'Normalization' Doesn't Bring Hope for Change, It Kills It

Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Yesterday, we corrected the media's disingenuous reporting about "rare" protests in Cuba.

This morning, the BBC adds this whopper: "Visa protest sign of new boldness in Cuba."

New boldness?

The BBC was founded in 1922, so surely it's historical memory can't be that short.

Does the BBC not remember when Cubans crashed a bus through the compound of the Peruvian Embassy in Havana, and a couple of days later, over 10,000 people were crammed seeking asylum in the small diplomatic compound?

That was the prelude to Mariel in 1980.

Does the BBC not remember the "Maleconazo," where thousands of thousands of Cubans took to the streets of Havana shouting "Libertad!" ("Freedom!")?

That was the prelude to the rafter's crisis of 1994.

Elitist thinking in Washington and the media is that Cubans are happy to live under the Castor dictatorship, so long as they can sell chachkas and receive tips from foreign tourists.

What Carter (1980), Clinton (1994) and Obama (2015) never realized (or want to realize) is that "normalization" doesn't bring "hope" for change in Cuba.

To the contrary, it signals the end of "hope" for change.

The greatest irony Obama's current policy is how embracing an octogenarian dictatorship is spun by the media as "progressive change."

To the contrary, it normalizes the status quo.

Thus, another refugee crisis.