“My nation is hardly perfect in human rights. A very large number of our citizens are incarcerated in prison, and there is little doubt that the death penalty is imposed most harshly on those who are poor, black, or mentally ill. For more than a quarter century, we have struggled unsuccessfully to guarantee the basic right of universal health care for our people. …but Cuba has superb systems of health care and universal education.” (Speech by Jimmy Carter at the University of Havana on May 14, 2002 which was broadcast throughout Castro’s island-wide fiefdom and trumpeted worldwide by all “news” agencies that earned Havana Bureaus.)
Thus did a former President of the United States prostrate himself before a regime that jailed and tortured political prisoners at a higher rate than Stalin’s and murdered (in absolute numbers) more political prisoners in its first three years in power (out of a population of 6.4 million) than Hitler’s murdered in its first six years (out of a population of 70 million.) Not to mention that Pres. Carter’s host insulted his nation as “a vulture preying on humanity!” and came within a hair of nuking it.
“Medical care (in Cuba) was once for the privileged few. Today it is available to every Cuban and it is free....Health and education are the revolution’s great success stories.” (Peter Jennings, World News Tonight, April 3, 1989)
“Castro has brought great healthcare to his country” (ABC’s Barbara Walters, Oct. 11, 2002)
“Even today, Cuba has one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the world.” (Katie Couric reporting on NBC’s Today, February 13, 1992)
“Frankly, to be a poor child in Cuba may in many instances be better than being a poor child in Miami, and I’m not going to condemn their lifestyle so gratuitously.” (Newsweek’s Eleanor Clift on The McLaughlin Group, April 8, 2000)
Unluckily for the above “news analysts” and Human Rights spokespersons, the people cursed by fate to live under Castro/Stalinism have a drastically different story to tell, as we already saw here.
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.