As he attempted to address them this week, one third of the UN General Assembly walked out on Iranian “President” Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Then, he was pointedly snubbed by all U.S. political figures and hard-balled by the media, which grilled him on human rights abuses and nuclear weapons.
Fidel Castro's sides must be hurting as he ponders the scene. Perhaps he's offering his friend Ahmadinejad some advice: “Ahmadinejad you sorry chump! When I visited New York in 1995 for the UN's 50th Anniversary bash, and accused the U.S. of murdering thousands of Cubans with “silent Atomic Bombs,” not only did I get the loudest and longest ovation from the General Assembly, but Time magazine hailed me as "The Toast of Manhattan!" and Newsweek as "The Hottest Ticket in Manhattan!" These accolades appeared in the same week's issues!
“You’re rumored to be working on nuclear weapons. I had them, and am on the record for craving to fire them at the very city and people that insulted you and feted me! Sorry…sorry let me catch my breath here, Mahmoud. This stuff just slays me!
“Your regime holds a few hundred political prisoners, Mahmoud. But mine jailed them at a higher rate than Stalin’s during the Great Terror!....When my dearly departed little poodle, Che Guevara, visited the UN in 1964, he loudly boasted of our mass executions, and denounced the U.S. as ‘the perpetrator of exploitation and oppression against the peoples of the world and against a large part of its own population,' and as ‘a carnivorous animal feeding on the helpless!' His ovation was not quite as long or loud as the ones I got, mind you, but plenty loud and long enough. That night, Che was the guest of honor at ‘Bobo' Rockefeller's Manhattan suite, where cocktail guests from Norman Mailer to Eugene McCarthy lined up for his autograph!”
"And remember what my dearly departed little poodle had admitted just two years earlier: ‘If the Missiles had remained, we would have shot them against the very heart of the U.S., including New York City' (Che Guevara to Sam Russell of the London Daily Worker in November 1962). Indeed, during that New York visit, my little poodle Che also met with the Black Liberation Front, whom we were funding to blow up the Statue of Liberty during that time!
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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