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'I owe my soul to the Company store'...Or; It's not my problemo, Juan.
Posted by: Frenchy on January 10, 19100 at 13:31:13:
HOW MUCH LONGER . . .WILL CUBA SUFFER TYRANNY Until when will the
disillusioned people of Cuba have to live the lie of revolutionary zeal for fear of losing their government-given job, scholarship or other necessity? The Miami
Herald By Editorial 01/02/2000 Read the original article. A dilapidated Havana apartment building's ``crazy'' neighbor had a habit of screaming from his
terrace: ``¿Hasta cuándo, Satanás? ¿Hasta cuándo?'' How much longer, Satan? How much longer? The story comes to mind today, the Cuban Revolution's
41st anniversary. Shortly after midnight New Year's Eve 1958, a military dictator fled Havana -- replaced hours later by a totalitarian dictator who has since
ruled to gratify his ego. This dictator still clutches power, refusing to let go. The Cuban people's well-being and future are not his concern. He made that clear
in a 1995 interview when CNN's Bernard Shaw asked, ``What will be next for Cuba, after Fidel?'' ``That is not my problem,'' Castro responded. The summary
executions with which the revolutionary regime began foreshadowed the human-rights abuses to come. While firing squads may have quieted, Castro's
police state continues to wreak brutal violence on the Cuban spirit. How much longer? Until when will the disillusioned people of Cuba have to live the lie of
revolutionary zeal for fear of losing their government-given job, scholarship or other necessity? Until when will Cubans be third-class citizens in their own
country, banned from resorts and other amenities reserved for foreigners alone? Until when must they gag themselves rather than publicly criticize the
one-party state or its all-powerful comandante? Man cannot live without hope. Thus the Cuban people survive in a hopeless system dreaming of the day they
will not be handcuffed to failure. For some, that means crossing the Florida Straits by any means possible. Most rely on humor. One joke going the rounds is
that the Cuban dictator really doesn't want 6-year-old Elian Gonzalez returned from the United States; he wants Elian's electric toy car. On both sides of the
90-mile divide, all must cultivate patience. No man, not even this dictator, is immortal. His reign, too, will pass. While South Florida awaits the end of tyranny,
its Cuban-American community evolves. Pope John Paul II's visit to Cuba last year spurred many to reexamine long-held resentments and beliefs. A healthy
diversity of opinion grows, as does the willingness to openly discuss our differences. The Cuban people are not the enemy. The Cuban people have suffered
enough. Now is the time for reconciliation among all of the dictator's victims -- those on the island and those now gone. ...
McSpotlight; will he or won't he?
Ahhhh, that is the question.....