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La Habana, 3 de agosto de 1998, Cuba Free Press.

HAVANA, July 29, 1998, Cuba Free Press.

INVOLUNTARY CONFESSIONS. By Germán Castro, Cuba Free Press.

HAVANA, Cuba Free Press.—The Cuban revolution has, like most political movements, a heavy and thick demagogy and nebulous rhetoric, things that provoke multiple confusion. But like anything else, it is possible to see through the midst of this shadowy atmosphere.

It's only a matter of knowing that what causes such confusion is words. Words that come between the listener and the object, forming a triangle between it and the one who is speaking. Words that even using the same language, never express exactly what is meant to be told, and oftentimes express other things – such is, in the end, one of the traits of politics.

It is the light between the lines what constitutes the "confession". A confession, to be sure, involuntary, but a confession nevertheless.

If we are to take the Cuban revolutionary discourse from 1959 to the present, one would find that: It isn't even needed to memorize its elements because, in the first place, it has changed very little, and secondly, because it has only done so to adapt to changing circumstances and not in a change of concept.

Moreover, no exaggeration is needed. In the same manner as we don't have to wait for Fidel Castro to kneel alongside a priest, even if it is the Pope himself. It is all in the discourse. Right on the text. It is within what is being said and what is not being said and what is being said in other ways. It's in the reality.

Let's not go any further, for example, it is found in the sessions of the 5th Plenary session of the Popular Power National Assembly which recently concluded in Havana. And the method to "listen" to it is very simple. Simply to find just one, among the proposals forwarded by the Council of Ministers, which were approved in unanimity, just one that can give us some guidance. Let's just take the one that seeks to limit the cutting down of trees and promote forest growth - lofty goal indeed - which closely follows the fashionable concern over this topic. However, and therein lies the "hidden confession" – there's some evidence that there's at least one other dimension to this issue.

Simply remember that the indiscriminate cutting down has been a recurring problem since the times we were a colony, it is also a legacy that four decades of revolution have not been able, (or haven't bothered) to resolve.

We Cubans have had to see, helpless, how our fields of trees have disappeared, which used to be as common as the palm tree. Hence, this is as much an inherited problem, as due to improvisation, irresponsibility, lack of controls, and the caprices of State centralization, and the negligence and avarice of the past.

The same could be said about other accords like those relating to the budget allocated to improve telephone service, gas, and water, which, in addition to being minimal, serve to provide with another three "confessions": 1) That these services are presently, even at this state, in a chaotic situation, a chaos that so many years of revolution have been unable to prevent; 2) That due to the circumstances, the sudden concern to demonstrate that something is being done to raise the standard of living of the population seems to be seeking some expected gain, and that an increase in disappointment and lack of confidence seems to be increasing, and 3) They are recognizing the capitalist method as the most efficient to stimulate savings, hence raising the tariffs.

What should be said about the official statements against those who are accumulating currency? Isn't this an obvious confession that they are not willing to take a chance on losing (or on having to share) power?

Should we continue it would be easy to find, just about everywhere, between the positive and triumphant statements, that confessions abound. Of course, the main ones, the type which would be enough to send the confessor to hell indeed, the types that are made – yes, are made – behind closed doors because they belong to the silence of reality. But in the end they are listened to carefully and they are understood. All you have to do is have a good ear.

By Germán Castro, Cuba Free Press.

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