When Fidel Castro (whose regime jailed political prisoners at a higher rate than Stalin’s and murdered them at a higher rate pre-war Hitler’s) recently slammed Arizona’s SB 1070 as “a brutal violation of human rights,” few Cuba-watchers took notice. Half a century into the show, the spectacle of Cuba’s Stalinist dictator and the Democratic/ MSM axis crooning duets is much too routine to inspire serious commentary.
These duets started early. And compared to them, the ones by Diana Ross/Lionel Ritchie, Peabo Bryson/Roberta Flack and even Sonny/Cher appear pathetically clumsy and out-of-tune. To wit:
“I am not a communist and communists have absolutely no influence within my regime.” (Fidel Castro May 1959)
“Fidel Castro is not only NOT a Communist, he is decidedly ANTI-Communist. In Cuba there are NO COMMUNISTS in positions of control.” (Herbert Matthews, New York Times, June 1959)
“In truth I am a lover of democracy. When one right is suppressed, then all others can be repressed. This damages the principle of democracy.” (Fidel Castro, May 1959)
“Castro is honest. And an honest government is something unique in Cuba. Castro is not himself even remotely a Communist.” (Newsweek magazine, April 1959.)
“Many nations have learned from Cuba’s health-care systems. Here nobody is left without the health-care and education they need.” (Fidel Castro, March 1993)
"Cuba has superb systems of health care and universal education.” (Former Democratic President Jimmy Carter, May 2002)
“The Yankees were exploiters. The boss for Cubans was always a mister. The profits always went to Yankee banks. These foreigners condemned Cuban workers to a miserable existence!” (Fidel Castro Oct. 1960)
"I believe that there is no country in the world where economic colonization, humiliation and exploitation were worse than in Cuba, in part owing to my country’s policies” ( Democratic President John F. Kennedy Nov. 1963.)
And on, and on, and on……..
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.