HAVANA TIMES — Recently I was reading the national press of my country (Venezuela) and I found a brief interview with Yoani Sanchez, the ill-termed ““writer feared by the Castro government” (though I really doubt that the Castros feel daunted by her). In this interview, though, she was talking about Venezuela.
Journalist Andres Correa posed a series of questions to Sanchez – ones that honestly didn’t seem very interesting to me. However, the responses caught my attention.
An excerpt from the interview read:
Question: What looks more complicated: Cuba or Venezuela?
YS: I think Venezuela looks worse. It’s entering a path that we’re leaving. We’ll see. I don’t want to be too optimistic.
Question: How did you find out about the death of the Venezuelan president?
YS: I was concluding a conference in Prague when my husband sent me a text message. In Havana, the news came out at the same time that it did in Venezuela. I felt he was saying something that was already known. I understand official language very well. I can read between the lines. I have lived 37 years of my life under a system that specializes in silence and concealment. With the evolution of information since December, it was clear that his outcome would be death.
Question: What’s your opinion of Henrique Capriles? (the opposition candidate)
YS: He’s in a pretty difficult position. It’s a complicated situation because they’re using the emotion around the death as political capital. I’ve heard him. He seems consistent, measured, lucid. He doesn’t appeal to verbal violence, which is meritorious for a Latin American politician. He’s a young man. I wish him the best luck in the world.
Question: When are you going to Venezuela?
I haven’t received any invitation to go there, but if now I’ll be able to leave whenever I want, Venezuela is right there, I can hop over there any time.”
It appears that Sanchez, 37, still doesn’t know that when one doesn’t know anything about the topic or the issue they’re asked about, it’s better to keep their mouth shut so that they don’t reveal their ignorance of the subject. Sometimes silence is a means of demonstrating intelligence, at least in this case.
With the first question, Yoani Sanchez fully demonstrated her amazing lack of information about the history of a republic full of constant changes throughout its development and formation as a nation.
The problem is that one can never and will never be able to compare Cuban politics with Venezuelan politics. It shows a great deal of ignorance for a person to believe or even imagine that Venezuelan politics are a reflection of Castro politics, which have governed for decades in Cuba.
Yoani, in the second question, using a lexicon of a fortune teller, claimed that the death of Hugo Chavez was something already known. Then in another question that I didn’t cite (only so as not to make this article too long and tedious) she insinuated that she didn’t believe in the date of Chavez’s death.
Could it be that her prophesizing skills don’t permit her to understand the “truth” about what she seems “unaware”?
But it gets worse.
When questioned about Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles, she discredited all great Latin American politicians, regardless of their political distinctions. Yoani talked about a man who has declared himself an enemy of the Cuban people, a man unaware of their existence, a lawyer who doesn’t know the constitution of his country, a man lacking information about Venezuela’s history. Yoani merely improvised with a less than coherent response.
I’m not saying this because I’m against or in favor of the opposition candidate. Rather, it’s because what comes to my mind are those images of the 2002 coup in Venezuela when Capriles abused and violated the rights the diplomatic staff at the Cuban embassy.
However, after reading her interview, I realized the reason for all this. At the end of the interview she admitted to never having stepped on Venezuelan soil, which is why she’s become another victim, another of those people who talk about what they don’t know and simply believe what they think to be the case.
I hope Sanchez can come to Venezuela soon and change her perspective about a country that’s unknown to her. Actually I have very little interest in her political aims. This is for the simple fact that I defend my politics and will not touch on a subject that is for the Cuban people to define – because that’s their history.
(*) Wilson Moreno is a 19-year-old Venezuelan living in Caracas.