Cuba–The Dream That Failed!

Fifty years ago, I sat glued to a television screen in January, 1959 watching the bearded heroes of Cuba swing joyously down the streets of liberated Havana and felt pride in the efforts of these young Cuban men and women who had driven out the hated dictator, Batista. Today, the dream of a free Cuba has long since died under the stifling control of the Castro brothers and all they represent of ancient rhetoric about freedom that exists in their minds, but not in the reality of the everyday lives of Cubans. Hundreds of dissident voices are locked in jails and gays and lesbians are persecuted by a regime that ostensibly represented the new world of freedom. Each week, the Dames de Blanco (Ladies in White) march together to St.Rita’s church in protest in protest against the imprisonment of their husbands who dared to speak out for freedom in Cuba.

The “Revolution” has brought excellent free medical care to the population and its schools produce excellent graduates in many areas such as medicine. People have sufficient, if boring, food and there are no outward differences between people as exist in capitalist nations. Hopefully, the Obama administration will restore relations with Cuba and open the door for more freedom and a better standard of living. Fortunately, the old anti-Castro crowd in Miami is now old and their children may be more receptive to dialogue.

  • Walter Lippmann

    Apparently Fred has never been to Cuba, or at least there’s no indication that he has from what he writes here. I agree that Cuban food often tends to be boring, but that’s true of Cuban food served anywhere.

    The jailed dissidents weren’t put there for having oppositional views, but for taking money and political direction from Washington. That kind of activity is a crime in any country. Were US radicals to take money and direction from Cuba or any other foreign country, Washington would quickly lock them up, wouldn’t they?

    Cuba removed all its anti-gay legislation from the books over twenty years ago, while California, where I live, recently took AWAY the rights of gays and lesbians to marry. Hundreds of articles about LGBT people in Cuba, both favorable and unfavorable, including many original translations from the Cuban press, may be found at a web-page I’ve created to monitor these developments:

    I hope that Obama will keep his campaign promise to allow Cuban-Americans to visit their families and send money, but he hasn’t promised to allow the people of the United States the freedom to travel to Cuba and see it for themselves.

    That, too, would be nice.


    Walter Lippmann
    Los Angeles, California

  • Fred Stopsky

    I guess Human Rights Watch and just about every human rights group in the world is wrong. Please don’t use the name of an intelligent political analysis who would throw up at your comments.