Desde Dentro de Cuba.

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July 8, 1999.

THE IRON CURTAIN FELL WITH THE LAST OF THE BOLSHEVIKS By Guillermo Alvarez, Cuba Free Press.

HAVANA - Vladimir Illich Lenin, a key initiator of the "great" Bolshevik Marxist revolution in Russia in October 1917, needed thousands of sheets of paper on which to pen his works.

Then the Union of Socialist Soviet Republics (USSR) which he helped start had nearly seven decades to practice international socialism/communism, the last five years of which USSR President Michael Gorbachev used in demonstrating that Marxist socialism was not only inefficient but a disaster.

The beginning of the 21st century will mark the 10th anniversary of the fall of the communist block in east Europe, an event which no political experts had predicted. And what's even better than the fall, none of the soviet "republics" that won independence has asked for a return of the Soviet Union.

THE END OF ONE TOTALITARIANISM

With the death of Konstatin Ustinovich Chernenko, the first secretary of the Soviet Communist Party, on March 10, 1985, the totalitarian power exercised in "the name of the people" had gone on for 68 years under the Soviet Communist Party.

In that same decade of the 80's, the following heads of the USSR died: Leonid Brezhnev in November 1982 and Yuri Andropov in February 1984. In March 1985, Michael Gorbachev became the last of the descendants of the Bolsheviks to take power; he virtually turned the USSR around.

Shortly after assuming his duties, Gorbachev had said, "To carry out international relations in the current world, it is not possible to ignore the interests of other states and even less possible to deprive them of the opportunity to choose their own way of development." Had the preceding decades shown something to the contrary? His declaration would seem to suggest that.

Meanwhile, in Cuba 38 years of socialism/communism occurred. In April 1961 the socialist character of the Castro revolution was proclaimed, hailing the doctrine of Lenin, Karl Marx and Frederich Engels. The result was "useful and beautiful" - but only on the theoretic plane.

The second world war had shown the capacity of people to unite during catastrophes, accidents and unexpected disasters. But beyond that to continue to live under the orders of generals was completely different.

During the first 25 years of the socialist revolution of Cuba, certain phrases became popular, such as "moral stimulus," "volunteer work," "worker-guard" and many slogans that eventually were left behind.

Some of the slogans may still be heard but hardly anyone takes them seriously. And even though the older defenders of the dogmas of Marx, Engels and Lenin may pretend that they continue to believe them, their very own experience demonstrates the contrary. Cuban communism was based on a myth and naturally it failed miserably.

The changes in the old USSR between 1985 and 1991 should also have occurred on this island but its government prevented that, despite the irrefutable proof of the dependence of the country on Moscow.

A decade after the USSR fell apart, which even Fidel Castro called the collapse of the USSR and its satellites, the power in Havana has not been able to move out of the whirlpool which drew it down with the fall of the communist empire.

From one stumble to the next, the Castro regime continues, as if balancing itself on a weak rope. We live only for the day and during the last decade we have seen the beginning of the end. The chords of "The Internationale," the "great hymn of the workers" may be heard occasionally at the Revolutionary Plaza but now it's no more than the faint song of sirens, drawing nobody toward the revolution.

How long must we wait? Nobody knows. Not even the most brilliant political student. We know, yes, that already there is nothing left, except the ruins, the loss of love, the indolence. As many say: The whole country is sinking into the abyss.

Guillermo Alvarez, Cuba Free Press.


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