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Despair

Doc’s got your socialist “worker’s paradise” right here:

But the worst thing I ever saw was in Cuba.

We deployed?Ǭ†in the vicinity of the?Ǭ†fenceline. We met the refugees as they approached, and with weapons in hand, denied them entry to the base (US Naval base at Gitmo – ed). They had managed to traverse a kilometer deep minefield covered by towers with machine guns?Ǭ†to get to this point. They had left everything they had ever known in order to get out of there. And we stopped them. We had orders. We had our orders, so we followed them. After enough shouting and threatening, the refugees eventualy gave up and headed back. Back into Cuba. While I was sweating my balls off under the hot sun, these refugees made a mistake. They had gotten through the minefield the first time, but they had not followed in their own footsteps going back. While I was thinking to myself how I wish these people would hurry up and go back so that I could head back to someplace with air-conditioning, one of them stepped on a landmine.

That explosion touched my world.

Then, I witnessed the worst thing I ever saw in my life.

As the?Ǭ†dust cloud wafted away from those refugees, nobody ran. Nobody screamed. Nobody said anything.

They just laid down to die in the middle of a minefield that was the sun’s anvil.

Think of how badly you would not want to die like that. Think about that real hard. Think about slowly dying of exposure in a minefield. Think about what would make you risk such an outcome. Think about it real hard, and then remember that as bad as that was, it was better than going back.

Despair was once described to me by a college english professor?Ǭ†as “the death throes of hope.” That day in the minefield was despair incarnate, and it was the worst thing I have ever seen with mine own eyes.

Make a fucking documentary of that.

Indeed. Won’t happen, though; for some unfathomable reason, too many of our Hollywood elite are deluded Castro bootlicks, and they’d never stand for it. Much easier to carp about Bush anyway, don’t you know; despite their incessant puling about “crushing of dissent” — a “crushing” that never seems to actually, y’know, shut anybody’s fat yap for them — they know they’ll never suffer any consequences from that.

(Via Bill and Val)

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