Friday, April 15, 2011

Bay of Pigs

Escultura de indio en la aldea Taina - Guama

It is usually link with the Cuban brigade 2506 and the American fiasco in Cuba, but it is much more than that.

Bay of Pigs rather of being a victory of the bearded Castro was a defeat of Kennedy’s Administration. Changing of plans and place to disembark the small troop of Cubans exiles, Kennedy indecision to give them a more strong and direct support, and especially the place where that doomed brigade landed were the key factors in the failure of Bay of Pigs.

In the other way around, Bay of Pigs was also a failure to Castro’s plans, far beyond military manoeuvres, revolutionary militias and Cuban army.

Inspired by the stardom of the failure of the doomed Cuban exiles brigade, and always showing that rascal attitude to build over a political, and very controversial, victory Fidel Castro decided to drain the Zapata’ swamp and build a place where tourists could go and enjoy the “first” place in America where the imperialism was defeated: Guama Village was born.

The Taino village grew over a small portion of the swampy province of Matanzas and was built with sculptures made of stone by the well-known Cuban artist Rita Longa, like the one you can see captured in the picture. A few rustic places where you could have lunch and dinner, a few cabins and some other isolated sculptures on stone, and a battalion of mosquitoes completed the dreamy scenery where Castro thought he could have a well piggy bank to collect some money from interested visitors.

¿The failure? Nobody was visiting Cuba then. Nobody visits Guama today. The place was also doomed like its surroundings.

Guama passed away from the obscurity of the American fiasco in Bay of Pigs to disappear from Cuban tourist maps in travelling agencies catalogues. You don’t find it. The Taino village was doomed from the very beginning.

And the lousy and absurd Castro's idea to drain Zapata’ swamp, and the extraordinary dangers to destroy the unique ecosystem in the province where Bay of Pigs was located were vanished with another ephemeral brilliant idea of Castro. Thanks God, Zapata survived a terrible disaster then.

Years later, though, the damages that would have been done there were made in many places around the island when Castro ordered to build rocky roads over Cuban shores to joint small paradisiacal island with beautiful beaches like Cayo Coco in Camaguey. The damages avoided during those obscure days of Bay of Pigs were committed then. Today, there are many ecosystem damaged for the sake of a “brilliant” idea of Fidel Castro.

An idea who was defeated on those days where he was proclaiming his victory over a doomed American action from the very beginning. It shows that Castro always redeems himself at the expense of anything, sooner or later.

Defeated on the very premises where he supposed to get a victory, and victorious years later at the expense of Cuba’s ecosystem. Today, Zapata’ Swamp and Bay of Pay don’t show too much about those times. Maybe a few days before the Bay of Pigs event, the regime shows a bit of interest to show some old images from the pace.

A few hours later, a few days after, the place returns to its doomed silence. Disappear from the political geography of Cuba. It is not convenient to dig too much there.