Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Pope Blinks

Judging from the reports coming out of Cuba (go to the excellent Babalu blog for a roundup of the Pope's activities) the Pope went eye-to-eye with the Pizarro Castro brothers . . . and blinked. He did not meet the dissidents; did not speak up for the Ladies in White; and made no clear call for an end to the repression. He had some mild, indirect criticisms of Cuba's economy, but even then took the easy route: he criticized the US "embargo" for adding to the difficulties facing Cuba (Note: Depending on the year, the US is Cuba's fourth or fifth largest trading partner--some "embargo.")

The Pope joins the apparently endless list of foreign dignitaries who have let down and even betrayed the people of Cuba in order to curry favor with the Castrosaurus.  One would have thought, hoped, prayed that one of the world's major religious figures would have stood up openly, loudly, and vigorously in defense of the Cuban people's God-given rights. That was not to be.

One day, perhaps not too far in the future, the Castro regime will die.  One can only hope that then, at a minimum, we will see some sense of shame over how the world acquiesced in the imprisonment, murder, and forced exile of the Cuban people.

But, then perhaps, that, too, is too much to expect.

1 comment:

  1. Certainly no John Paul II. Of course, and I think this is the difference, Benedict is (West) German, and John Paul was Polish. A vast difference in what life offered each, and what each saw as repression.