31 Aug Jet Blue 387 Ft. Lauderdale to Santa Clara, Cuba
by Frank Rodríguez 8/31/16
Today 8/31/16 a salsa band played at a concourse in Fort Lauderdale International Airport marking the “historic first commercial flight” between the U.S. and Cuba since 1961. Actually, several U.S. airlines have been flying to Cuba for years as charter flights. Nevertheless, the adjective “historic” is attached to anything that happens after President Obama’s visit to Cuba this year. Under the tag “historic” the implication attaches that this event is something good or which brings about progress.
But in a very real sense what the media calls “historic” is in fact “hysterical”. The marketing department of Jet Blue is treating landing in Santa Clara, Cuba, as a fiesta, when in fact it is as if a Greyhound bus would be treated to salsa music on its maiden voyage to bring visitors to the state penitentiary.
Jet Blue’s C.E.O. Robin Hayes and the U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx were aboard this “prison-bound Greyhound” in anticipation to getting some Cuban cigars from the prison warden upon arrival.
Meanwhile, in the city of Santa Clara, Guillermo Fariñas, who earned the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought by the European Union has come home for the fourth time from the local hospital as he continues his complete fasting from food and drink because the Cuban regime refuses to heed his demand that the regime stop the physical beatings it regularly dispenses upon the Ladies in White and other opposition groups.
Those aboard Jet Blue 387 who headed to Santa Clara to visit their family members may witness the death of this courageous freedom fighter as his health is precarious on account of the many previous hunger strikes in which he has participated. Meanwhile, those U.S. tourists landing in Santa Clara in the infamous “people-to-people” showcase propaganda tours touted as the great action plan that will bring democracy to Cuba will be staying at hotels stolen from their rightful owners and directly guided to visit the Museum of the Battle of Santa Clara where they can buy Che T-shirts celebrating Che’s take over of an armored military train in 1958.
Those U.S. tourists should get off the train and on a Freedom Bus, which Jet Blue’s 387 certainly is not.