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……..
(For the record: In 1958, Cuba had a higher per-capita income than Austria and Japan. Cuban industrial workers had the 8th highest wages in the world. And of Cuba's 161 sugar mills, only forty were U.S.-owned. According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, in 1958, U.S. investments in Cuba accounted for only 13 percent of Cuba's GNP. To cap it all: during the 50’s more Cubans vacationed in the U.S. than Americans in Cuba. Be sure to inform your History professor….now back to the originally scheduled program.)
Alas, cues from the Democratic/MSM teleprompter probably didn’t prompt Castro’s recent snipes against Arizona’s SB 1070. Instead, Governor Brewer’s law probably stung him hard—and right where it hurts most.
Don’t look for this anywhere in the U.S. media but last week Cancun’s former mayor , Gregorio Sanchez, who was also running for governor of Mexico’s state of Quintana Roo (which includes Cancun and the Caribbean “Mexican Riviera,”) was arrested and charged with a string of crimes including money-laundering and trafficking in drugs and illegal immigrants. Interestingly, Senor Sanchez is married to a Cuban Senorita named Niurka Sáliva, daughter of one of Fidel Castro’s top Intelligence officials.
“But, Humberto?” you say. “Why should something so commonplace and provincially Mexican be reported in the U.S. media?”
Because the drug and human contraband (the later including Cubans, Russians, Chinese and perhaps Al-Quaeda-allied Somali terroristss) from this Mexican way-station, courtesy of Gregorio Sanchez and his Castroite wife, were mostly bound for the U.S. --with Arizona a probable entry point. That’s why.
Connecting a few dots: last week, “Anthony Joseph Tracy, 35, was set free after pleading guilty to human smuggling charges ….Tracy, a former informant two U.S. intelligence agencies, was collared at JFK Airport last January. He copped to helping 272 Somalis illegally enter the U.S. from Kenya through Cuba. …Tracy allegedly helped the Somalis get travel visas to Cuba. After traveling from Kenya to Dubai to Moscow to Cuba, they then went to South America before entering the United States through the border in Mexico.”
Mexican investigative reporter José Antonio Pérez Stuart has uncovered links between the international publicity campaign against Arizona and money from powerful Latin American narco-Castroite mafias. That’s also why.
Mexican newspapers have also revealed that a Cuban gentleman named Boris “El Boris” del Valle, son of Cuba’s former Minister of the Interior (KGB-trained Secret Police/Intelligence) and a relative of Fidel Castro’s wife Dalia del Valle , worked closely with the Sanchez couple and was the “hands-on” operative for the smuggling of drugs and humans into the U.S. His official title while residing in Cancun was Gregorio Sanchez’ “Security Assessor,” as befit his title in Cuba as a dashing G-2 (military intelligence) officer.
With the assistance of his Cuban home-boys “el Boris” (now in a Mexican jail) had set up his own police/military fiefdom in the Cancun area. Boris worked hand-in-glove with Los Zetas, probably the most “efficient” gang of drug smuggling “enforcers” in the world. He also imported hundreds of fellow Castroite functionaries to staff his smuggling operation. Most of these Cuban agents entered Mexico under the guise of “cultural exchanges.”
By the way, normally the MSM would brand Los Zetas a “death squad.” But since their tortures and rub-outs generally benefit “leftists’ (Castro, Ortega, Chavez and their allied narco-mafiosi) mum is the term in mainstream media circles. Now find some link, however tenuous, from them to the CIA or a “U.S. backed strong man” and—I ga-ron-tee! -- the label “death-squad” would become instantly viral throughout the worldwide media.
So let’s step back and have a look: a nation classified by the U.S. State Dept. as a State Sponsor of Terrorism (Cuba) is likely helping smuggle Al Qaeda –allied terrorists into the U.S.
Obama Team’s response? Why let’s abolish those hideously embarrassing Bush-era restrictions and make it easier for Cubans to travel to the U.S., all in the name of—you-guessed it—“cultural exchanges!”
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.