Cuba Libre

Hence, this blog and this content came out of a demand for such a blog and such content. In fact, I had no plans to become a blogger or writer in the recent past. It all occurred by happenstance and naturally, and the reason why it occurred is because the demand for such a blog and such content generated the supply, as mentioned in the previous blog post. In turn, because of the demand, my focus has been on the upkeep of quality and a commitment to maintaining wholeheartedness when providing content to readers. As the Japanese artist and writer Hayao Miyazaki said: “Whenever someone creates something with all of their heart, then the creation is given a soul.”

Nor am I concerned about quantity or publicity or generating views or readers. Faith in the quality of the content and the soul and spirit which is behind the content directs the aim and purpose of this endeavor. As Fidel Castro said: “I began revolution with 82 men. If I had to do it again, I do it with 10 or 15 and absolute faith. It does not matter how small you are if you have faith and plan of action.”

In addition to serving as a response to demand, I will also have to admit that this blog is also a form of atonement and repentance. For instance, I was once neutral and nonchalant about the Palestinian issue and the plight of the Palestinian people. Plus, Americans like myself are largely deprived of the nuances of such a complex international issue. Also in my youth, I had Jewish friends and mentors, and I have a lot of respect for them. It was out of respect for these Jewish friends and mentors which made me sensitive to Jewish sensibilities, especially as they pertained to the history of antisemitism in many parts of the world, the Holocaust for instance, and the persecution of Jews throughout history.

But as Machiavelli said: “There is no virtue in neutrality.” Sensitivity to these sensibilities cannot be conflated with the Palestinian issue and the plight of the Palestinian people. Thus, on ethical and moral grounds, neutrality cannot be upheld towards an issue as pivotal as the plight of the Palestinian people. Moreover, in recent days and even years, the lack of appreciation and lack of gratitude on the part of people like Richard Haass, Max Boot, Tony Blinken, and other Jewish neocons towards Russia and the role which Russia played in the liberation of European Jews is quite frustrating for astute students of history. In turn, the impetus for the backlash against Jewish neocons is not antisemitism. Far from it. Rather, the backlash is caused by a combination of impudence, insolence, an inclination towards corruption and criminality and law-breaking, as well as sheer ingratitude on the part of these neocons.

Thus, the atonement and repentance are aimed at making up for neutrality and nonchalance towards an issue as ethically and morally weighty as the issue of Palestine. Moreover, at the heart of faith and religion in the Islamic tradition are four main principles, namely, repentance, sincerity, truth, and love. Thus, the aim of any public or social activity, whether it is activism or writing or anything else, is to uphold these four principles in a steadfast manner.

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