The Cuban revolution was once regarded as an inspiring symbol, just as Israel in her early days embodying Jewish renaissance. Now both are exhausted symbols. Israel is still much more democratic than Cuba (the proof is that Mr Levi can still criticize it publicly without going to prison). But how long will it take before folks like Levi are jailed? Chomsky was denied entry because "we don't like what you write". There are plenty of examples of Latin American and Cuban emigre intellectuals and journalists denied entry to Cuba because the Castro regime does not like what they write. Anybody making contact with dissidents of the regime in Cuba is either expelled or denied entry. Neither the intellectuals nor the journalists (nor the dissidents) are violent. When asked why the denial of entry into Cuba, officials of the regime always allude to "security" reasons: collaboration with the "imperialist Miami based mafia" trying to overthrow the revolution, bla bla bla etc. The Castro regime has lots of dedicated fans inside and outside the country apologizing and defending every policy it undertakes (no matter how petty or how undemocratic or self-destructive). Now we know that Israel is moving in this direction and will be supported by an equivalent bunch of cheering fans.
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