What very few Americans understand and stubournly refuse to understand about Cuba


A friend I have known for 42 years phoned me the other night.

She was stunned and horrified by the news she kept reading, hearing, and seeing concerning the new Cuba policy of the United States.

She asked, “how can this be?”

Unfortunately, she is in the minority.

Most Americans are really excited by this change in policy, and far too many are itching to take advantage of whatever Cuban slave labor has to offer.

Here is a heartbreaking letter written to a Florida newspaper by a Cuban exile.  His letter details what all Cubans know all too well, and what far too many Americans don’t care to know.

Cuba was stolen from Cubans by a gang of thugs who are just as evil as the Nazis.   And those neo-Nazis are still in control of everything in Cuba.


The only difference between these neo-Nazis and the Nazis of old is that they took over a small tropical island nation with an agricultural rather than industrial economy.

In other words, the Cuban Nazis had much less to work with than the German Nazis.   They couldn’t wage war readily and couldn’t kill millions of people simply because they didn’t have the means.

But, oh, if they could have done so, they would have enjoyed it immensely.


As Saint Augustine observed in his “Confessions” around 1600 years ago, engaging in violent acts requires some power.  The only reason human infants don’t commit murder, he said, is that they aren’t strong enough or coordinated enough to do it.  But if they could, they would.

Very, very few Americans know that Fidel Castro was ready to nuke the United States, and that the Soviets took away his missiles because they knew he would do it.   And very, very few Americans will change their thinking about Cuba if you tell them this fact.

Bringing home a photo of  Smokin’ Graciela matters much more than any such fact.


So, here are some facts from a Cuban exile that hardly any American wants to hear from:

The author of this letter to the editors is  Manuel Hernandez, M.D., is a retired physician who has lived in Lakeland, Florida,  for 32 years.

From The Ledger, Lakeland, Florida:

Why I Oppose U.S.-Cuba Relations

On Dec. 17, President Barack Obama announced his intention to open relations between the United States and Cuba.

When I heard about America’s intention to open an embassy in Cuba, I was shocked. I do not understand what an American president expects in a country that has not held a free election in more than 60 years. I don’t know what America expects of a country in which the government owns everything.

My grandfather opened a business in 1900 in Camaguey, Cuba, which later became a family business. I’ll never forget the day in 1960 when four or five Cuban military troops came to my family’s business and told them that the “Revolution” needed their business and that they would be happy to offer them jobs — at their own business. They had enough integrity and pride to turn down their offer.

Another businessman in Camaguey resisted the military. He didn’t agree to give away the many years of work and sacrifice that it took to make his company. Several military troops broke down the door of his business and killed him. After that, everyone complied with the Cuban military. Thousands of businesses in my town were now owned by the Revolution. I learned then that I had to surrender all my principles and freedom to survive. This was not the life that I wanted for my family.

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3 thoughts on “What very few Americans understand and stubournly refuse to understand about Cuba”

  1. I know no one will pay attention, but since there were only two comments left and they were the usual, I added one my own two cents:

    They do come out of the woodwork, don’t they? The what-about- Batista-brigade who think they are winning any argument just by telling us of how awful Batista was.
    They remind me of those who, when told about Solhenitzen, said the Czar was terrible, or like those, who, when told about Islamist atrocities, come back at you with how terrible Israel is.

    Why do I have to love Batista if I say the Castros are unmitigated evil? Okay, Batista was not good. Are you happy now?

    But under Batista Cuba was a first world country with modern transportation, gorgeous architecture which was kept up, universities that people came to from all over the world, a place where people came to work of their own free will because they could make money in the thriving businesses there, Catholic schools existed and people could send their children to them, and could worship as they chose. I could go on and on. And at least the prostitutes made a living and were not forced to be prostitutes.

    When Castro was arrested by Batista, his sentence was cut short and he was released early. He came out looking fat and healthy and mocked the easy life he had in prison.

    By any measure, every Cuban, EVERY Cuban, except Castro’s thugs, would prefer to live under Batista with all of the faults of the Batista government.

  2. We need to get real. At least half of Americans can’t see, won’t see, or do see but don’t care about the truth of domestic issues much closer and far more relevant to them than Cuba. Hell, look at how many Cubans, at least nominal ones, are not only doing nothing to solve Cuba’s problem but instead are part of that problem. Unless we get our own act together, what non-Cubans do or don’t do is a secondary matter.

  3. You know what “Graciela” symbolizes? A broken-down, debased, cynical Cuba as an old tart still hustling for a buck. Vamos bien.

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