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Cindy Sheehan: Day One Of On The Road To Cuba – OpEd

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Dear Reader,

How are you doing? I am writing this from an airplane speeding towards Mexico City at about 37,000 feet. I am heading towards my favorite place in the entire world, Cuba.

Few USAians get to visit Cuba since the US blockade began in 1959, and I feel so fortunate to be on my 3rd trip down there. My way is being paid by an NGO in Cuba that I have worked with before.

Cuba is a tropical island that is free of most of the grit, grime and pollution in the States, but also free of most of the crime in other tropical tourist destinations. I have rarely felt more safe than when I am in Cuba and one of my favorite things to do is sit out on a patio in the evening (after a day of meetings and such) sipping on a Mojito or other cold drink and feel the warm, sweet breeze blow over me.

Just a few weeks ago, US President Obama was asked about the possibility of opening up talks with Cuba to help thaw the needless block of ice that has frozen diplomatic relations between our two countries. He answered: “Cuba has to change its society first!” Fidel Castro called him, “stupid,” and I agree with Fidel and here’s why.

I would like US society to change the way Cuba’s society is. Besides providing every resident with a free and outstanding education through university and outstanding health care in a system that trains foreign doctors to work in economically and socially disadvantaged areas (yes, even Americans), the lifestyle is simpler and community is not just a concept, it’s a reality.

In 1991 after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Cuba went through what it calls the “Special Period,” where its imports and exports were cut by 80% and the Period was defined by a lack of petroleum products. Less emphasis was put on the automobile. Hunger was rampant, and the people of the nation are rightly proud of the fact that everyone worked together to survive and make food security a number one priority. Sustainable farming was instituted by necessity. I was told that the Mothers of Cuba are honored for their commitment during the Special Period to finding enough food to keep her family alive, and ways to prepare it that were not too disgusting to ingest.

I have heard stories from the Revolution and stayed, once, in a hospitality house that are staffed by descendants of men and women who allied with the Revolution in the Sierra Madres and helped the Castros be victorious. It is a very honored position.

As Fidel said, the US empire with probably collapse before the Revolution fails in Cuba.

I believe that every American that has the opportunity should travel down to Cuba. We have been propangandized about that country for decades now and Fidel has survived hundreds of CIA assassination attempts. With the profound meddling of the US, how has the revolution been able to continue for so long if it is unpopular?

Since my son was killed and I occupied Crawford, Texas, I have been so fortunate to be able to travel around the world and experience things that few Americans have and one of these things has been to go to Cuba and bear witness to the truth.

I will try and post an update everyday, but Cuba is not a frenetic, “we must be hardwired to our technology” kind of place.

Long live the Revolution!

Cuba Libre!

Hasta la victoria, siempre.

Cindy Sheehan

Cindy Sheehan

Cindy Sheehan

Cindy Sheehan is an American anti-war activist whose son, Specialist Casey Sheehan, was killed during his service in the Iraq War by the Mehdi Army on April 4, 2004. She attracted national and international media attention in August 2005 for her extended anti-war protest at a makeshift camp outside President George W. Bush's Texas ranch — a stand which drew both passionate support and angry criticism. More of her writings can be found at Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox: Writing from the Emprire.

7 thoughts on “Cindy Sheehan: Day One Of On The Road To Cuba – OpEd

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    November 16, 2011 at 6:22 am
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    Feel free to stay in Cuba as long as you like Cindy. No need to blog either. We know know you love the attention, but your 15 minutes are long over. You see, the democrat media lost it’s use for you, especially with their darling Obama in the White House. But enjoy sipping your mojitos as you travel the world and trash our great country. And why not stop by and give your other dissent-quashing friend Hugo Chavez a visit before he soon croaks?
    Cindy, it is sad to watch you self-destruct as you are reduced to irrelevance. You are not the hero Casey is. The world needs better people like your son, and all our brave veterans (including the patriot you assaulted at Travis AFB over Thanksgiving weekend 2 years ago).
    Peace on Earth
    Wendy Nelson

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    November 16, 2011 at 3:08 pm
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    Who gives a damn what this witch wants! Revoke her passport and her U.S. citizenship once she’s in Cuba!

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    November 16, 2011 at 11:45 pm
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    Hi Cindy…I admire women that are not afraid to tell the truth…and not so hung up with the discriminating things like flags and songs and stuff like that…stay safe and stay away from all those Hollywood people that go there for the same sort of reasons every year…they might rub off..na..don’t eat too much.And hurry back when you’re done…with the proof.

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    November 17, 2011 at 12:49 am
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    Stay there!

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    November 17, 2011 at 2:16 am
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    Cindy girl your lose is immense. therapy and time will help, sucking up to communist oppression is evil

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    November 17, 2011 at 3:24 am
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    Sheehan is a hypocrite. the war in Afghanistan has not ended and she has failed to protest in front of the White House or denounce Obama. She is living off exploting the tragedy of her son.

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    December 3, 2011 at 9:16 pm
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    Alfonso, you clearly have no idea what you’re talking about. Cindy has never supported Obama. She voted for Cynthia Mckinney in 2008, and has been calling Obama out on his war crimes in Pakistan from day one, including protests outside the White House, his vacation home in Martha’s Vineyard, and at his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech. Do a simple wikipedia or google search before making up stuff about people.

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