The Ends

Taken from ElPais.com

Ceausescu was in his helicopter, Saddam Hussein was hiding in a hole, Tunisia’s Ben Ali fled into exile, Qaddafi fled in a convoy and ended up hiding in a drainpipe. The autocrats escape, they leave, they don’t sacrifice themselves in the palaces from which they dictated their arbitrary laws; they do not die seated in the presidential chairs with a red sash across their chests. They always have a hidden door, a secret passage through which they can scurry away when they sense danger. Over decades they build their secret bunkers, their protected “ground zeros” or their underground refuges, because they fear that the same people who applaud them in the plazas can come for them when they lose their fear. In the nightmares of the dictators, the demons are their own subjects, the abyss takes the form of mobs who want to bring down their statues, spit on their photos. These despotic gentlemen sleep lightly, alert to the cries, the hammering on the door… they live with premonitions, often of their deaths.

I would have liked to see Muammar Qaddafi before a court, indicted for the crimes he committed against his country. I think the violent deaths of the satraps only gives them an aura of martyrdom they do not deserve. They must be left alive to hear the public testimony of their victims, to see their countries move forward without the hindrance they represented, and to observe the fickleness of the opportunists who once supported them. They must survive to witness the dismantling of the false history they rewrote, to see how the new generations begin to forget them,and to hear the diatribes, the scorn, the fiercest criticism. To lynch a despot is to save him, to offer him an almost glorious way out that spares him the lasting punishment of being judged before the law.

To continue the cycle of friction that these tyrants have sown in our nations is extremely dangerous. To kill them because they have killed, to attack them because they attacked us, prolongs the violence and turns us into beings like them. Now that the images of a bloodied and babbling Qaddafi are traveling the world, there is not a single totalitarian who is not afraid to stare into the mirror of this end. Now, the orders to reinforce the secret tunnels and to expand the escape plans must be circulating through more than one presidential palace. But take care, the dictators have many ways of escaping us and one of them is death. Better that they survive, that they stay and realize that neither history nor their people will ever absolve* them.

*Translator’s note: The concluding lines of speech Fidel Castro made in his own defense when on trial for the first act of the revolution, the July 26, 1953 attack on the Moncada Barracks, were:
Condemn me. It does not matter. History will absolve me.

48 thoughts on “The Ends

  1. Gaddafi and the Castro brothers understood each other and found comfort in knowing that they’re not alone when it comes to repressing their own people. Birds of a feather flock together. Unfortunately there isn’t a solution for Cuba that doesn’t involve violence to get rid of the brutal Castros’ military tyranny. At any time the spark that ignites the prairie will arises. Quite simply, they deserve a Gaddafi’s end.

  2. Humberto Capiro, thanks for all “cut and Pastes” and any pertinent info regarding life in Cuba. I always come to this forum to “read” about what Cuba is all about, RIGHT NOW. I like to read various sources and this is just one. Those who want to limit or restrict information are always those who have something to hide. Thanks to all those who make this Blog happen. Lets pray that the current storm has mercy on the island of Cuba and this is the very reason “Cuba” drilling for oil, needs to be a concern to our environment.

  3. mime said:”u can only respond with “cut and copy” not ur own words. Oh, nad a link to some other website.”

    mimi! ME TIENES MIEDO VERDAD? AND YES, I COPY AND PASTE MY WAY INTO YOUR HEART! AND UNDER YOUR SKIN!

  4. viva mouth revolution ! AS LUCY WOULD SAY TO RICKY! “THAT’S ENGLISH”? I CAN ONLY RESPOND WHEN I CAN UNDERSTAND THE QUESTIONS COMPAÑERO!

  5. i am not new on this board /capiro’/ mister political correct cubian should just stop work /strike;/ shut down the country find other ways to live take away government freedom so they can live like the people

  6. AS WE SAY IN CUBA “SE ESTA CAGANDO” ! MEAN HE IS SHI**ING IN HIS PANTS! BUT CAN DEAD PEOPLE DO A #2 ?

    REUTERS: Fidel Castro calls NATO “brutal” for Libya role

    Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro denounced NATO on Monday for its role in the overthrow of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, saying the “brutal military alliance has become the most perfidious instrument of repression the history of humanity has known.”

    Castro, 85, also expressed indignation at the killing of Gaddafi last week and the subsequent treatment of his body, which he said was “kidnapped and exhibited like a trophy of war, a conduct that violates the most elemental principles of Muslim norms and other religious beliefs.”

    His comments were published in Cuban state-run media in one of the occasional opinion columns he has written since falling ill five years ago and handing over the presidency to younger brother Raul Castro in 2008.

    The elder Castro has sharply criticized NATO’s intervention in Libya from the beginning and praised Gaddafi, a Castro friend, for his resistance.

    He also has attacked NATO as an instrument of his longtime ideological foe, the United States.

    His comments on Monday were the first from Cuba since Gaddafi’s death.

    Last month, the Cuba government pulled its diplomats from the North African country and said it would not recognize the ruling National Transitional Council or any government established with the help of foreign intervention.

    IF LINK NOT ACTIVE COPY AND PASTE TO BROWSER!
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/24/us-cuba-castro-idUSTRE79N2YC20111024

  7. viva mouth revolution ! AS LUCY WOULD SAY TO RICKY! “THAT’S ENGLISH”? I CAN ONLY RESPOND WHEN I CAN UNDERSTAND THE QUESTIONS COMPAÑERO!

  8. The “Cuban 5” are not political prisoners. They are terrorists who are serving out the sentences for their crimes.

  9. capiro it help more brain power allways a plus but we need more big result some revolution result it seem like another 52 years i want to see some fear in cubian government the need to be off there gaurd the cubian people need to see ads of freedom something that works from a revolution leader

  10. SOME VERY GOOD OBSERVATIONS ABOUT THE LAST FEW DAYS IN THE LIFE OF LAURA POLLAN! YOU BE THE JUDGE IF THERE IS NOT MORE THAN SUSPICION ABOUT THE BEHAVIOR OF THE CASTROFASCISTS AROUND THE TIME OF HER DEATH!

    WALL STREET JOURNAL: A Dissident’s Mysterious Death in Havana – Days after a beating by a mob, Laura Pollán fell ill and soon died. She was cremated two hours later.- By MARY ANASTASIA O’GRADY

    For more than eight years, the Castro regime tried its level best to silence Ladies in White leader Laura Pollán. Ten days ago Pollán did fall silent. She passed away, after a brief illness, in a Havana hospital.

    Hospital officials initially said that she died of cardiac and respiratory arrest. But according to Berta Soler, the spokesperson for the Ladies in White in Havana, the death certificate says that Pollán succumbed to diabetes mellitus type II, bronchial pneumonia and a syncytial virus.

    Since there was no independent medical care available to her and there was no autopsy, we are unlikely ever to find out what killed Pollán. We do know that although she was a diabetic with high blood pressure, both were under control and she did not need regular insulin shots. Indeed, she had been healthy only weeks before her death, according to friends and family. We also know that the longer she remained under state care, the sicker she got.

    Not surprisingly, the Cuban opposition is suspicious about her demise, and their concerns deserve an airing if only because of the nature of the totalitarian regime. It learned its trade from communist Eastern Europe, where the practice of eliminating enemies while in state custody was refined. Over the life of the Cuban dictatorship, suspicious deaths (most commonly heart attacks) of otherwise healthy individuals who were considered disloyal to the Castros are not unheard of. The most famous was José Abrantes, a former interior minister and confidant of Fidel, who had a falling out with his boss, was imprisoned, and though known for being fit died of a heart attack in his cell in 1991. More than one defector from inside the regime has claimed that Abrantes was murdered.

    Pollán took up her cause when her husband, Hector Maseda, was arrested, along with 74 others, in an island-wide crackdown on dissent in March 2003. Seeking a way to resist the injustice, she joined other women whose loved ones were handed down long sentences in Cuba’s Black Spring. Together they organized a simple, peaceful act of disobedience: After attending Mass at St. Rita’s church in Havana, they marched in the street, dressed in white and carrying gladiolas. The group was peaceful and nonpolitical. But to the regime it was dangerous. Mobs were unleashed against it.

    Beatings, detentions, intimidation and harassment of the group were fruitless. The Ladies repeatedly returned to their “counterrevolutionary” practices: Sunday Mass, silent processions, Wednesday women’s “literary teas” held in Ms. Pollán’s home, prayer vigils for the persecuted.

    The movement took on enormous visual power, and when images of the ladies being attacked in the streets went viral, the dictatorship was humiliated. The Castros were forced to offer the Black Spring prisoners “liberation” through exile with their spouses.

    Pollán and her husband refused. Instead she expanded the movement across the country and promised to convert it to a human rights organization open to all women. Speaking from the Guanajay prison as her condition was deteriorating, jailed former Cuban counterintelligence officer Ernesto Borges Pérez told the Hablemos Press that making public those objectives likely sealed her fate.On Sept. 24, Pollán was attacked by a mob as she tried to leave her house to attend Mass. Her right arm was reportedly twisted, scratched and bitten. This is notable because for more than a year, the Ladies had alleged that when Castro’s enforcement squads came after them, the regime’s goons pricked their skin with needles. Those same women claimed that they subsequently felt dizzy, nauseous and feverish. Independent journalist Carlos Ríos Otero reported this for Hablemos Press before Pollán was hospitalized.

    According to interviews with Pollán’s daughter and husband and with Ms. Soler, conducted by the Miami-based nongovernmental organization Directorio, eight days after the Sept. 24 assault Pollán came down with chills and began vomiting. Wracked with pain in her joints the next day, she was taken to the Calixto García hospital. After a battery of tests she was told everything was normal and released. On Oct. 4, she had a fever and shortness of breath. A prescribed antibiotic did not help. On Oct. 7 she was admitted to the hospital, later transferred to intensive care and the next day put on a respirator.

    Her family was denied visitation rights until Oct. 10, when only her daughter was allowed to see her. State security agents surrounded her bed and monitored the doctors. On Oct. 12 doctors reported that she had a syncytial respiratory virus, which is otherwise known as a cold. She was obviously much sicker.

    On Oct. 14 she died. When the family was allowed to see the body, state security agents were again on hand, as they were at the one-hour wake permitted at midnight. In record time—only two hours later—Pollán was returned to ashes. Who could blame the resistance for its suspicions?

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204618704576645362368682524.html

  11. mimi & viva mouth revolution ! I AM THE COPY AND PASTE POSTMASTER GENERAL IN THE CYBERGUERRA AGAINST CASTROFASCISM! MY JOB IS TO PUT TO REST THE LIES, MISINFORMATION AND PROPAGANDA THAT FOR 52 YEAR HAVE BEEN SPEWING OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF “LA CHINA”, “THE MUMMY” AND ALL THEIR REBOLUTIONARY RATS! MY MOUSE IS MY SWORD AND THE TRUTH IS MY SHIELD! THAT IS THE REASON YOU ARE HERE TO BATTLE IT OUT WITH ME COMPANEROS!

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  13. MEANT TO SAY PEDRO PABLO OLIVA! HAVE NOT HAD MY FIRST CUP OF COFFEE YET!

  14. el phyuwin
    Octubre 23rd, 2011 at 07:07
    Saludos estoy de vuelta ahora en ingles

    AS LUCIE SAID TO RICKY MANY TIMES IN “I LOVE LUCY”- “THAT’S ENGLISH?”

  15. EXCELLENT AND LONG ARTICLE ABOUT THE SCHIZOPHRENIC CASTROFASCIST WORLD!

    DESERET NEWS: Cubans test official limits on criticism-By Peter Orsi-Oct. 23

    PINAR DEL RIO, Cuba — Pedro Pablo Oliva was the kind of model citizen the Cuban government wants to show the world.
    Oliva proclaimed his loyalty to Fidel Castro’s revolution, his support for its goal of social equality and his gratitude for cultural largesse that nurtured his development into an internationally celebrated painter and sculptor. He even did a turn as a delegate in the regional assembly of the western province of Pinar del Rio.

    But when Oliva criticized harassment of dissidents and suggested there might be room for a party other than the Communists, he was abruptly expelled from the assembly, accused of counterrevolutionary behavior. He found himself with no choice but to shutter his home-based community workshop after the government withdrew its support.

    Oliva’s troubles began after his now ex-wife, also an artist, was prevented from putting up a series of public installations critical of the government on International Human Rights Day last December. In what is known on the island as an “act of repudiation,” a crowd of government supporters gathered outside Yamilia Perez Estrella’s home, yelling insults and preventing her from leaving. The government insists the spectacles are spontaneous outpourings of patriotic indignation, though coordination with state security agents takes place in plain sight.

    In response, Oliva published a letter on the website of dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez criticizing physical or psychological “violence” aimed at silencing unpopular opinions. He says his dealings with Sanchez, whom he met when she visited his workshop, marked him, as did his calls for political diversity on an island where the Communist Party is the only one allowed.

    Milanes has often tested the limits of what officials will swallow. In a 2008 interview with the Spanish newspaper Publico, he suggested that Raul Castro is too old to run Cuba: “I don’t trust in any Cuban official who is more than 75 years old.”

    And this year, he told journalists in Florida that a dissident group has a right to protest.

    “The most vile and cowardly thing is for a horde of supposed revolutionaries to ruthlessly attack these women,” Milanes wrote. This “does not mean I disagree with Fidel (Castro), nor does it mean I agree with the Ladies in White.”

    A column on state-run website Cubadebate chided Milanes for what it called his erratic opinions and speculated he was suffering a deep personal crisis. But officials have not moved to stop the international star from giving concert tours around the world.

    http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700190711/Cubans-test-official-limits-on-criticism.html

  16. Un Hun! KEEP INSULTING AND KEEP GRASPING AT THAT STRAW!! HE HE HE!!!!

    GRASPING AT STRAWS :Fig. 1. To depend on something that is useless; to make a futile attempt at something. 2. Trying to find some way to succeed when nothing you choose is likely to work 3. Trying to find reasons to feel hopeful about a bad situation

  17. Seeing the photo above I learned that Qaddafi can’t read or he was so upset that did not read the sign on the wall over the hole he got in. The sign says it very clear:

    <— Hell

  18. 33el phyuwin

    Octubre 23rd, 2011 at 09:47
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    hehehe…… the disgusting agent cabrejas (this is a real agent, not like the ones we use to mock here calling them agents) tired to get ashamed in the Spanish site comes to the English one now with the hope of passing unadvised because people here does not understand him…… there is only a problem……. no castrofascist agents can English!!!!

  19. @ Humberto… that’s the problem with copy and paste … You are too too lazy to do your job even as a gay clown… This is one guy worth talking about http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teófilo_Stevenson …. The man Teofilo that could have probably knocked down Muhammad Ali..if he wanted… for lazy clowns like you this is not a story ..but it actually is … A russian trainer starts a school in old Havana and Teofilo the legend so is born … I suppose sometime your American friends would monopolise this story instead for Cubans to do a great movie about it…. And no Humberto I didn’t want you between the White sheets … I wanted you dressed in White outside the Cuban consulate in your town with others or alone and there to say it loud and proud I’m Laura Pollan ….

  20. GET YOUR HANDKERCHIEFS OUT Damir and Un Hun! ANOTHER GREAT IMMIGRANT CUBAN STORY! THE CASTROFASCISTS WONT LIKE THIS!!

    N.Y. TIMES: Gold Medalist for U.S. Is Immigrant From Cuba- Oct. 22, 2011

    TOKYO (AP) — Danell Leyva stood atop the medals podium, unable to contain his pride when he heard the opening notes of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” His mother had fled Cuba with him and his older sister 18 years ago, simply hoping to find a better life. Now here he was, gold medal around his neck, USA emblazoned on his chest.

    “I’ll always be proud to have been born in Cuba,” Leyva said before the world gymnastics championships, where he won the parallel bars title Oct. 16 to give the American men their first gold medal since 2003. “I’ll forever be Cuban. But I’m also equally proud to be able to represent the U.S. the way I do, because this is the best country in the world.

    “To be able to say I represent the U.S. — it’s a great feeling. It’s one of the best feelings.”

    Leyva, who turns 20 next Sunday, has emerged as one of the world’s best gymnasts, one who could win multiple medals next summer at the London Olympics. He won his first national title in August, and had the third-highest individual score in qualifying at the world championships; falls on vault and high bar took him out of contention in the all-around final.

    The United States men won the bronze, their first medal at the world championships in eight years, and Leyva would like nothing more than to help the team win gold in London — a small repayment for everything his adopted country has given him and his family.

    “If we were still in Cuba, I’d be some skinny kid, probably just be out in the street, not doing anything, probably getting in a whole mess of trouble,” Leyva said. His parents, he said, “brought me up so well.”

    He added, “Being able to come here and give me a new opportunity, not just for gymnastics, but for life, it’s literally a brand-new life in this country for us.”

    Leyva’s mother, Maria Gonzalez, and stepfather, Yin Alvarez, were members of Cuba’s national gymnastics team when they were teenagers, afforded privileges ordinary citizens were not. But when their competitive careers were over, they realized just how hard life could be in an impoverished country with limited freedom.

    “It was real life,” Alvarez said. “I said to my mom, ‘Where’s the food?’ She said, ‘Welcome to real life.’ ”

    Chafing at the oppression and lack of opportunities, Alvarez defected while performing with a gymnastics group in Mexico City, then swam the Rio Grande to get to the United States. He made it to Miami in 1992 and began working as a gymnastics coach.

    A year later, Gonzalez decided she had to leave Cuba, too. Leyva had developed asthma as a baby, and it had become harder and harder to find the medicine he needed, let alone the money to pay for it.

    “There was no electricity,” Gonzalez said. “The asthma, it gets more and more bad because when there is not electricity, people use fire, and the smoke and everything. He got so bad. He had to go every month, two or three times, to the hospital, and there was no medicine.

    “I had to ask my family for medicine almost every month. I said: “I cannot live here like that. There is nothing here. We cannot live here for many, many reasons.’ ”

    Gonzalez’s relatives had defected, and they helped her get out, first to Peru, then to Miami, where she reunited with her old friend Alvarez. The two married in 2001.

    They worked at gyms in the Miami area, but Alvarez had always dreamed of having his own.

    “I’m a dreaming guy, very dreaming,” he said. “In Cuba, even my family — my mom and my brothers — say: ‘You’re crazy. You have a dream that’s not going to happen in this country.’ I always wanted to have my own gym. I always wanted to do my own stuff. In Cuba, no one can have their own gym.”

    In 1995, three years after arriving in the United States, Alvarez had scraped together enough money to open his gym.

    It was about this time that Alvarez and Gonzalez happened to be watching a gymnastics videotape, and Leyva became instantly mesmerized.

    “I was just fascinated by this video,” Leyva said. “I didn’t say a word throughout the entire thing. When it was done, I was super excited. I told them: ‘That’s what I want to do. I want to be like that.’ My mom was really hesitant.”

    Gonzalez and Alvarez had grown up in a system in which only the fittest, most athletic children were selected for their respective sports. Little Danell was— not one of those children. He was chubby, Gonzalez said, and could not jump well. He also had a short attention span.

    “It’s so funny, but I really did think he had no talent,” Gonzalez said, laughing. “I said that, and Yin got mad.”

    Let him try, Alvarez said.

    Though it would be a few years before his natural talent surfaced, Leyva immediately displayed the dogged determination that separates the good from the great. He would work for hours on skills and beg his parents to let him spend more time in the gym. When Paul Hamm returned for the 2008 nationals, all Leyva could talk about was beating the only American man to win the world and Olympic titles.

    Never mind that Leyva was 16 then, and it was his first nationals as a senior.

    “I believe now that the talent — the most important one — is in his mind, and he has that,” Gonzalez said.

    Being coached by Alvarez helped foster that.

    Alvarez is energetic and effusive, a show of his own on the competition floor. Before each of Leyva’s routines, Alvarez kisses his head, then makes the sign of the cross and throws his hands into the air. Unable to stand still, Alvarez bobs, weaves and kicks his feet as he watches Leyva, as if doing the routine along with him.

    When Leyva finishes, Alvarez’s screams of joy can be heard clear across the gym, and he takes off at a sprint, pumping his fists and clapping.

    “Even if I do an O.K. routine, he still gives me so much energy,” Leyva said.

    Though Leyva can do all the difficult tricks — his high bar routine has that cover-your-eyes daredevil quality that the X Games set loves so much — it is his polish that has caught the world’s attention. His routines are filled with intricate combinations, yet he does them with the precision of an artist and the rhythm of a musician. His legs are always ruler-straight, his toes perfectly pointed. The dismount on his parallel bars routine at the world championships was textbook.

    Details, perhaps, but the little things add up to a lot in the eyes of international judges.

    “I was so happy for Danell that he got gold,” his teammate John Orozco said. “That was best set I think I’ve ever seen him do.”

    Leyva beamed as he stood atop the podium, nodding as the American flag was raised and “The Star-Spangled Banner” played in his honor.

    “My favorite part was definitely the national anthem,” he said. “You never get tired of that.”

    COPY AND PASTE IF LINK NOT ACTIVE!
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/23/sports/danell-leyva-parallel-bars-gold-fled-cuba.html

  21. ANOTHER GREAT PIECE ON THE DEATH OF CAGAFI AND THE LIKES! ANDREW ROBERTS IS LIKE THE MALE YOANI!!

    THE DAILY BEAST: HOW DICTATORS DIE – It’s rare for despots to die on their feet, still fighting. Historian Andrew Roberts surveys the ways rulers meet their end, and says Libya should be thankful to Gaddafi for the way he went. – By Andrew Roberts

    When on Monday, April 30, 1945, Winston Churchill learned from Radio Hamburg that Adolf Hitler had died fighting against the Russians in Berlin, he told his private secretary Jock Colville, “Well, I think he was perfectly right to die like that.” It was only later that he discovered that the Fuhrer had in fact committed suicide in the Reich Chancellery bunker, taking his wife of one day, Eva Braun, with him, and thus denying the world of the 20th century”s most justified execution at Nuremberg.

    The shade of Churchill would have been similarly impressed with the death of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi Thursday, after holding out for over seven months against NATO and the National Transitional Council.

    Usually dictators do not actually die on their feet, weapon in hand, as Gaddafi appears to have done. All too often they escape from the countries they brutalized, or are captured and not executed, or (most often) they die in office, full of honors, surrounded by sycophants and only loosening their grip on power when their hands go cold. For Gaddafi to have fought to the last, not escaping to Chad or Niger, but believing in his diseased mind that the silent majority of Libyans still loved him, is quite exceptional for dictators.

    When Benito Mussolini’s tiny pro-Nazi Republic of Salo collapsed, he tried to escape across the Swiss border disguised as a private, but was captured by Italian partisans and instantly recognized. On April 28, 1945, he and his mistress Clara Petacci were executed by machine gun in front of a low stone wall by the gates of a villa outside a village on Lake Como. If it seems rather un-Italian to execute a mistress, at least the shooting on Christmas Day 1989 of Romania’s dictator-couple Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu was fully deserved by her, not least because as Vice-President she had fully shared in his crimes over 37 years. Yet unlike Gaddafi, both Mussolini and the Ceausescus had surrendered, rather than fighting to the death.

    The list of monstrous dictators to die in power is a depressingly long one, and includes Josef Stalin, General Franco, Mao Zedong, Ho Chi Minh, Marshal Tito, Papa Doc Duvalier and Vladimir Lenin, the last of whom had survived an assassination attempt. Robert Mugabe, Fidel Castro and possibly Hugo Chavez all look set to die in power, too, although there must be high hopes that Bashar al-Assad may be overthrown by the brave protesters in Syria, who have already suffered over 3,500 deaths since the uprising began. Assad is far more likely to flee than to fight to the death, however. Like Gaddafi, Saddam Hussein stayed in his country when the results of his genocidal policies finally caught up with him, but was pulled, hairy and blinking, out of a hole in the ground in Tikrit, although his sons did fight bravely to the death. (At the time of writing it is thought that Gaddafi’s son Mutassim, died fighting as well.)

    The genocidal Rafael Trujillo of the Dominican Republic paid for his crimes with his life when he was assassinated in 1961. Whereas the case of Antonio Salazar of Portugal was a curious one, in that he slipped over in his bath in 1968 giving him a brain hemorrhage, and was replaced in office. But when he regained his lucidity he wasn’t told he was no longer premier, and he died two years later under the impression that he still was.

    Many dictators get off scot-free. After his overthrow as dictator of Uganda in 1979, Idi Amin fled first to Libya and then to Saudi Arabia, taking the top two floors of the Novotel Hotel in Jeddah, where he lived until his death in August 2003. Similarly, Ferdinand Marcos managed to get himself, his billions of dollars, and his wife Imelda’s shoe collection, out of the Philippines in February 1986, winding up in Hawaii until his death three years later. Alfred Stroessner fled from a 1989 coup in Paraguay and lived in Brazil for the next 18 years. Meanwhile Mobuto Sese Seko escaped Zaire in May 1997 and died in Rabat, Morocco that September, yet another successful fugitive from justice. Almost alone among dictators, General Augusto Pinochet of Chile actually returned his country to democracy during his lifetime.

    Plenty of dictators escape execution even once caught. Pol Pot of Cambodia died under house arrest in 1998, and Slobodan Milosevic of Serbia died of a heart attack in his cell before his verdict was handed down in 2006. Charles Taylor of Liberia is presently on trial at The Hague, where there is no death penalty. Similarly, Emperor Jean-Bedel Bokassa of the Central African Republic was only imprisoned for seven years. He was released in 1993, died three years later among the population he had ravaged, and is suspected even on occasion to have cannibalized. Jan Kambanda of Rwanda has been serving a life sentence in Mali since 2000, considerably more comfortable than the horrific death sentences his henchmen meted out during the 1994 genocides there. Meanwhile, Mullah Omar, the leader of the Taliban since 2002, is still at large.

    The moral of the Gaddafi story is that it is very rare for dictators to meet their end bravely, still inside the country they are fighting to recapture. It was fortunate that he chose to stay and fight, rather than destabilizing Libya from abroad, perhaps for decades to come. As he was never going to go quietly, the manner of his demise at long last gives Libyans something for which they can thank Colonel Gaddafi.

    http://powerwall.msnbc.msn.com/politics/how-dictators-die-1705087.story

  22. ***
    Maybe we will live to see Fidel and Raul hiding in a pipe one day. And the soldiers getting ready to shoot them for their crimes. Final justice–like Quadaffi received. Dreams of liberty and a free Cuba.
    ***
    Por supuesto vamos vivir a ver Fidel y Raul escondidos en una pipa una dia. Y los soldados preparando tirarlos por sus crimines. Justicia final–como recibio Quadaffi. Suenos de libertad y una Cuba libre.
    ***
    John Bibb
    ***

  23. Hey people….. leave chorizon and the poor damir with their broken self esteem here (they have no remedy) and go to Huff ….. commies are “revolting” there on Yoani because this very article……. they no want any dictator killed neither prosecuted by “imperialism”…..

  24. All those who support and contribute to abusive governments should be documented and punished. All assets gained at the “TAX PAYER” expense should be stripped and returned to the people. Governments need to be “of the people and for the people”. This TYRANT creep GADDAFI was found hiding in a drainage ditch under a highway with a GOLDEN GUN.
    40 years of milking a country and not have to be accountable????, while the population suffered basic human needs. WE ARE ALL RESPONSIBLE ,for this INJUSTICE, if we sit and do nothing or misrepresent the facts. The world needs to create a common code of ethics, and stick to it.
    Peoples like “DAMIR” /G2 need to be documented NOW and refused amnesty LATER, so they also are held ACCOUNTABLE for their ACTIONS.
    VIVA LAURA POLLAN, brave woman killed by the CASTRO REGIME in modern times.

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  26. To add… of course several million Cubans might show up at his trial demanding the death sentence. I meant his support would be almost non-existent.

  27. Mr. Un, I think there is much merit in your last post, but I wouldn’t say her position is wrong. I think it all depends on the situation, every country and regime is different.

    There is also great merit in what Yoani wrote and putting dictators on public trial, like was done at Nurenberg. I think you over-estimate how much support Castro has in Cuba; outside of family, some mafioso, and the rich foreign artistic elite like Fernando Ravsberg and Oliver Stone, who would show up at his trial? And I can’t see those guys blowing themselves up for his sake. They’ll just create some nice articles and films claiming it was all a CIA plot.

  28. Actually Ys position is not just idealistic and naive but it is wrong …and in addition it is politically correct… Hence just a vehicle to look good and humane as dissident. For someone engaged in ‘the struggle’ she should know by now that it is not just one man behind Castro…she should know that practically Castro cannot be hold accountable for the abuses of his system but in a very limited way and partly lawful way. She should know that law is relative and more so relative in how it is applied… So how do you end up a war of attrition that has divided a nation and turned brother agains brother…. And a war that led to fratricide inside a nation! ??? History shows you have to put a stop, or cut the head of the snake that feeds off your bosom and made you his prisoner. A trial in court is a symbolic gesture …. However in such a situation is nota gesture strong enough to put a stop ! The death of a dictator is! There is not more question the society that he spawned is no more … That is the only merit of dictatorship in the end …. The society ends with them and can end with them and should end!

    My generation wanted Ceausescu to suffer the privations he inflicted on us and the people, to be hold accountable as Y says … …. His trial was a hoax created by the new regime and his former political rival… but if a ‘fair’ trial would have happened or exited that would have taken years… Year which would have prolonged his presence and what he represented …. And the result would have been very uncertain since all the laws he passed were approved by the Great People Assembly…. As reality shows every dictator earns his right to be a martyr for the cashed he represented and very few of them are afraid of that fate!….

    The process of reconciliation and dismantling the systems are the true challenges – that most of the people ignore and leave in the hands of a new regime they get so disappointed with soon after – …. To put a dictator of such magnitude on trial is a waste of precious time… If you really want change…and accept the challenge.

  29. MICKI, it’s true his vomit stinks up this site, but I think it is Yoani’s choice to never do unto others what has been done to the Cuban people.

    Besides, Damir is a good example of the delusional anti-American Marxist, and he’s advertising it for the world to see:

    He has posted more than anyone else, has never been censored, yet always complains he’s censored. Each time the spam catcher, which he knows about, delays a post of his, he starts crying like a baby.

    Yet in his thousands of posts, he says nobody reads this site.

    And he thinks everyone else should be censored.

    He’s a racist and women-hater, and can’t control his racist rants, much like Marx himself.

    He’s a complete loony bin, he thinks we never landed on the moon, and that is the mildest of his thousand grand conspiracies.

    He obviously loves his US invented computer and the US invented internet. He will soon post a link proving they were invented by Castro or Qaddafi and the CIA stole them.

    He brags about being a rich capitalist who vacations on the French Riviera and buys Che t-shirts made by the Chinese slave laborers of rich capitalists. Yet he says he hates capitalism.

    He likes throwing rocks at old defenseless women and celebrates when one of them dies.

    –The Marxist in all his humanity and sanity.

  30. Milions of people from Italy alone have visited this web site. Italian people trying to keep the truth out about the real usa and nato goals in Libya.

    Crimes of “yoani’s” personal “white gods” cult go on unpunished, yet here this wrinkled and dried out old woman is defending them and pretending that it is okay to kill, as long as the killer is one of “us”!!!!!!

    Hypocrites and nazist criminals.

    The world defeated you nazists once, the world will defeat you again.

    And you will be judged by your own yardsticks.

    Killed all brutally and without trials.

    After all, you all deserve it for spreading the lies, violence, horror and destruction.

    And then, you’ll have to deal with your own “gods” who will burn you in hell once and for all, for killing innocent people and cheering for murders wthout punishment.

  31. since the movement has started i have to do some thing the first activety is ready i need some help viva mouth revolution

  32. My posts keep getting deleted!!!

    Well done “freedom and democracy” “fighters”!!

    Servants of usanian nazists. You should be ashamed of yourselves. Serving foreigners, who you idolise so much, you call them “white gods” in your delusional state of self-deception.

    Fortunately, even the most stupid Cubans in Cuba are still more intelligent than the smartest of you and will not be joining your “liberation” movement any time in a hurry.

    They know what happens to those who are friends with the usa.

    They get killed one way or another anyway in the end.

    Traitors and self-declared slaves of your “white gods”.

    Bunch of delusional criminals.

  33. Good article about Lourdes, Humberto. I wonder if the Russians and Cubans get an FBI warrant before tapping our phone calls.

    I’ve always wondered how many spies the Russians and Cubans have working in this country, not to mention the Chinese, Iranians, Egyptians, Saudi Arabians, all the terrorist groups, etc. That’s the downside of living in an open society, but we can still keep it open while being honest about such stuff. The arrest of the Cuban 5 was a nice change, but they had to blow up a few planes for our government to act.

  34. Qaddafi had 200 billion dollars? Seem like a bit much for a poor oppressed anti-imperialist living in a tent. How much do terrorists make these days?

  35. viva luis posada! ENGLISH PLEASE! TELL YOUR HANDLERS IN BEJUCAL OR THE “LOURDES” FACILITY TO GIVE YOU A COURSE IN THE LANGUAGE!

    LOURDES THE SPY LISTENING POST IN CUBA- By Robert Windrem- Robert Windrem is an investigative producer for NBC News.

    Just south of the Cuban capital’s Jose Marti airport—and clearly visible to passengers on final approach—is a little known Russian military base, one without weapons systems but with scores of antennas and satellite dishes straining to hear some of America’s closest held secrets.

    NEARLY 28 miles square, Russia’s “Radio-Electronic Station/Cuba” near the abandoned Cuban village of Lourdes is the largest and most productive spy station the Russians ever built, a base that specializes in “telephone espionage.” It is the last and most valuable jewel in their electronic crown, the Russian version of “Echelon,” a worldwide spy network that includes bases inside Russia and overseas — a network that is reportedly called “Dozor.”

    The most telling indicator of Lourdes’ value has been how much money the Soviet Union and Russia laid out to build and maintain the complex. The NSA long ago estimated that the Soviet Union spent $3 billion to build it and the Russians themselves admit that each year they pay their Cuban landlords $200 million worth of fuel, timber and spare parts for various equipment, including military equipment. That doesn’t include the tens of millions of dollars the Russians spend operating the facility each year … including the millions of dollars paid to the 800 to 1,000 Russian technicians who man the antennas and tape recorders. The Russians know that to maintain a decent standard of living in Cuba, you need dollars. And now, 10 years after the end of the Cold War, U.S. analysts say new money is being spent to upgrade the operation.

    COPY AND PASTE LINK IF NOT ACTIVE
    http://www.autentico.org/oa09478.php

  36. IF YOU THINK THAT THE CASTROFASCISTS ARE “DIFFERENT” THINK AGAIN! THE SWISS BANK ACCOUNTS !! SOMEDAY WE WILL KNOW THEIR FORTUNE!! THE RECKONING DAY IS COMING!!

    L.A. TIMES: Kadafi had a ‘staggering’ $200 billion stashed around the world

    REPORTING FROM WASHINGTON — Moammar Kadafi secretly salted away more than $200 billion in bank accounts, real estate and corporate investments around the world before he was killed, about $30,000 for every Libyan citizen and double the amount that Western governments previously had suspected, according to senior Libyan officials.

    The new estimates of the deposed dictator’s hidden cash, gold reserves and investments are “staggering,” one person who has studied detailed records of the asset search said Friday. “No one truly appreciated the scope of it.”

    If the values prove accurate, Kadafi will go down in history as one of the most rapacious as well as one of the most bizarre world leaders, on a scale with the late Mobutu Sese Seko in the Democratic Republic of Congo or the late Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines.

    COPY AND PASTE IF LINK NOT WORKING!
    latimesblogs.latimes.com/world_now/2011/10/kadafi-bank-account-200-billion-hidden-cash-asset-search.html

  37. Like Hilary Clinton said “Wow.” Not Gadhafi’s demise but Yoani’s mastery of language and metaphor. I also happen to agree with the position she articulates so well. Hopefully there will be many like Yoani when the Castro regime inevitably falls.

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