Festive Left Friday Blogging: Hats off to Evo!


“Four whole days on hunger strike. Count ’em, bitches. It’s four more than any of you oppos would ever do for your country.”

Okay, so that’s not what Evo was actually saying there. But it’s pretty emblematic of his attitude just the same. And his cojones. The man just narrowly escaped being killed by an international terrorist cell, and he’s still cheerful and chipper after that. Plus four days of semi-starvation. And that’s not all. Get a load of what he said at the ALBA summit yesterday in Cumaná, Venezuela:

“Cuba was expelled (from the Organization of American States) for being Marxist, Leninist, socialist. I want to say to the members of the OAS, here, I want to declare myself Marxist, Leninist, socialist, communist. Now let them kick me out. I want them to expel me from the OAS. It’s unbelievable that you can get expelled from the OAS just for being Marxist-Leninist!”

That’s what he said (translation mine). Notice he was grinning when he said it. He wasn’t serious about being a communist, in other words. But he was serious about something…

Namely, the case for Cuba being reinstated to the OAS, no ifs, ands or buts. And no ideological conditions attached. He’s saying that if Cuba’s not allowed back in, he wants out. And he’s prepared to say he’s something he’s not, just to prove the point.

That, gentle reader, takes serious gonads.

I suspect that it won’t be long before Cuba gets let back in from the cold. And if it does, it will be mainly the doing of Chavecito and Evo. Especially Evo. This guy goes to bat not only for his own people, but for anyone he sees getting shafted. For that reason, hats off to him!

PS: Lugo of Paraguay has chimed in on a similar note. He’s mighty pissed at Hillary Clinton for dissing Cuba, and he notes that Mercosur has been around for 18 years and hasn’t achieved nearly as much as Chavecito’s ALBA has in the far fewer years that it’s been in effect. Gonna be an interesting OAS meeting to say the least, kiddies…

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