Over the past month there have been a series of assessments of the past 50 years of the Cuban Revolution.
Today on this anniversary, I would like to give my own.
I do not think the Revolution, throughout it's 50 years of existence, has merrited very many words for this day. I can sum its failures and successes in only a few words:
Healthcare, education, indoctrination, political prisoners, repression, lack of freedom...that list word association game is endless.
To sum the Revolution's 50 years, I'd simply say that they improved the lives of a small minority of people, but at a significant cost (in lives, standard of living, family, money, and much else) to the vast majority.
If given a second chance, with the benefit of hindsight, I'm sure the Cuban people would not choose this path.
There, that's your splendid 50.
May there not be another.