Humberto Fontova

“Down With Communism!” was heard again this week in Havana. A young Cuban Black attending the Pope’s speech stood and yelled it in front of the stage. Then he was beaten and dragged off. As we go to press his fate is unknown. But don’t look for this incident mentioned anywhere in the MSM. These “reporters” get Castro-accredited Cuban visas, after all. And as a reminder to those who came of political age after the fall of the Iron Curtain, Stalinist regimes do not issue journalist visas randomly. These coveted visas come with conditions.

Offer your dog a doggie treat. Ask him to beg and roll over first—and you’ll see the nature of these conditions.

“Pray to your Jesus Christ NOW-why dontcha! Ask him to help you NOW why dontcha!—Har-Har-Har!” Such were the taunts by the Pope’s hosts when Cuban Catholics were rounded up en masse at Soviet bayonet- point and herded into forced-labor camps in the mid ‘60’s. The initials for these camps were UMAP, not GULAG, but the conditions were quite similar.

“I never imagined such sadistic people existed in Cuba,” recalls former President of the UMAP Prisoners Association Emilio Izquierdo. “Those prison camps were full of young people, long-hairs, rock& rollers, etc. But the guards-- while beating and torturing us who were arrested for the crime of being active Catholics -- really loved to constantly taunt us with that famous taunt : “Pray to your Jesus NOW!” while laughing. “I don’t see him helping you!—HA-HA!”

“It’s been almost fifty years and I still can’t shake those taunts from my memory…the Pope’s visit, his photo-ops while shaking hands with the Castro brothers, his speech with Che Guevara as backdrop etc….well, let me put it mildly, it was tremendous disappointment for us.”

Emilio Izquierdo today serves as coordinator for the Miami-based group Cuban-American Friends and Patriots, a Tea-Party affiliate.

“I am not Christ or a philanthropist,” wrote Che Guevara in his diaries. “I am all the contrary of a Christ--In fact, if Christ himself stood in my way, I, like Nietzsche, would not hesitate to squish him like a worm.”

Castro’s KGB and STASI- tutored regime prepared for the Pope’s visit carefully. Any unsightly protests would mar the occasion, especially for a regime long-accustomed to preening in front of the international media mirror. And Snow White’s evil stepmother never knew such a trustworthy “mirror-mirror-on-the-wall” as does the Castro regime with its MSM mirror.

Senator Marco Rubio knew about the sickening shenanigans playing out behind the scenes: “The [Cuban] Catholic Church has negotiated a political space for themselves in exchange for their moral imperative,” he explained as a panelist at the Heritage Foundation a few days before the visit. “Last week the [Cuban] Cardinal [Jaime Ortega] invited Castro thugs to come into his church and remove people.”

Some background: two weeks ago, 13 Cuban dissidents “occupied” a Cuban Catholic Church. But their demands hardly resembled those of the “Occupiers” of Wall Street and Washington DC (as did their treatment).

Instead, Cuban dissidents learned in advance that the Pope would be chumming it up with their Stalinist oppressors (including Fidel himself) while very diplomatically side-stepping any meeting with themselves. This incensed the dissidents and prompted their desperate occupation of Havana’s Our Lady of Charity church.

Three days before the Pope’s visit, Cuban Cardinal Jaime Ortega summoned the regime’s KGB-trained police who kicked and clubbed the dissidents out of the church, whereupon all were held for “questioning.”

Amnesty International confirmed the Castroite wave of terror in preparation for the Pope’s visit. “The detention of more than 150 political opponents is yet another example of how authorities in Cuba completely disregard human rights,” they wrote this week.

Andrea Mitchell, on the other hand, seemed characteristically smitten with Castroism. “The advantages of the Cuban system, the low infant-mortality rate… which is legendary around the world,” she reported from Havana this week, courtesy of her Castro-issued “journalist” visa.

Humberto Fontova

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