Cuba's "social media" (the topic of Alec Ross celebratory speech) is so tiny in the nation run by the regime co-founded by Che Guevara (the hero of Alec Ross' speech) as to be essentially irrelevant. Cuba—a nation with more phones and TVs per capita than most European countries before Che Guevara set foot on her shores– today has fewer internet connections per-capita than Uganda and fewer cell phones than Papua New Guinea. The Stalinist regime Che Guevara co-founded is very vigilant in these matters.
The KGB –trained police employed by the regime Che-Guevara co-founded controls what its subjects, read, say, earn, eat (both both and amount), where they live, travel or work. "Fear is the basic instrument of (Cuban) political control," concluded a report in the mid 1990's by the Catholic Human Rights group Pax Christi.
I provide the following as a public service for nay U.S. State Dept. officials tuning in to The Daily Caller: Ernesto "Che" Guevara (the gentleman a Senior U.S. State Dept. Official hails as an emblem of freedom) was second in command, chief executioner, and chief KGB liaison for a regime that outlawed elections and private property. This regime's KGB-supervised police — employing the midnight knock and the dawn raid among other devices — rounded up and jailed more political prisoners as a percentage of population than Stalin's and executed more people (out of a population of 6.4 million) in its first three years in power than Hitler's executed (out of a population of 70 million) in its first six.
The regime Che Guevara co-founded stole the savings and property of 6.4 million citizens, made refugees of 20 per cent of the population from a nation formerly deluged with immigrants and whose citizens had achieved a higher standard of living than those residing in half of Europe. Che Guevara's regime also shattered — through executions, jailings, mass larceny and exile — virtually every family on the island of Cuba. Many opponents of the Cuban regime qualify as the longest-suffering political prisoners in modern history, having suffered prison camps, forced labor and torture chambers for a period THREE TIMES as long in Che Guevara's Gulag as Alexander Solzhenytzin suffered in Stalin's Gulag.
Today the world's largest Che Guevara image adorns Cuba's headquarters and torture chambers for its KGB-trained secret police. Nothing could be more fitting.
Imagine the MSM snarkiness and uproar if Sarah Palin, as an official of the U.S. Department of State, lauded a man who insulted the U.S. as “the Great Enemy of Mankind! “ and her countrymen as “hyenas fit only for extermination!” and who openly craved to incinerate millions of them with a surprise nuclear attack. "If the missiles had remained," confided Che Guevara to The London Daily Worker in Nov. 1962, "we would have fired them against the very heart of the U.S., including New York City."
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.