20 August 2008

Where Pigs Fly...

The Cuban revolution has always been about a pig.

They have managed to get a pig and put some lipstick on it and say “look no one has ever been able to put lipstick on pig before!”

And their leftist friends abroad have admired and praised the make up and even marveled at the flying pig even though they know damn well the pig is only flying in the face of all that is good and decent.

It’s as amazing as it is incomprehensible.

Today I came across a headline:

“Cuba, needing more food, opens fields to entrepreneurs”

At first, I thought that it had to do with allowing foreign companies to come in and set up farming interests. But no, astoundingly, they were referring to Raul’s recent edict of allowing Cuban farmers to farm some more government land.

So basically they took the pig that is sharecropping and put the entrepreneurial lipstick on it to make the pig attractive.

In another example, this one getting a lot of press since it was published in the Miami Herald:

Cuba reaps goodwill from doctor diplomacy

… Meet the Cuban doctor, the most widely deployed and effective ideological and diplomatic weapon in the almost 50 years since Fidel Castro seized control of the island. And, in the past few years, the most profitable export of the country's economy…

… The strategic deployment of doctors to the world's toughest places has garnered Cuba praise and much goodwill. As Feinsilver notes in her book, that goodwill has contributed to the island's election to leadership positions in many international organizations from the late 1970s to the present, including the Non-Aligned Movement and the United Nations Security Council…

Now, clearly Cuba is exploiting its citizens by selling them as indentured servants at best or commodities at worst, to score propaganda points and make the pig look good. But rather than say “Cuba reaps profits off slave doctor labor”, they choose to call the indentured servitude of the Cuban doctors abroad as “diplomacy” when it’s clear that they understand that the regime’s motivation is profits and propaganda

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