“Injustice is relatively easy to bear; it is justice that hurts.” —H.L. Mencken
Last month Fidel Castro took great (and uncharacteristic) umbrage at the Obama administration. “Angry Cuba demands [emphasis mine] removal from U.S. terrorism list,” ran a Reuters headline.
"We categorically reject this new hostile action by the government of the United States against Cuba," snapped Josefina Vidal Ferreiro in an AP article, reacting to the new U.S. airport security measures after the foiled Christmas bombing. Senora Vidal serves as head of the Cuban Foreign Ministry's “Office of North American Affairs.” “These new security controls are discriminatory and selective!” she snarled.
Perhaps she also meant they might be “effective,” - against herself. Don't look for this revelation in the AP, Reuters, CNN or from any “news” agency that has earned a coveted Havana Bureau from Cuba's Stalinist regime, but this very Josefina Vidal was expelled from the U.S. in 2003 for espionage. At the time she served as a “diplomat” in New York as “First Secretary” of Castro's mission to the U.N., an outfit with an absolutely engrossing history.
On Nov. 17, 1962, J. Edgar Hoover's FBI cracked a plot by Cuban agents that targeted Macy's, Gimbel's, Bloomingdale's and Manhattan's Grand Central Terminal with a dozen incendiary devices and 500 kilos of TNT. The massive attack was set for the following week, the day after Thanksgiving.
Castro planned his Manhattan attack short weeks after Nikita Khrushchev foiled his plans for an even bigger one. "Say hello to my little friends!" Castro had dreamed of yelling at the hated Yankees in October of 1962, right before he imagined mushroom clouds appearing. But for the prudence of the Butcher of Budapest, Castro might have pulled it off. "If the missiles had remained," Fidel's sidekick Che Guevara confided to The London Daily Worker in November 1962 regarding the Cuban Missile Crisis, "We would have used them against the very heart of the U.S., including New York."
In his diaries, Nikita Khrushchev hints that Fidel and Che's mass murder fantasy (these maniacs might get their fingers near the buttons!) was a bigger factor in his decision to yank the missiles from Cuba than JFK's so-called blockade.
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 www.hfontova.com.