11 thoughts on “A picture can say a thousand words…”

  1. S and Scott:
    This picture was taken somewhere in Cuba. To me it illustrates how the legacy of the butcher of La Cabaña and the “advances of the revolution” has left Cuba.

  2. What can I tell you Alberto,
    “El que sigue a la mierda termina cagado”.
    The Cuban people chose their destinity the moment they allowed Fidel, Raul, Che and company to take power in 1959.
    The Cuban people followed these individuals’ evil designs during the early days of the “Rebolution” while Fidel Castro, Raul Castro and Che Guevara were executing people left and right and stealing everything that did not belong to them without questioning those actions. Unfortunately, the majority of the Cuban people in those days approved of these actions.
    Once Castro and company consolidated their “Rebolution” after the Bay of Pigs fiasco it was too late to overthrow the dictatorship that they created, and Cuba’s future had been decided for years and generations to come.
    Nearly 19 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Fidel and company no longer have majority following by the Cuban people. Their form of government has been totally discredited in the eyes of their own people, yet they still cling to power, and the people are still afraid to revolt.
    If the people today would wake-up from the fear of the regime and revolt, I guarantee you that that the regime would crumble very quickly, my friend.
    The Cuban people today are more afraid to stand up to the Castro dictatorship, that to climb on a raft and get eaten by sharks in the Florida Straits. This reality speaks volumes for the quality and values of today’s Cuban people.
    Sorry for these negative comments, it pains me to say this but some days I just don’t understand my people.

  3. The Cuban people today are more afraid to stand up to the Castro dictatorship, that to climb on a raft and get eaten by sharks in the Florida Straits

    Perhaps if the 1 million+ who fled Cuba had stayed, there would have been enough resistance/backbone remaining in Cuba to topple Fidel. Sending the dissidents to Miami was a good political solution for Fidel. On the other hand, were I a Cuban in Cuba at the time, and despised Fidel, I don’t know what I would have done.

  4. GringoTex,
    I can only speak for me and me family.
    We were afforded every opportunity to join the Communist regime if we had decided to sell our souls to Communism.
    Actually believe it or not if we had sold our souls to Communism and joined the regime we would have probably be today in Cuba in much better economic shape that we have been here in the United States because my father was afforded every opportunity to become a big-shot in the Cuban Commerce Department had he been willing to join the Communist Party, the Committee for the Defense of the Revolution and the government militias.
    But you know what? My father could not stand Castro and Communism ever since the days he was fighting in the hills and nobody in Cuba suspected the hell he was going to bring to Cuba years later.
    My father had the courage not to fall for Castro’s bullshit and for that today I’m extremely proud of him. And he passed on his anti-communist values to me.
    I was in Cuba in the sixties and one of the top ten students in the elementary and secondary educations schools I attended there, yet I refused to join the Pioneros Communist organization and all the other Communist organizations.
    My parents did not join a single communist organization (CDR and the likes).
    I was an active Cuban Catholic Church weekly mass attendant when nobody there had the balls to even go to church on Sunday.
    My schools mates made fun of me because I was a practicing Catholic yet I did not sell my soul to Communism and the devil they represent.
    I cannot say the same for a lot of my countrymen. And that’s probably one of the main reasons that Castro prevailed in Cuba over the years.
    That’s all I can say.

  5. GringoTex,
    The first thing that Fidel Castro did when he got to power was to remove the right of the people to bear arms therefore insuring that only his army would be armed to repress the people if the need be.
    Without arms to fight the Castro dictatorship and without outside help the opposition was powerless to do anything against the regime and it would have been a bloodbath if they had revolted. This is the main reason that led to the mass exodus from Cuba in the sixties.
    Now a days the Castro brothers no longer have the majority support they once had and if push come to shove and the people revolt against the regime I suspect that only a few sectors of the military would suppress the people.
    There is a very good chance that the rank and file soldiers would not massacre it’s own population. This wasn’t the case in the early years.
    The only ones defending that regime now are the ones on the top and those who have blood in their hands because they’re the ones who have the most to lose.
    There still might be some reason for hope that the Cuban youth that are totally disenchanted with the regime might lead an uprising that may result in the regime’s downfall.
    We’ll see how this scenario unfolds after the death of Fidel Castro is announced. That’s when the show really begins.

  6. I appreciated your explanations. Those who have never lived under a Communist regime don’t really know what is going on, which is one reason I wrote
    “I don’t know what I would have done.”
    While I was a leftist as a college student in the 60’s and 70’s,one factor that changed me was remembering all the people in my northeast hometown of 2,000 inhabitants who had fled Communist regimes in Europe, and China. It wasn’t that I had heard a lot of their stories- most didn’t want to talk about it. Their being over here that was testimony- as was their reluctance to talk about it much.

  7. GringoTex,
    I admire the fact that you opened your heart and took the time to listen to the painful experiences of all those people from China and the Iron Curtain countries and comprehended their sufferings under Communism.
    Sometimes is very difficult for Americans that have always lived in freedom and democracy to comprehend what is like to live in a communist society and the suffering you must endure.
    Believe me that is the main struggle we Cuban-Americans have endured in America all these years because the MSM and the Hollywood idiots have always portrayed Fidel Castro in a very positive light while ignoring the reality of his regime that is explained in web sites like Babalu.

  8. I’m just a Scotch-Irish redneck from Tobacco Road (in L.A. now), don’t know any Cuban Americans personally outside of hanging out in here and have been south of the Georgia border only once, and then only to Orlando.

    Yet I knew from grade school (early 1970’s) that Communism was bad, bad news. All you had to know at that age to figure that out was that blue jeans — BLUE JEANS, for God’s sake — had to be smuggled into the USSR. Or that they wouldn’t let you go to church or say whatever you wanted to say about the government.

    Or, more to the point on this blog, that Fidel was willing to let Cuba be the 50-yard line in a nuclear war in ’62. Not that he could have said no to Kruschev anyway, but that’s part of the point — he was just an extension of Kruschev.

    It troubles me to no end that the average man or woman has to “feel” or experience something to get it. Holy, crap — do we really have to have an Oprah experience to understand that 2+2=4?

    Let’s see, Country X. They won’t let you own your own business, they won’t let you live where you want to live, or let you criticize the government, or send your kid to the school of your choice (increasingly a problem here), or work the kind of job you want job you want to work, or listen to whatever music you want, or even leave the country. Even if you walk their version of straight and narrow perfectly, you could get thrown in prison or executed via false accusations from some party hack who decides he doesn’t like your face. Not only that, but when you ask Western admirers of this regime about these things, they clear their throats and change the subject to “they have free medical care”.

    But WAIT a minute!! The feelings of hipness I get from looking at that cool Che T-shirt my cool dorm mates or my favorite musicians or movie stars are wearing just totally outweighs all that! Cuba is COOOOL!

    This follow-your-heart relativism of our postmodern culture is just freakin’ KILLING us…

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