I know this particular blog has taken a couple of cheap shots at Dr. Luis Luarca, but at the end of the day the good doctor’s actions – and the government’s lack of action – are very telling.
I’ll say it again – hunger-striking is one of the dumbest things a human being can do and is tantamount to suicide bombing without the explosion and collateral destruction of life and property, so Dr. Luarca will receive no quarter here.
However, his goal is admirable. He wants certain human rights issues addressed. At the end of the day, is he really asking so much? I don’t think he is.
The odd thing about it is he is asking for these issues to be addressed from a government who swears they are dedicated to doing so – and he is asking from the government’s front yard! He’s not hiding behind a pseudonym like yours truly; his brutal honesty and naked passion are commendable.
And in spite of this, these so-called “honourable” government ministers continue to drive past Dr. Luarca to the rear of the glass house, enter through the back door, take the elevator up to their private offices and ignore his request for a meeting.
I don’t advocate answering every nut-job and fruitcake that makes demands; but look at this realistically – his demands (most of them) are valid and are issues the government tries to get the people of Cayman and the world to believe they are addressing.
A government dedicated to human rights and transparency seems all too prepared to let this man die when they hold the power not simply to save his life, but also to FINALLY address vital issues in the Cayman Islands.
The government is now undertaking an exercise to determine the best way forward with freedom of information. How about this? How about meet with Dr. Luarca and give him some information on how you plan to deal with his problem and the problems that others face right here in Cayman and become a part of the solution?!
Until such time as the government is willing to openly and honestly address the tough issues, the term “honourable” needs to be removed from all references to this country’s leaders.
Shame on the government for not walking 20 steps out its front door and embracing – or at least listening to - a man willing to die in Cayman more than he’s willing to live in Cuba.
I say that people willing to die trying to live here are worth more than the people living here willing to let them die.