I have my doubts about the efficacy of protest by suicide, and undoubtedly Cuba needs Guillermo Fariñas, who has been on hunger strike since Feb. 24, to live.
But consider this: Would the prime minister of Spain or the president of Chile or the president of the United States have said anything recently about the human rights situation in Cuba or demand the release of Cuban political prisoners if not for the sacrifice of Guillermo Fariñas or before him, Orlando Zapata Tamayo?
Would Cuba be on top of mind right now around the world if not for the bravery of the Damas De Blanco who did not flinch as they, in the face of ugly mobs, demanded freedom for their loved ones?
With their sacrifices, Zapata, Fariñas and the Damas, have made the current situation in Cuba something the world can no longer ignore or excuse.
As much as I wish Zapata had lived and that Fariñas would eat and that the Damas could be assured they are safe to walk the streets of Havana, their sacrifices have not been in vain.
Their sacrifices will make Cuba free.