraid that Cuba may be on the verge of more violent acts. After Fidel Castro temporarily stepped down nine months ago, most Cubans expected some changes towards making their everyday lives a little easier. Even Raul acknowledged that he was tired of excuses about the food and transportation situation on the island. Yet, the only perceivable changes so far have been more repression and tighter workplace rules; a move to Stalinist orthodoxy where the victims get blamed for the crimes.
The Cuban regime knows that it is sitting on a powder keg. The answer is not more repression or allowing the Spanish Reconquista of the island to continue. The answer must be a move towards democracy because the new regime’s grace period is starting to run out and there is an island full of angry young people who want change.