Saturday, May 5, 2007

Letter from Spanish King to Cuban dictator

Last month Spain's foreign minister visited Cuba. He brought with him a letter from the Spanish King, Juan Carlos, to fidel castro. According to the Spanish newspaper El PaĆ­s, the letter said the following:

“I send you my most affectionate greetings, with best wishes that you may continue your process of recovery and my gratefulness for the gift that you sent me in Colombia by way of Eusebio Leal (the historian of the city of Havana)... I take advantage of this opportunity to express my sincere wishes of prosperity for the beloved people of Cuba”.
Your Highness, with all due respect, let me spell something out for you. fidel's recovery and the prosperity of the Cuban people are mutually exclusive.

2 comments:

asombra said...

With all due respect? Are you serious? Due for what? For his job title, the one Franco got for him? For looking happy as a clam at countless champagne-and-caviar extravaganzas? I don't think so. I'm only interested in what he DOES with his job with respect to Cuba, and so far, I'm anything but impressed. Quite the opposite.

This repugnant "get well soon" letter is only the latest insult, and I do mean SERIOUS INSULT to the Cuban people. He HAD to know that, unless he's an idiot or a mere human rubber stamp for Zapatero. Then there's the gift from Castro he not only accepted but expressed thanks for. There are rumors the gift was a Sorolla painting from a Cuban museum, which would make it part of Cuba's patrimony. Whatever it was, it's disgusting.

If this (nominal) king wants MY respect, he needs to start with an official apology to the Cuban people and with giving back any and all "gifts" he's ever taken from Castro.

Henry Gomez said...

Asombra, I'm sure you detected the sarcasm in my post but in case you didn't, the expression of respect was sarcasm.