Humberto Fontova

Protecting U.S. diplomats from terrorists on foreign soil is one thing. Protecting terror-sponsoring diplomats on U.S. soil quite another. Our State Department is currently under heavy fire for failing at the former.

But a diplomat from a nation the U.S. officially classifies as a State-Sponsor-of-Terror has no complaints whatsoever against our State Department’s security services. This diplomat and her entourage -- under a heavy State Dept. security detail -- safely sashayed through New York and Philadelphia for almost two weeks this month without being subjected to so much as a frown from any bystander. When she stopped for Sunday brunch in Philadelphia’s Old City one thing that caught the eye of the local paper was "heavy security" surrounding Raul Castro’s daughter Mariela and her Cuban co-horts.

For the second time in slightly over a year Cuban dictator Raul Castro’s daughter Mariela, an official of her father and uncle’s Stalinist, terror-sponsoring regime, was granted a U.S. visa. The purpose of her visit to the nation her uncle and father craved to nuke, that they trained and armed terrorists from the Black panthers to the Weathermen to terrorize, and that millions of her hapless compatriots crave as refuge from the Stalinist horrors her family inflicts--the purpose of this visit was to lecture Americans on human rights while receiving honors and awards for her own contributions to the cause of human rights.

The forum and her award were courtesy of the Philadelphia-based gay rights group Equality Forum, who also honored Barney Frank that weekend.

The faithful communist apparatchik of a regime that jailed political prisoners at a higher rate than Stalin during the Great Terror, murdered more Cubans than Hitler murdered Germans during the Night of Long Knives, craved to incite a worldwide Nuclear war, and in the process converted a nation with a higher per-capita income than half of Europe into one that repels Haitians -- this same communist apparatchik is on record as favoring gay-marriage, you see. Hence the human-rights honors and awards for Mariela Castro.

To former Congressman Frank’s credit, even he seemed to find the award to the communist official from his partners in gay activism slightly disturbing. While sharing a panel with Castro and mildly praising her current work, Frank forthrightly called her father and uncle, "among the great betrayers of liberalism and human rights."

Humberto Fontova

Humberto Fontova holds an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Tulane University and is the author of four books including his latest, The Longest Romance; The Mainstream Media and Fidel Castro. For more information and for video clips of his Television and college speaking appearances please visit