Jimmy Carter’s “Ignominious Report”
Jimmy Carter's "Ignominious Report"
By Alberto de la Cruz on 04/07/2011 – 8:59 am PDT
Pedazos de la Isla has the thoughts of former Cuban prisoner of
conscience Normando Hernandez regarding Jimmy Carter's trip to Cuba.
by Normando Hernandez, ex-prisoner of conscience
Outrageous. Offensive to the intelligence, value, and sacrifices
of those who honorably oppose the tyrannical government of the Castro
brothers. That's how I describe the report made by former US president
Jimmy Carter upon concluding his visit to Cuba.
In the insulting one-thousand-seven-hundred-forty-two (1,742) word
report, the most famous peanut vendor in the world only used sixty-six
(66) of these words to mention the reunion he had with those who risk
their lives to achieve freedom and democracy for the injured Cuban people.
He was not capable of even respecting, honoring the humility,
decency, sincerity, modesty, and honesty of the peaceful dissidents and
opposition members he met with.
The document, which many consider to be an accomplice of the Cuban
military dictatorship, did not mention a single word on the declarations
made by the blogger Yoani Sanchez about "the necessity for freedom of
expression and free access to the internet for all Cubans".
The Declaration of All Cubans, handed in by the leader of the
Christian Liberation Movement, Oswaldo Paya, was also ignored. This
declaration states that, "We (dissidents) are subjected to the heavy
fire of repression, threats, slander, exclusion, and forced silence in
media outlets within the country and even many stations outside of Cuba".
In regards to the upcoming Cuban Communist Party Congress, the
Declaration of Paya assures that, "The Congress of a party which
condones mechanisms which rob the freedom of an entire nation which
impose a culture of fear, condemns the poorest inhabitants to even
deeper poverty, and removes their voice so that they can't even denounce
that they are poor…a Congress like that cannot represent an entire
country. The real Congress of the entire country will happen when there
are free and democratic elections presided over by changes in the laws
which would guarantee all rights for all Cubans in an atmosphere of
reconciliation and transparency which would cultivate peace, fraternity,
and justice in Cuba…" Not a single one of these words were included in
the ignominious report penned by Mr. Carter.
Why does Fidel Castro's friend not mention the Declaration of All Cubans
in his report? Could it be that the Cuban government prohibited him
from doing so, the same way that many others think they prohibited him
from meeting with Guillermo Farinas, Martha Beatriz Roque Cabello, Jorge
Luis Garcia Perez Antunez, and Reina Luisa Tamayo, mother of Orlando
Zapata Tamayo, the martyr who was assassinated in prison by
representatives of the Castro brothers, in the same way that he was kept
from meeting with many other dignified peaceful dissidents and
opposition activists, who on a daily basis face the obstacles thrust in
their way by those who rule Cuba the same way a warden would run his farm.
I am not going to mention other reports by honorable Cubans in regards
to the reality of the largest of the Antilles, for if I resort to doing
so this article will go on forever.
I will also not comment about what Mr. Carter refers in his report
because, contrary to his actions, I am not a spokesperson for the
government that has assassinated the most people in all of the
Republican history of "the most beautiful land ever seen by human eyes".
If anyone wants to read his statements they can find it on the internet.
I will only let myself say that Mr. Carter and his report have only
proved correct those who have criticized him for many years due to his
sympathetic attitude towards some of the cruelest regimes that have ever
existed. Some have said that Carter sickens them, while others suggest
that he is an Agent of Influence for the Castro brothers.
I am only paraphrasing our apostle, Jose Marti, and am expressing that
whoever remains silent in the face of the crime is just as criminal as
he who perpetrates it, more so when that person is an accomplice of the
I assure Carter that the friend of the enemies of my country are not my