ONCE again the Spanish Partido Popular (PP) has unleashed its hatred upon Cuba. Gustavo de Arístegui, People's Power foreign affairs spokesperson, stated that "the democratic transition on the island will have to be initiated by force."
Chance or obligation? Arístegui came out with this sentence during a lecture he gave at a summer school conference on Spanish-U.S. relations at Complutense University in San Lorenzo de El Escorial.
The Partido Popular is known for its efforts to remain in Washington’s good books, even though this entails adopting a submissive attitude. Its most representative figure, José María Aznar, is a frequent visitor to the U.S., where he has a strong relationship with the powerful Zionist lobby.
Arístegui’s statements exemplify the Partido Popular servility to the United States and reveal the real democracy that these gentlemen are preaching, by inciting armed conflict in a free and sovereign nation such as Cuba, which many years ago defined its only way forward as socialism.
What moral right does the Partido Popular have to demand democracy in Cuba when demonstrators in its country are justifiably indignant about the democratic system under which they are living? What moral right does it have when peaceful protestors are being brutally repressed?
The Partido Popular is not promoting democracy but reprehensible ultra-right policies. One clear example of that is the current Education Law, known as LOU, a privatized reform of teaching which, since it came into effect in 2002, has provoked a number of demonstrations with countless arrests and young people who were not even involved awaiting trial.
The advantage analysts have given the Partido Popular in the upcoming elections has prompted Arístegui to let loose another barb in the forms of threats against Cuba, stating that when his party takes power bilateral relations will be governed with "a hard hand."
Who does this gentleman want to intimidate? His cheap bullying will come to nothing against the longstanding principles which have guided Cuba in its diplomatic relations, based on mutual respect and non-interference in countries’ internal affairs, principles evidently lacking in the case of the Partido Popular.