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The day that began the destruction of Cuba -- January 1,1959
American Thinker ^ | 01/03/2013 | Silvio Canto Jr.

Posted on 01/03/2013 7:20:02 AM PST by SeekAndFind

On January 1, 1959, I was a 6-year old boy waking up and rushing to the dining room for breakfast. (My brother was a year younger and ran with me that morning) We got to the dining room and noticed that my dad was on the phone and my mom was seriously listening to his conversation. My mom also had her eye on the TV news. My dad had our little sister on his lap as he went on and on and on the phone.

Mom pointed us to the dining table and we started eating our eggs, toast and drinking our milk.

Mom came over in a few minutes and whispered: "Batista se fue!" (Batista left!)

No one understood that morning what it all meant. We certainly had no idea that a communist dictatorship was coming.

Within months, Cuba began to change, i.e. the mass executions, the mock trials, the political prisons, the attacks on the press and the radicalization of the regime. Elections never came and Castro quickly started to blame the US to distract Cubans from all the unkept promises.

We eventually moved to the US and this is now my adopted country. I am a very proud citizen of the US. My 3 sons were born here and one is proudly serving in the US Army. However, it still hurts to see how much damage the communist dictatorship has done to Cuba and the people who stayed behind.

It hurts even more to see how the international left makes excuses for Castro or how little Americans know about pre-Castro Cuba.

Cuba became an independent country in 1902. It was a Spanish colony until 1898 or the Spanish American War. It is interesting to divide Cuba's history two 50-something periods, before and after Castro.

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: History; Society
KEYWORDS: castro; communism; cuba

1 posted on 01/03/2013 7:20:07 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Good piece.

I wonder what Mr. Canto thinks of the communist regime currently occupying Washington...


2 posted on 01/03/2013 7:27:42 AM PST by WXRGina (Further up and further in!)
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To: SeekAndFind

I wonder if my nieces and nephews will be reading about the pre/post Obama US in the future........


3 posted on 01/03/2013 7:33:18 AM PST by jakerobins
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To: WXRGina
I wonder what most of the Cuban Americans think about the current regime. Is it like 1959, all over again?

Michael Moore loves post-Castro Cuba....no new construction since '59, poorest country in the western hemisphere ....

4 posted on 01/03/2013 7:38:40 AM PST by Jane Long (Philippians 2:11)
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To: Jane Long

Since they haven’t yet started obviously rounding up and killing Americans by the busload, I suppose many people would scoff at our characterizing these hoods in Washington as commies, but commies they are.


5 posted on 01/03/2013 7:51:37 AM PST by WXRGina (Further up and further in!)
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To: Jane Long

Cuba has gun control and free health care. I can’t understand why Michael Moore is still here.


6 posted on 01/03/2013 8:14:39 AM PST by Baynative (Those that work for a living are now outnumbered by those that vote for a living.)
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To: Jane Long
I was the same age as that 'young boy' and was also in Cuba on that same day. Everything he says is true. I share the same experiences and feelings as he did from that very same time period.

Is it "like 1959" all over again? In many respects, sadly, it is not.

- In 1959, the population yearned for 'freedom', so much so, that many were willing to DIE fighting for it. Fighting against Batista in 1958, and then against Castro in the Escambray Mountains. Today, the population has been 'castrated' of any will to fight, except for a few brave souls who openly (but 'peacefully') oppose the regime.

- In 1959, there were 'arms' everywhere. Today, it is tightly controlled by the Govt, and even within the military ranks itself

- In 1959, there was a 'dictator', but not a 'dictatorship'. Today there is a 'Mafia-type dictatorship' not one based on 'ideology' any longer, but solely on a type of mafia control by one family (Castros).

- In 1959, the country's standard of living was one of the highest in Latin America. Today, it is one of the lowest in the entire world.

Here is an aerial view of Havana Jan 23,1958:

Now the city and the country has decayed like long lost Roman ruins...


7 posted on 01/03/2013 8:44:18 AM PST by LibFreeUSA
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To: LibFreeUSA
Thanks for the wonderful personal overview of Havana 1959. My apologies, I was actually wondering if Cuban Americans feel like it's (similar to) 1959, again, with America's current regime. I'd be interested in your opinion on this. Thanks ;)
8 posted on 01/03/2013 8:57:47 AM PST by Jane Long (Philippians 2:11)
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To: SeekAndFind

In 1958 Cuba was the most prosperous Latin American country.

Today it is the poorest, with the exception of basket case Haiti, which is in a class by itself.


9 posted on 01/03/2013 9:06:25 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: SeekAndFind

In 1958 Cuba was the most prosperous Latin American country.

Today it is the poorest, with the exception of basket case Haiti, which is in a class by itself.


10 posted on 01/03/2013 9:06:46 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: Jane Long

1957-1958, the U.S. Govt (State Dept) was (what I would characterize)as leaning from very ‘favorable’ to ‘naive’ towards the ‘Castro-backed’ anti-Batista efforts that culminated in Batista’s flight and the Revolution “take-over” on Jan 1, 1959. Although, it was a Republican administration, and one that was very anti-Communist (i.e. Nixon VP), Castro was given considerable latitude up until he took over and started his ‘executions’ and ‘Yankee-Go-Home’ cries, which I saw graffitied right on the outside walls of my catholic grade school in early 1960. By late 1959, Eisenhower knew that ‘something’ had to be done...(i.e. Bay of Pigs Invasion started to be planned in 1960). American citizen’s property and wealth were being jeopardized in 1960, so the mood in this country was more ‘we have to do something’, as compared to today, where there’s not outcry for any ‘action’ whatsoever (even sending Cubans back to fight would be worthwhile/ and leave any Americans out).

Once the Soviet Union collapsed and left Cuba, then Cuba basically disappeared from the global-strategic map for U.S. involvement of any kind.

So, while I wish it to be “1959” all over again, the ‘recipe’ for cooking this pot is not the same right now. It’s been said that a ‘spark’ could ignite things, that is always possible, but not likely, in my view.


11 posted on 01/03/2013 9:15:45 AM PST by LibFreeUSA
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To: SeekAndFind

When I was in grade school after Castro took over, my parochial (Catholic) school received two new students, a boy and a girl, both from Cuba. Their father was a doctor who fled Castro’s communist prison. I’ve always wondered what happened to the two. The girl was one year younger than me and went to my high school. The boy went somewhere else after a year or two.


12 posted on 01/03/2013 12:11:16 PM PST by driftless2
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To: SeekAndFind
I am a very proud citizen of the US. My 3 sons were born here and one is proudly serving in the US Army.

We, for the most part, are happy to have you.

13 posted on 01/03/2013 1:04:37 PM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: SeekAndFind

They better not forget Batista. It didn’t start with Castro.


14 posted on 02/03/2013 9:11:29 PM PST by Beowulf9
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