Congratulations, Yoani! You have proven, once more, that the pen is mightier than the sword. We’re so proud of your courage and your talent. You are bringing about the change we have all been expecting for years. The power of your words is creating a global impact that no other rhetoric, hard-line ideology or bowing down to tyranny has been able to achieve.
You’ve done it — quietly, consistently, humbly, fearlessly. Such is the fiber of heroes. Godspeed!
Rosa B. Cuervo, Miami
Is the pen mightier than the sword?
No offense to Yoani Sánchez. Her work is commendable and the media love-affair convenient. But no human-rights abusers have ever been reformed by what is written about them. Sadly, true reform will always require something mightier than a pen, and a sword won’t cut it nowadays.
One hundred thousand Yoanis with a pen won’t reform any dictatorship. All any one of them will get is a three-month world tour of media events, free meals and hotel stays from hosts showering praise and attention. But they can do nothing to end the suffering. Then they go back to the misery.
Human-rights abusers never reform, they only flee when they fear for their lives. And only when they flee do the people have a chance to start again and try to be free.
Robert Luaces, Miami
Like good friends who had let a misunderstanding destroy a relationship, Cuba and the United States for the past 50 years have been stubborn, headstrong and fierce enemies. But I think that both countries are getting tired because, in the end, they really need each other.
Now consider Yoani Sánchez, Cuba’s biggest voice for freedom on our shores. To our Little Havana ears, her declaration that “the U.S. embargo favors the Castro regime more than hurts it, and that it should be eliminated” is probably the one piece of the political puzzle needed to be put in place, but that local politicians don’t have the guts to suggest.
Take into account that Cuba’s population of 11 million is in dire need of the most basic necessities. We do business with communist China and Vietnam halfway around the world, mostly because of cheap labor. Consider cheap labor 90 miles away.
Sánchez will be the catalyst between the bickering Cuba and United States for that magical coming together to make amends. So, might it be that Sánchez’s voice is really that of the Cuban government saying, “We want to strike a deal and a peaceful accord?” At the same time, lobbyists in Congress are pushing the “business” card, looking for a way around the Little Havana political blockade. Sánchez then becomes that person of reason and understanding in bringing the two together, and both countries save face.
And to lend weight to Sánchez’s message, expect Pope Francis to visit Cuba. His Vatican protocol, radical to many, reintroduced to the Catholic Church what Jesus taught his followers.
Ernie Garcia, Miami
Re the Bay of Pigs Veterans Association giving its approval to Yoani Sánchez’s visit to Miami: The Bay of Pigs Veterans Association, the supreme Cuban-exile organization in Miami, has approved of Yoani Sánchez’s visit to Miami. The association’s members, like Cuba’s Communist leaders, are mostly over 80. Just like the old Cuban leaders, these gentlemen don’t realize that the time has come for them to step aside. And perhaps if the family members of the Cuban-American members of Congress who received Sánchez with such solidarity, would have shown similar solidarity to Brigade 2506 and joined it on Cuba’s beaches in April 1961, they would now be living in “their” Cuba.
Frank Gonzalez, Miami