A pact of silence exists between the governing elites of Cuba and USA. A law approved by Bush in 2001 allows people to study medicine in Cuba and practise as if they were US graduates, without examinations and hospital training, courtesy the pact.
I ONCE TOOK the liberty of calling the office of Congressman Diaz-Balart (nephew of Fidel Castro and Republican Congressman) to enquire about the possibility that the Diaz-Balart family has used its influence on the employment of Alina Fer-nandez-Revuelta (Castro’s daughter) as a volunteer in a Veterans Hospital in Miami, Florida.
The Secretary (at Diaz-Balart’s Office) tersely stated: "I am sorry I cannot reply to that question, goodbye" and hung the phone. This is one of the examples of the pact of silence obtaining between the governing elites of Cuba and the USA. Juanita Castro (Raul and Fidel Castro’s sister) called for clemency. In response, the ideal thing would be reconciliation but both sides would have to admit wrongs and the fact that there is a possible pact of silence between the Republicans, Democrats, and Communists in the American Continent.
In 1966, Castro founded a concentration camp called UMAP for those who were not in agreement with Castro. Catholics, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, and Rock Musicians (with their supporters) were placed together in this concentration camp to be "educated on the errors of their ways". One of the famous victims was Father Jaime Ortega (the present Cardinal of La Habana).
In 1967, four teenagers between 15 and 17 years of age formed a group called Los Pacificos (The Pacifics) and did a rock concert in a Havana neighbourhood. They recorded nine songs in two hours. Their purpose was to bring peace, love, and harmony. For this, the group was sent to prison and the youngest member of the group, Carlos Davila, was sent to die in Angola during the 1970’s. Luckily, the tape was rescued and was released as a CD here in Miami. Unfortunately, the group did not receive a rescue or a mention, secondary to the pact of silence.
Another artist called Meme Solis (who started his career in the 1950’s) was sentenced to 20 years in anonymity (1969) for his desire to leave Cuba and for writing "degenerate music". He was set free in 1989 after a little help from Felipe Gonzalez (Socialist Prime Minister of Spain, 1982-1996).
I would also like to expose a law approved by Bush in 2001. This law allows people to study medicine in Cuba and practise as if they were US graduates, without examinations and hospital training programmes. This has been a slap in the face of international medical graduates (including those born in USA) and US medical graduates who have to take elaborate medical examinations and undergo medical training. No one mentions it because of the pact of silence. Independent of the fact that Castro may have some popularity, I still think that the reason why Cuba has not moved toward democracy is that in Cuba, the only propaganda al-lowed has been Castro.
In Miami, Florida, many talked about democracy in Cuba and in reality have made deals with Castro. Even the US politicians have made deals and Castro’s next door neighbour is a Representative of the US interest section in Cuba. We should also remember that Washington collaborated with the Castros in destroying a ship leaving Cuba (1994) and shooting down a plane (1996). For further information about Cuba, I talked with an individual who was an employee of the US embassy in Cuba and was present at the time (1958-959). This has also been corroborated by declassified documents. Here is the story of this individual:
December 31, 1958
Batista receives a call from the US embassy. Eisenhower sent a message to Batista via the US embassy that it was time for him to go and that Castro must be installed. Batista leaves. When news of Batista’s departure spreads through La Habana, the Congress designates a Provisional President (who according to the 1940 Constitution, is the President of the Congress). Eisenhower via the US Embassy telephones the President of Congress that, "Castro and his people must be installed as Head of Cuba".
January 1, 1959
The Cuban Congress is forced to accept Castro. Batista left for the Dominican Republic (where, according to declassified documents of the Trujillo Years in the DR, he was humiliated, briefly imprisoned and then expelled to Spain). In other conversations, a former Cuban politician (whom I interviewed on condition of anonymity), stated that in 1957, a group of Cuban politicians offered Batista a way out via elections. These politicians presented as their candidate an individual not affected by the internal conflicts of Cuban politics, called Carlos Marquez Sterling. (This was the same Carlos Marquez Sterling who condemned Batista’s 1952 coup and predicted that with the coup, Cuba would go from bad to worse). The response of Batista and Eisenhower to Sterling was "No".
These stories have also been told as an example of this pact of silence. It is a story that has been repeating itself in Zimbabwe, Venezuela, and the USA. The same way that Communism must be phased out in Cuba, Zimbabwe, and Venezuela, Republicans and Democrats must be phased out by peaceful means in America.