T.A. Frank in The New Republic:

Non-despotic countries may complain about tyranny, but at least they do not have to tolerate a steady stream of provocations by reactionaries, self-seekers, and political dwarfs. The outposts of tyranny have maintained a positive outlook despite the impertinence of their critics, and, as the saying goes, living well is the best revenge. Failing that, however, the quelling of dissent is a close second…

Cuba. Cuba has been the calmest and happiest tyranny lately. Perhaps that’s because it’s been enjoying a visit from the “16th U.S.-Cuba Friendshipment Caravan,” as reported in the article “CUBA IS STRONG AND BEAUTIFUL, SAYS U.S. CARAVAN MEMBER.” And smart and handsome, too. The article relates that “[t]he 16th Pastors for Peace U.S. Cuba Friendshipment Caravan includes 145 people divided into groups to visit Villa Clara, Havana, Matanzas and the special municipality of the Isle of Youth.” To be sure, these guests might sound irritating; but, with visitors like Oliver Stone, perhaps Cuba cannot afford to be too choosey.

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