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realclearworld

Too bad, so sad

"Cuba's Revolution Day Brings Sobering Celebration."

Cuba's economy has been hammered by the global credit crisis, U.S. relations have not improved much under President Barack Obama and economic reforms that were supposed to ease life on the island have been slow to come.

Cuban President Raul Castro seemingly has little positive to report in his speech Sunday marking Revolution Day, the communist country's top holiday. In fact, he is likely to call for more sacrifice from Cubans in the face of even tougher economic times ahead.

"More sacrifice from Cubans." How much more can they take?

4 comments to Too bad, so sad

  • rjbonau

    Hey guys evidently a lot more, the most masochitic people on Earth I'd say.
    You know my aunt has been here visiting from Havana 3 times and she is like in denial and/or she has to be, because she has lived a lie for 50 years.
    These people are like sombies and they don't get it or they don't want to get it.
    What they do get is when my family sends them money.

  • CountNomis

    rjbonau

    It's not just your aunt. During the Stalin era, Western journalists travelled the Ukraine during the famine where millions died of starvation. The Ukrainians would go to the visiting trains, holding their skeletal kids, asking for food for them and the journalists would report that everyone in the Soviet Union were happy, well fed and supportive of the regime. Arthur Koestler was one of them. There was another from the New York Times (surprise, surprise) who did the same and won a Pulitzer Prize as a result; a few years back, Ukrainians demanded that the Pulitzer be revoked for the lies spread by the journalists and the Pulitzer committee just laughed at them.

    It's somewhat similar to the anorexic girls. You strip them, you put them in front of a mirror, yet they will tell you that all they see in the mirror is a fat, fat, fat girl.

  • Alley Kat

    Rjbonau: It's called *coping*. The ability to react to perceived injustices is a freedom which the majority of us in the US take for granted. That's exactly what we do by coming to this website; because we still CAN.
    Denial is a powerful survival mechanism.

  • rjbonau

    It must be coping and she is not entirely in denial I've heard her say that when she went back she had to get used to life there again,so she is not entriely in denial, but when your family is there you try to make the best of it you can.