Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Cuba policy and the story of the frog and the scorpion

"A scorpion wanted to cross a river, so he asked the frog to carry him. The frog refused because the scorpion would sting him. That would not be logical, explained the scorpion, because if he stung the frog they would both drown. So the frog agreed to carry the scorpion. Half way across, the frog felt a terrible pain - the scorpion had stung him. There is no logic in this, exclaimed the frog. I know, replied the scorpion, but I cannot help it - it is my nature." - Orson Welles, Confidential Report (1955

If media reports are accurate the Obama administration is rushing to remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terror.  The Castro regime has a long track record of sponsoring terrorism.  President Obama has tried to downplay the February 24, 1996 shoot down as a "tragic circumstance" not the premeditated act of state terrorism that it was. No doubt in part to justify commuting the life sentence of Gerardo Hernandez, the man found guilty of conspiracy to murder the four humanitarians. 

This is being done in a rushed fashion in order apparently to avoid an embarrassment at the upcoming Summit of the Americas and to try to rack up a foreign policy success that the political establishment with regards to Cuba has been trying to portray as low hanging fruit

The trouble is that this new policy is based on ignoring the character of the Castro regime and its 56 year history. The parable of the scorpion and the frog first stated by Orson Welles in the 1955 film Confidential Report seems appropriate in this new relationship between the Obama administration and the Castro dictatorship.

Welles's parable is a variation of Aesop's Fable of "The Farmer and the Viper" with the moral that "kindness is thrown away on evil."

Let us hope and pray that in this case Oscar Wilde is wrong and life does not imitate art. 

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