After two years of legal wrangling radio-host Michael Savage is still banned from setting foot in Britain. The original ban handed down in May 2009 was explained by former Labor Home Secretary Jacqui Smith. “Coming to the U.K. is a privilege,” she said, “and I refuse to extend that privilege to individuals who abuse our standards and values and who foster extremist views as I want them to know that they are not welcome here. Mr. Savage engages in unacceptable behavior by seeking to provoke others to serious criminal acts and fostering hatred.”
The current “Conservative” British administration of David Cameron holds fast to the ban. “Your client has not provided any evidence to show that he did not commit the unacceptable behaviour that caused the decision to exclude him,” recently wrote British Gov. spokesman Michael Atkins to Michael Savage’s attorney.
Instead of the false contrition, groveling and confessions that Stalin, Mao and Che Guevara demanded from the subjects they accused of “thought crimes,” (before murdering them) Michael Savage had sought to repudiate his listing alongside terrorists and Nazis by resorting to the tenets of Western jurisprudence and presenting evidence to the contrary.
“His bad” some might quip regarding the strategy. In today’s Britain what’s left of the Magna Carta only work s in favor of actual Islamic terrorists.
One month after insulting and banning Michael Savage in 2009, Britain opened her arms to Che Guevara’s daughter, Aleida. The occasion was a celebration in London titled Cuba50, billed as “the biggest European celebration in the 50th anniversary year of the Cuban Revolution. “In London’s expansive Barbican Centre, Britain threw the continent’s biggest party commemorating fifty years of Castro’s Stalinist regime, which jailed political prisoners at a higher rate than Stalin’s, murdered political prisoners at a higher rate than pre-war Hitler’s, and came closest of anyone to plunging the world into nuclear war. Che’s daughter was there to promote, in her own words: “my father’s ideals, his concerns, and his ambitions. I believe that my father is a banner to the world.”
Fine. Let’s have a look at Aleida’s father’s “ambitions,” mindful that what got Michael Savage banned from Britain was his purported “fostering of extremist views” and his “hate speech.”
“Hatred is the central element of our struggle!” raved Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara in his 1966 Message to the Tricontinental Conference in Havana. “Hatred so violent that it propels a human being beyond his natural limitations, making him violent and cold- blooded killing machine…We reject any peaceful approach. Violence is inevitable. To establish Socialism rivers of blood must flow… These hyenas (Americans) are fit only for extermination. We must keep our hatred alive and fan it to paroxysm! The victory of Socialism is well worth millions of atomic victims!”
No rational person would require much elasticity of definition to classify Aleida’s father’s speech as hateful. And Aleida Guevara, in an interview with the Guardian during the visit, boasted that the purpose of her visit was to “foster her father’s views.” “I want to be like Che and fight until final victory, then you feel elated. It is preferable to sink in the sea than to betray the glory that once lived!”
The British government gives no indication that in the process of “promoting her fathers’ ideals” Aleida Guevara presented the slightest offense to Britain’s “standards and values.”
Adding insult to injury a few weeks back, Britain hosted one of Castro’s premier butchers, Victor Dreke. “One of Che Guevara's 'pillars' is in London for the 50th anniversary of the Bay of Pigs,” headlined the UK’s Independent. “His belief in the socialist system remains resolute; his disdain for the US unchanged; his pride for what he, Che, the Castro brothers and the revolution achieved intact.”
The prideful “achievements” of Castro, Che and Dreke include jailing political prisoners at a higher rate than Stalin during the Great Terror and murdering more Cubans than Hitler murdered Germans during the Night of Long Knives. Many more Cubans died while trying to escape these “achievements” than Germans died escaping East Germany. The “achievement” of this wholesale butchery was to plunge a nation with a higher per capita income and a lower infant mortality than half of Europe and deluged with immigrants into one that repels Haitians. Alas, in the process, the Castro brothers did “achieve” the power of Stalin and Mao.
Unmentioned by his British hosts is that their recent guest of honor, Che Guevara henchman Victor Dreke, had a very bloody hand in one of the major anti-insurgency wars of our hemisphere. Don’t look for this in your college textbooks, The History Channel, MSM, etc. but farm collectivization was no more voluntary in Cuba than in the Ukraine. And Cuba’s Kulaks had guns—at first anyway. Then the Kennedy-Khrushchev pact that “solved” the Missile Crisis left them defenseless against Soviet tanks, helicopters and flame-throwers.
Thousands of troops under Victor Dreke, scores of Soviet advisors, and squadrons of Soviet tanks, helicopters and flame-throwers finally extinguished the lonely Cuban freedom-fight. Elsewhere they call this “an insurgency,” and reporters flock in to “embed” and report. Mass murder was the order in Cuba’s countryside in the early 60’s, with Che and his henchman Victor Dreke gleefully giving orders. None of this however, seems to represent “unacceptable behavior” in the view of the British government.
This ferocious guerrilla war, waged 90 miles from America’s shores, might have taken place on the planet Pluto for all you’ll read about it in the MSM. To get an idea of the odds faced by those rural rebels and laborers, the desperation of their battle and the damage they wrought against forces commanded by Britain’s recent guest of honor, you might revisit Tony Montana during the last 15 minutes of “Scarface.”
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.
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