As part of its celebrations on Bastille Day, the French government invited representatives from Cuba. This undermines the EU’s position on diplomatic links with the benighted country, still suffering the military tyranny of Fidel Castro.
The EU froze links with the murderous dictator in 2003, after the arrest and persecution of some 78 dissidents there. There was a “thaw” in the EU’s position in February this year, when the EU embassies shamefully undertook to bar anyone opposed to Castro from their wretched cocktail parties.
I protested on my blog, alongside many others, and Vaclav Havel said, “It is hard to imagine a more shameful deal.” As always, appeasement did not pay off, and Cuba has continued its persecutions. Now France, in keeping with its amoral maverick stance on such matters, is the first country to extend an open hand of friendship to the Communist regime, which has been as undiluted a disaster for Cuba — in the half century it has oppressed and terrified the lovely archipelago — as the French Revolution was for the French.