"Everywhere we were surrounded by laughing children who obviously loved Fidel!" wrote the rapt gentleman from South Dakota about an "impromptu" jeep ride he took with his Stalinist host upon his first Cuban visit back in 1975.
So let's step back for a second. The political party (Democratic) that governs the "land of the free" (United States) hails George Mc Govern as its "Conscience," "Elder Statesman," and awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2000. This "conscience" and "Medal of Freedom" winner then hails a Stalinist dictator (Fidel Castro) as his "good" and "old friend."
For the record, McGovern's "friend" jailed political prisoners at a higher rate than Stalin during the Great Terror, murdered more Cubans than Hitler murdered Germans during the Night of Long Knives, and craved to nuke U.S. Presidential candidate George McGovern's very homeland. Say Barry Goldwater or Ronald Reagan had boasted of friendship with Augusto Pinochet (whose toll of alleged murders, is dwarfed by that of Castro's documented murders--and who somehow always refrained from trying to nuke us.)
Might the Media-Democratic–Propaganda-Complex have noticed?
Say Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachman had words of praise for former South African president P.W. Botha owing to the great healthcare the Apartheid regime provided Black South Africans. Might the media find the item worthy of mention and snarkiness?
Interestingly, according to UNICEF statistics, infant-mortality rates for South African blacks were in fact lower and life-expectancy rates higher, during the Apartheid regime than afterwards. Conversely, pre-Castro Cuba had the 13th lowest infant-mortality rate in the world. This put her not only at the top in Latin America but atop most of Western Europe, ahead of France, Belgium, West Germany, Israel, Japan, Austria, Italy, Spain, and Portugal. Today all of these countries leave Communist Cuba in the dust, with much lower infant mortality rates.
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.