Gutierrez, the highest ranking official of Cuban American origin in the US government, shows his hate of the Cuban Revolution while demonstrating his ignorance of the past and present on the island where he only lived up to seven years of age from 1953 to 1960.

He is one of the least capable of passionately defending, as he affirms, the failed and anachronistic policy maintained by Washington against the island since January 1959 and obsessively tightened in 2000 by the current administration.

Demagogy and manipulation go hand in hand with ignorance in the report offered by Gutierrez in a conference organized by the Council of the Americas, in Washington.

Of course, it could not be any other way. This close collaborator of Bush shared the presidency, with Condoleezza Rice, of the so called Commission for Assistance for a Free Cuba author of the Bush Plan with over 400 measures aimed at destroying the Revolution and annexing the country.

Gutierrez continued with the thesis that “Castro has attempted to blame the United States for the island’s economic problems, but the responsibility lies in his own policies”.

He deliberately hides that during the 44 year old economic war against Cuba it has registered loses estimated at over 86 billion dollars, equivalent to several year’s GDP.

This man, who has become the anti Cuba spokesperson of the latest generation, rejects any possible dialog between Cuba and the US. Any other reaction by Gutierrez is out of the question; his arrogant and imperious mentality makes him incapable of having a conversation with respect and on an equal status with those he considers inferior.

But this Senor makes himself look ridiculous when he assumes the position of the Guru on Cuban issues and presents the Cuban people of today as “workers on the last plantation in Latin America”.

The smart Trade Secretary shows regrettable ingenuity. In this case he sins with his ignorance and not bad memory. He was barely a child when the plantations in Cuba belonged to the United Fruit Company, King Ranch and others, which brutally exploited the workers forced to work for low wages and live in miserable huts, without any social assistance.

He also ignores the over 100,000 families of sharecroppers and tenants, forced to work land that did not belong to them under the hot sun and who were permanently threatened by eviction.

In Cuba, with 6 million inhabitants when Gutierrez was born, there were a million totally illiterate: 20 percent of the population of working age were unemployed and another 600,000 workers tied to sugar production, who only worked three months a year and barely survived the rest in the so called “dead period”, a term which apparently Senor Gutierrez never heard of.

What an embarrassment that this person, allied to the right wing Cuban American mafia, be cast in the role of redeemer!

We recommend, to help him get rid of some his lies, that he read the report on the Cuban reality of 1954, a year after his birth, by the Catholic University Group.

It would be too much to ask him to read the self-defense made by President Fidel Castro during the trial for the attack on the Moncada Garrison. Although that would be even more convincing.

Author: Angel Rodríguez Alvarez

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