According to Maxine Waters the Tea party “can go straight to hell”. But “VIVA FIDEL!” she chanted during the rapturous reception that greeted the Stalinist dictator’s visit to Harlem’s Riverside Church on Sept. 9, 2000. The overflow crowd packed the Church to suffocation and spilled from the doors onto the streets and sidewalks.
"I came to Harlem because I knew it was here that I would find my best friends!" beamed the jailer of the longest suffering black political prisoners in modern history, inside the Harlem church that might still be radioactive except for Khrushchev foiling his fondest wish in October 1962. “If the nuclear missiles had remained,” boasted Che Guevara to the London Daily Worker in November 1962, “we would have fired them against the heart of the U.S. including New York City. The victory of socialism is worth millions of atomic victims."
By the time of Castro’s Riverside Church gig Rep. Maxine Water’s fleeting lapse in her Castrophilia had been contritely clarified and forgiven. Two years earlier, you see, she had voted in favor of a Congressional resolution calling on Castro to kindly refrain from harboring fugitives from U.S. law, including convicted cop-killer Joane Chesimard.
“Dear President (all italics mine) Castro,” she wrote on September 29, 1998, “I am writing to clarify my position on a resolution recently passed by the United States House of Representatives on September 14, 1998. I, and some of the Members of the Congressional Black Caucus, mistakenly voted for House Concurrent Resolution 254 which called on the Government of Cuba to extradite to the United States Joanne Chesimard and all other individuals who have fled the United States from political persecution and received political asylum in Cuba. Joanne Chesimard was the birth name of a political activist known to most Members of the Congressional Black Caucus as Assata Shakur. For the record, I am opposed to the resolution. I unequivocally stated that a mistake was made and I would have voted against the legislation.”
The New Jersey police department explains Joane Chesimard’s “political activism” here: “On May 2, 1973 New Jersey State Troopers James Harper and Werner Foerster were patrolling the New Jersey Turnpike in the area of East Brunswick and stopped a car with three occupants. The Troopers were questioning the occupants when the driver and female passenger suddenly came up with semi-automatic pistols and opened fire. Trooper Foerster was struck twice in the chest, and Trooper Harper was hit in the shoulder. The female (Joane Chesimard) then proceeded to take the service weapon from the injured Trooper Foerster’s. She pointed it at the wounded Trooper and shot him twice in the head, execution style. The thirty-four-year-old trooper with just three years on the road died soon after. He left a wife and family behind.”
The New Jersey police dept. also explains the proceedings of Chesimard’s “political asylum”: “In 1977 the female shooter was convicted and sentenced to life plus 26 to 33 years in prison. On November 2, 1979 in the daylight hours this convicted murderer was serving her time when she was taken from her cell to the visitor’s area to meet with four people who had come to see her. It was a setup. The four visitors took a Corrections Officer hostage. They then took a prison driver hostage. Using the hostages, the visitors helped her escape. She eluded capture for several years until 1986 when she made her way to Cuba. There she was granted political asylum. She has been there ever since.”
Castro’s fiefdom provides haven for over 70 fugitives from U.S. law, including several on the FBI's most wanted listed. Along with convicted cop-killer Chesimard, Cuba harbors convicted cop-killers Michael Finney and Charlie Hill, along with Victor Gerena, responsible for a $7 million heist of a Wells Fargo truck in Connecticut in 1983 as a member of the Puerto Rican terrorist group Los Macheteros. All requests by U.S. authorities for these criminals’ extradition have elicited the same response from Castro that the Tea party recently elicited from Maxine Waters.
Recently a person wanted by U.S. authorities for the murder of Americans was located in Pakistan, and dispatched post-haste, minus court-proceedings. The ones in Cuba have already been convicted of murder in U.S. courts. But we will not hold our breaths waiting for the wheels of justice to turn further.
Castro has been snickering about the probable reason since Nov. 20, 1962 when Nikita Khrushchev ratified Castro’s Mutually-Assured-Protection in a letter to President Kennedy: “In brief, our agreement has come to the following: The Soviet Union removes from Cuba rocket weapons which you called offensive and gives a possibility to ascertain this. The United States of America promptly removes the quarantine and gives assurances that there will be no invasion of Cuba, not only by the U.S., but by other countries of the Western Hemisphere. This is the essence of our agreement."
Read it and weep you chump Moamar Gadaffi, along with you chumps Manuel Noriega, Raoul Cedras, Saddam Hussein, Mullah Omar, Slobodan Milosevic, etc. etc.
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.