The oldest gay-rights organization in Latin America is taking Fidel Castro to the International Court of justice in The Hague for “crimes against humanity.”
“What?!” snort the “enlightened.” This clown got the news exactly bass-ackwards! In fact, last week Fidel Castro apologized graciously for his regime’s past mistreatment of gays. His graciousness has been accepted graciously by all enlightened parties. The AP, Reuters and CNN picked up the story and it went media-viral. Any Google search finds it in spades. Where have you been, Townhall?”
The “news” agencies to which Fidel Castro bestowed Havana “press” bureaus indeed ran with his “apology” regarding his historic jailing, torture and murder of gays. But true to their Cuba-“reporting” the MSM has completely “overlooked” the World Court complaint by Brazil’s Grupo Gay da Bahía, which is to say, what prompted the apology in the first place.
Again, true to form, the MSM pack—yipping, yapping, tails wagging, tongues hanging -- followed the snickering Castro’s every cue as he led them off the trail of this damaging accusation in the World Court. Again, dutiful to their mission as outlined by Castro upon granting their Havana Bureaus, they rushed to bark up every wrong tree and report bald misinformation.
“Castro, 84, said he was busy in those days (of repressing Cuban gays, as documented here) fending off threats from the United States, including attempts on his life, and trying to maintain the revolution that put him in power in 1959,” dutifully reports (i.e. transcribes from Castro’s hand-out) Reuters.
“What threats, Mr Castro?” a genuine reporting agency might ask him. “The forced-labor camps and torture-chambers, for Cuban gays went up in 1965. Yet on Oct. 1962 the U.S. vowed to –not only refrain from molesting you—but to protect you. “We ended up getting exactly what we’d wanted all along,” snickered Nikita Khrushchev in his memoirs regarding the Missile “Crisis” resolution: “security for Fidel Castro’s regime and American missiles removed from Turkey. Until today the U.S. has complied with her promise not to interfere with Castro and not to allow anyone else to interfere with Castro. After Kennedy’s death, his successor Lyndon Johnson assured us that he would keep the promise not to invade Cuba.
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.