Evading the massive U.S. dragnet ordered by JFK, intrepid Cuban exile freedom-fighters moved their operations to the Bahamas. But JFK was quickly on the phone to Harold Macmillan, alerting the British Prime Minister to the presence of these pesky Cubans and requesting the solidarity of Her Majesty’s Navy in nabbing them. Macmillan was quick to comply.
So let’s step back and consider a key article of the MSM mantra on Castro, how this “valiant” and “plucky underdog defied ten U.S. presidents!”
In fact, as well known by the historically literate, far from “defying” anyone, Castro survived by hiding behind the skirts of the three most powerful nations in modern history: the U.S., the Soviet Union and the British Empire. The genuine “plucky underdogs” were the Cuban exile freedom-fighters defying these super-powers while trying to free their homeland with small arms and while persecuted by powerful “freedom-loving” nations allied (again) with the Soviet Union.
“Castro is responsible for the persecution, imprisonment in forced labor concentration camps, torture, banishment, and death of thousands of gays, transvestites and lesbians," reads the recent Grupo Gay da Bahía’s accusation.
But Reuter’s transcription of their Cuban propaganda ministry hand-out “reports” that the Castro regime decriminalized homosexual activity in 1979.
A better judge might be the Spanish Gay organization Fundación LGBT Reinaldo Arenas that reports tens of thousands of Cuba gays recently fined, imprisoned or forcibly deported from Havana to the countryside along with 600 HIV positive men in Cuban prisons for the crime of being HIV positive. (Castro’s regime is widely lauded in Hollywood , by the way, the Red-Ribbon capitol of the world.)
Might the last half century have given news agencies cause to doubt a Castro pronouncement? After watching this short YouTube, of Fidel Castro addressing the National press club in Washington D.C. (in English, a rare honor) you be the judge.
For months by the time of the above speech, Fidel, Raul, and Che had been repairing to their respective (stolen) Havana mansions nightly and conferring with Soviet GRU Agents to button the Stalinization of Cuba. Raul Castro had been supervised by a KGB handler since 1953 and when arrested in Mexico in 1956, Ernesto ‘Che” Guevara was found to have, in his very wallet, the calling card of the KGB’s top Latin American agent, Nikolai Leonov.
But the MSM of the day, rolled up their sleeves, spit on their hands and plunged head-long into their investigative labors!
"This is not a Communist Revolution in any sense of the term. Fidel Castro is not only not a Communist, he is decidedly anti-Communist." (Herbert Matthews, New York Times, July 1959)
"It would be a great mistake even to intimate that Castro's Cuba has any real prospect of becoming a Soviet satellite." (Walter Lippmann, Washington Post July, 1959)
“That's a cute Puppy, Fidelito! When will you visit us again? And will that be with the beard or without the beard?" (Edward Murrow, CBS Feb. 1959).
“Castro is honest, and an honest government is something unique in Cuba. Castro is not himself even remotely a Communist.” (Newsweek, April 1959)
“We can thank our lucky stars Castro is no Communist,” (Look Magazine, March 1959)
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.