No More Octobers with Crises

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My mother was just a girl of five living in a tenement in central Havana and I was barely one egg of the many dozing in her womb. Amid the daily grind and the first signs of shortages – already noticeable in Cuban society – not even my grandmother realized how close we were to the holocaust that October of 1962. The family felt the tension, the triumphalism, and the collective nervousness of something delicate happening, but never imagined the gravity of the situation. Those who lived through that cruel month all behaved the same, whether they were unaware or accomplices, uninformed or ready to bring sacrifices, enthused or neutral.

The so-called Missile Crises, known in Cuba as The October Crisis, touched several generations of Cubans in different ways. If some recall the terror of the moment, it left others with the constant tension of the trenches, the gas mask, the shock of the alarm that might sound in the night, the island sinking into the sea, offered metaphors for speeches and songs. Nothing returned to normal after that October. Those who didn’t live through it first hand still inherited its sense of unease, the fragility of standing right on the edge that could end in the abyss.

Perhaps what most draws our attention now is the enormous capacity to make decisions that was taken by some individuals on matters of such great importance. If, in a moment of weakness, the Soviets had given into the temptation to leave the red button near the finger of the Maximum Leader in olive-green, as he would have liked, probably no one would be reading this article. What’s more, this article would not even exist. Luckily, to arm a missile with a nuclear charge and to launch it is a lot more complex than some doomsday movies would have us believe. And it was especially so in 1962, when the electronic controls required huge labyrinthine metal cabinets arranged in hermetically sealed rooms.

The slogans that were shouted in Cuban plazas in those days would be frowned upon today, by the common sense that is beginning to take hold in the early days of the twenty-first century. It would sound too irrational, absurdly excessive, contrary to life. Because when European mothers put their children to bed with the fear that the sun wouldn’t rise, on Havana’s Malecon people were chanting the strident “If you come you stay”; and while the entire world was calculating with pessimistic exactitude what would be lost and what would be left standing, on this Island they repeated to the point of exhaustion that we were ready to disappear “before agreeing to be the slaves of anyone.” When the USSR decided to remove the missiles, irresponsible people in the streets hummed, “Nikita, faggot, what you give you can’t take back.”

Recently Fidel Castro himself returned to some of that puerile — almost childish — arrogance when he stated that, “We will never apologize to anyone for what we did.” His words were an attempt to surround with glory the intransigent attitude of the Cuban government during those days that shook the world. Now, at least, we enjoy the relief of knowing that this stubborn old man of 86 is ever further from that red button that would have unleashed disaster. Every day the impossibility of his influencing the global road map becomes greater. The missile crisis will not be repeated on the Island, no matter how many Octobers lie ahead of us.

64 thoughts on “No More Octobers with Crises

  1. Oh wow no anonimous sidekick….IT is sleeping pm the job I see

  2. Wow Humberto, I didn’t know that in your world the rule of statistics superseeds the rule of law… But then again they do not talk about the Cuban Act on Fox news or Miami bs press, they just allude to it with view to support it. The Cuban Act is LAW and as far as legality goes law takes precedence over stats….The cuban Act would suck the Cubans dry more than Castro has or had… Once he is gone restitution will most likely be imposed by the US.

    So yeah Humberto I think you are a leech dressed in ‘freedom’s clothes’. You are propsing freedom for Cubans only to enslave them with debt…in exchange for the right to vote, cereals for breakfast and CocaCola….they should pay back big daddy and your team too. Nice one ‘team freedom’ that is why you like MsY so much cos it is furthering your agenda to get you ‘plantations’ back. By Help’s standards she’s an investment and you guys are looking for ROI…freedom here we come…for restitution!

    @Anonimo… Darling you’ve been quite anal lately … Predictable I’d say for a hyena like yourself… You should try Senna or better try Humberto he’ll pop your cork freely and he’s probably a future plantation owner..a think you could ‘understand’.

  3. anonimo is a stupid coward.

    Look, it still works…!!!

    And it looks good too!!!

    anonimo is stupid

    Yes, I like that…

  4. Congratulations Damir! You’ve finally taken my advice and stopped bleeping out stupid!

  5. So Damir, “Damir” is your real name? So what!! It means nothing. I love seeing you get in a lather trying to figure out who all the nicks are! Stop it, your brain will hurt.

  6. “yoani” is stupid, so is anonimo who has no d**k to write under his/her real name (although we all know that it’s the “friendly” translator who also poses as “hank”, “help”, “walter”, and other colourful nicks). Capitalism is stupid, cre***s who want to destroy foreign countries simply because they do not like them are stupid.

    Look, who knew?

  7. T.M.! I ASKED YOU FOR PROOF WITH DATA AND YOU ARE BRINGING NOTHING TO THE TABLE! YOU KNOW MY CONDITIONS, JUST DO IT! BUT IF YOU WANT TO CONTINUE YOUR BROKEN RECORD FEEBLE ATTEMPT, FEEL FREE!

  8. AUDIO OF YOANI SANCHEZ’ FIRST ARREST IN 2010! HER B*LLS WERE BIG EVEN THEN!

    YOUTUBE AUDIO: Yoani recorded her arrest by the political police dressed as civilian! Audio recording of illegal arrest February 24, 2010, in Havana, Cuba, the blogger Yoani Sanchez and her sister the day after the death Orlando Zapata Tamayo who died from a hunger strike. Grabación audio del arresto ilegal el 24 de febrero 2010, en La Habana, Cuba, de la bloguera Yoani Sánchez y su hermana el día siguiente de la muerte del huelguista de hambre Orlando Zapata Tamayo.

  9. CHECK OUT THE VIDEO OF YOANI SANCHEZ’ ARREST!ALL THESE BURLY MEN AGAINST THIS SKINNY 37 YEAR OLD WOMEN! BUT A WOMAN WITH BIG B*LLS!

    YOUTUBE: VIDEO CUANDO FUE DETENIDA YOANI SANCHEZ! Detenida Yoani Sánchez y golpeado Ángel Santiesteban. VIDE OF WHEN YOANI SANCHEZ WAS ARRESTED, SHE IS THE ONE WITH THE LONG BLACK HAIR!

  10. so there Humberto, if I get arrested will you write here about me too…?? drum roll

    What if I get arrested in Cuba… would I make it on your list then?… drum roll!… I guess not cos I would fall in that category called bad arrests… Of course you are all heart and soul for the good ones!… man!

    It is almost a bit disgusting to think you don’t repudiate the Cuban Act not you report on how migrants are treated in the US and demonstrators too, but you complain for every hair MsY loses on the way to the parliament.. Wonder if in 10 years time after Castro will you even notice ‘good’ people being arrested in Cuba still!.. Seem that hubby stayed put and reported it the moment it happened!!!..

    drum roll.. now take it over sidekick

  11. Griffin you are in denial about politics, check maybe with some Chinese and see what they think… for your place you should talk about lovely man Nixon.. stick to that cos that’s what you know… alternatively talk about Bush and how many people died in Iraq in 2 campaigns…stick to politics closer to your home cos you got’ve killers to content!

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