It can happen anywhere

Somewhere in the world a revolution is brewing. Tens of thousands of citizens are taking to the streets to have their voices heard and their votes counted. The authorities have tried to stop them by the use of beatings and murder, but the crowds are not diminishing. Instead, they are growing and soon, hopefully, the police and the military will realize that they are there to serve the people, not the despots that hold the reigns of power.

A revolution is brewing to topple the few privileged elite who keep their people oppressed in order to maintain their power. This revolution is happening as we speak, and in one of the most unlikely places: Iran.

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No one knows where this is going to end, but if you go through this list of events that have transpired over the last few days since the fraudulent election results were announced, it will end either with the toppling of the despotic Iranian regime, or the vicious murder of thousands of Iranian protesters. If the latter occurs, it will be but yet another entry into the history books of the crimes committed by oppressive regimes. Nevertheless, the Iranian people need our support now more than ever. Freedom is freedom, regardless of where in the world the blood is spilled fighting to obtain it.

I hope to one day soon be able to post a picture of tens of thousands of Cubans taking to the streets in Havana to at last have their voices heard and their vote counted.

If it can happen in Iran, it can happen anywhere.

16 thoughts on “It can happen anywhere”

  1. Alberto,

    Don’t hold your breath as I’m afraid that the Mullahs will order a massacre if they sense the situation is getting out of their control.

    They control the army that suppresses the people. Those who have the weapons to kill the people have the power to control the majority.

    The Mullahs killed many in the past and they’ll do it again if they find themselves with their backs against the wall.

    Remember Tiananmen…

  2. Freedom:

    I remember Tienanmen, and that is my biggest fear. But there are stark differences between what is happening in Iran and what happened in China. In China it was a protest that grew unexpectedly and the Chinese quashed it before it got out of hand. In Iran, it is already out of hand and reports are that the throngs of protesters are getting so large that the police are backing away in fear for their own lives.

    Yes, they can bring out tanks and do the same thing the Chinese did, but every minute that goes by the crowds are getting larger and I don’t think Iran has enough tanks to run over hundreds of thousands of people.

    Nevertheless, I am approaching this with a hopeful optimism quite aware that these things can turn in a matter of minutes with the oppressors regaining control.

  3. Alberto,

    These Mullahs are ruthless and in full control of an army that have the means to suppress the people in a fully totalitarian society.

    It won’t be long before they give the orders to shut the masses.

    Unless the army rebels against the Mullahs….but I highly doubt it.

  4. Tragically, I don’t think that it’ll happen in Cuba. I believe that Cubans on an individual basis can be very brave and dignified as our dissidents have proven, people like Marta Beatriz Roque, los plantados, Biscet, Reinaldo Arenas, etc… but on a collective level, Cubans just can’t get their act together. Just look at Miami and all of the infighting. Also, in a country like Iran there is more freedom than in Cuba. Iran is not a totalitarian country, Cuba is. Iranians can accumulate individual wealth, they can travel in and out of their country, they can gather together in groups without fear of a “committee-for-the-defense-of-the-revolution” snooping on them. Cubans have been completely sodomized by the tyranny. Castro has destroyed the integrity of the country. That tyranny will stay there until it either falls on its own weight, or some force from the outside dislodges it.

  5. Rayarena,

    I suspect that the Iranian people may be allowed to accumulate individual wealth only while obeying the Mullahs dictates.

    These Mullahs can be very totalitarian in their own ways.

    Unfortunately the Cuban people are another different case. Fifty years of the Castro tyranny has broken their will to fight.

  6. I have a different opinion………
    I have seen Cubans in the heat of battle….
    I have see with my own eyes Cubans in the fight of there lives.
    I say….lets keep lighting that spark within Cuba..
    over and over again until it ignites…. or we die trying.
    I don’t care how many people let me that the La Causa de Cuba Libre is lost.
    I don’t believe it.
    If you and I believed this ….
    We would not be here at this site today.
    Levanten un poco el animo!

  7. Things are happening in Cuba as well, many you are not even aware of, so don’t say it can’t happened in Cuba, Most in Cuba are beginning to call out their rights.

  8. If Iranians are allowed to leave Iran, why aren’t they leaving? Of course, where would they go?
    I hope this time the people can make something good happen.

    When do our people get disgusted with the nonsense that is going on here?

  9. If any of us could divine the future, we wouldn’t be here. You never know what is going to happen in Iran, in Cuba, or even here in the US, for that matter. Russians had to wait 70 years for their day to come.

    As Henry said, hay que levantar el animo.

  10. I must admit it would be wonderful news to see the Mullahs and the hardliners be topped by the Iranian people (payback is a bitch for what they did to the Shah) and it would bring an enormous sense of relief to the Middle East and the Western World.

  11. Mr Ray nailed it. Iran’s is a very ugly regime–but it ain’t totalitarian.

    In pervasive, soul and initiative-killing oppression it ain’t close to Cuba’s.

    Though Mussolini coined the term “Totalitarian,” Fascism itself never approached the level of total oppression of Communism.

    During Benito’s regime (pre-war, which is to say, 75 per cent of it’s life) Italians where perfectly free to immigrate, travel open businesses, etc. etc.

    Indeed one -third of Italian immigrants to the U.S. in the 20’s and 30’s RETURNED VOLUNTARILY to Fascist Italy!

    I haven’t noticed much of that with regard to Communist (thus truly totalitarian) nations.

  12. And one more thing that makes the Iranian situation somewhat different is that Iranians have relatively good access to info outside their borders; they are unusually well informed and many speak English. I’m sure their web access is monitored, but they are not a closed society entirely severed from the rest of the world; plus, before the Shah was deposed and the radicals took over, Iran was quite westernized (if there is such a term).

    The fact that most of the faces in those photographs look under 35 is a sign that freedom is a universal yearning and that these people are better informed than their counterparts who support Am-a-deemonjob.

  13. Humberto also nails it when he says that Iran’s “ugly regime” isn’t totalitarian and it isn’t even close to Cuba’s in terms of repression.

    Let’s not forget that castro initiated a system of forced rationing in Cuba in order to keep Cubans constantly hungry and busy. How diabolical and repressive can one get?!? The idea behind the rationing of food in a country with four harvesting seasons and what was once the most fertile soil in the Americas is to keep Cubans hungry and to force them to spend all of their free time procuring for sustenance. How can a hungry people spend time planning a revolt when they have to feed their empty stomachs and that of their families? Also, Cubans are expected in whatever time they have left after work and rationing lines to do “voluntary” work for the regime. Again, another government endeavor to keep Cubans busy. Busy is the name of the game in Cuba!

    At least Iranians aren’t kept on a hungry leash and they don’t have to do “voluntary” work for the Mullahs. There is a well-fed middle class in Iran with plenty of leisure time that can go to a protest, revolt, fight back, etc… What’s more, because Iranians have free enterprise, the store clerk who has a sympathetic employer doesn’t have to fear losing his or her job if he or she goes to a protest. Cubans are solely employed by the state. Without the state, you can’t make any money unless you go into the black market and then you risk going to jail if you are caught. So either way, you are screwed. It’s level after level of repression that does not exist in Iran. It’s truly a diabolical system and almost perfect in its repressive hold on the people.

    That my friends is just one of many reasons why you see massive protests in Iran and none in Cuba and why Cuba will never be free unless the system falls on its own weight or some outside force dislodges it.

    Those Cubans with a political consciousness who want change are exhausted after 50 years of mind-numbing, spirit, crushing tyranny and the rest are too sodomized to care. They don’t have a political consciousness and so they only think about consumer goods, how much money their family is going to send them to from Cuba and meeting a tourist or going to a government sponsored party [pachanga] where they are given free cheap-quality beer.

    Look no further at some of the trash that has come from Cuba. They are here one year and they instantly want to go back to Cuba to visit, so that they can go to Varadero. It’s sickening. This is what castro has done to the Cubans and again why there are protests in Iran and not in Cuba.

  14. Everyone is making sense on this subject. The Castro Regime is teaching the world a lesson on how to keep a population submitted. Its better equipped now than East Germany was . Many of you are preaching to the choir on this matter…….OK So….what do we do?
    I know what I am NOT doing.
    I am not giving in.
    And…..I am not going to follow the line of pitting one Cuban against another. Its difficult to understand some Cubans still fighting against past regimes years after the fact.
    There is a reason WHY the Castro Regime spends so many millions.And so much time and energy on the Cuban Population OUTSIDE of Cuba. He understands the power of the Cuban exiles….IF we ever got our act together..
    At one time it took the power of the United States Secret Service AND The Intelligence Services of Communist Cuba to crush the Anti-Castro rebels in Cuba and those operating out of the United States.
    Some time ago I read an article written by a Cuban organization.
    “IT IS NOT THE DREAMS OD MAN THAT FAIL HIM. IT IS THE LACK OF EXPERTISE NEEDED TO CONVERT THEM TO REALITY. IF WE COULD DREAM AND MAKE OUR DREAMS HAPPEN, WE WOULD BE ABLE TO GET ORGANIZE AND PREPARE MEN OF ORGANIZATION THAT WOULD MAKE THOSE DREAMS A REALITY”
    Rayanera….If you quite before you even start…Whats the point?
    LEVANTA EL ANIMO!
    viva cuba libre!

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