“The assassination of an unarmed human being while surrounded by his own relatives is something abhorrent. Assassinating him and sending him to the depths of the sea shows fear and insecurity, (and) turns him into a much more dangerous figure.” Fidel Castro, May 5th.
You’d like to think: “Come on, Humberto! Why bother? No one takes Fidel Castro’s blathering seriously!”
Alas, all evidence proves the opposite. Most educated people, for instance, based on the MSM’s dutiful dissemination of Fidel Castro’s blatherings, firmly believe the U.S. embargoes or even “blockades” Cuba.
When in fact; for most of the last decade the U.S. has served as Cuba’s biggest food supplier and fifth biggest import partner. The expenditures by 400,000 travelers from the U.S. to Cuba , combined with a blizzard of remittances from the U.S. to Cuba makes the annual cash-flow from the U.S. to Cuba $4 billion nowadays. While a proud Soviet satrapy Cuba received $3-5 billion annually from the Soviets. Some “U.S. blockade.”
Point is, never underestimate the gullibility and/or servility of the world’s media (particularly those bestowed Havana Press Bureaus) to Fidel Castro’s blatherings.
Sadly, lunacy on the subject of Fidel Castro is hardly confined to the lunatic fringe. Upon his illness in 2006, an editorial on Castro's legacy by the (Rupert Murdoch-owned, no-less!) London Times, considered one of the world's wisest and most respected newspapers, gave the "mainstream" or even the respectably conservative view on Fidel Castro.
"Castro has some real accomplishments to point to," starts the London Times. "Under his rule, the impoverished Caribbean island has created health and education systems that would be the envy of far wealthier nations…and there is near full literacy on the island."
For the record: in 1958 that "impoverished Caribbean island" had a higher standard of living than Ireland and Austria, higher per-capita income than Spain and Japan, more doctors and dentists per capita than Britain and lower infant mortality than France and Germany--the 13th lowest in the world, in fact. Today Cuba's infant-mortality rate-- despite the hemisphere's highest abortion rate which skews this figure downward-- is 48th from the top.
“Propaganda is the heart of our struggle,” (Fidel Castro in a letter to revolutionary colleague Melba Hernandez in 1956.)
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.