Excerpt from Memoirs of a Cuban Youth, el diario de un cubanito.

Saturday, April 5, 1985

Today they bombed a discotheque frequented by American soldiers in West Germany. Everybody knows where those bombs come from. However, not until hundreds of innocent victims will die the time be ripe to do something -- if then even.

It makes me think of a Cuban proverb that goes "He who ties the cow is as guilty as the one who slaughters her". Or as Jorge says, if they would have allowed Patton to invade the Soviet Union, how many lives would have been saved.

Between the fact that Americans are viciously envied on the one side, and the fact that they don't put a stop to injustice in time on the other side, no wonder

Americans are hated in so many parts of the world.

Americans do not attack unless they don't have a good reason for it.

There's a popular joke, told by Cuban comedian Álvarez Guedes, of three soldiers about to be shot in a Nazi war camp. Asked for a last wish, the British soldier asked to smoke a pipe, the French soldier wanted a gourmet meal. The American asked to be kicked in his ass. The Nazi soldier kicked him. The American jumped in somersaults, pulled out a pistol and killed the Nazi soldier.

"Why didn't you do that before?" asked the British and French soldiers. "He didn't do anything to me before," answered the American.

I don't think there's going to be a substantial change in the future.


Ralph Rewes

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