Shame on Cuba for attending the 59th International Fair in Damascus. The trade show & cultural exchange had been suspended since the revolution began in 2011 so Assad could gather allies & focus on crushing the revolutionary upsurge against his dictatorship. Syria claimed 23 countries participated including the rogue’s gallery of Russia, China, Iran, India, Argentina, Venezuela, Iraq & Egypt. Does Cuba really want to take its place among those countries?

There is that expedience question & surviving in a hostile capitalist world but if Cuba really does stand for human freedom it would be a whole lot less isolated & certainly less compromised if it rendered legitimacy to freedom struggles rather than to brutal dictators. Let’s just say that the more Cuba equivocates on Palestinian self-determination, supports ruthless dictators like Assad, & remains silent on war, the more it is running out of cachet & becoming a hack.