A top apparatchik of the only regime in the Western Hemisphere to herd thousands of men and boys into forced labor camps at Soviet-bayonet point for the crime of fluttering their eyelashes, flapping their hands and talking with a lisp was just granted a U.S. visa to lecture Americans on “Gay Rights.”
"Work Will Make Men Out of You" read the sign at the Cuban prison-camp’s gate, right over the barbed wire and next to the machine gunners posted on the watchtowers. The initials for these camps were UMAP, not GULAG, but the conditions were quite similar.
The venue for her sermon on freedom and civil rights by Raul Castro’s Stalinist daughter Mariela to Americans will be a panel on “sexual diversity” at a conference organized by the Latin American Studies Association in San Francisco running from May 23-26.
From San Francisco this apparatchik for the only regime in the Western Hemisphere to fuel bonfires with Orwell’s Animal Farm and jail librarians for stocking it travels to the New York Public Library to lecture Americans on artistic freedom. “I plead with Fidel Castro (Mariela’s uncle) and his government (today headed by Mariela’s father) to immediately take their hands off the independent librarians and release all those librarians in prison, and to send them back into Cuban culture to inform the people.” This was a public plea during the keynote speech at the American Library Association’s annual convention in 2005 by Fahrenheit 451 author Ray Bradbury, no less.
Instead of heeding Bradbury, for the crime of stocking some of the world’s bestselling books, the regime Mariela Castro represents condemned Cuban librarians to prison terms similar to the one a South African judge handed Nelson Mandela for planting bombs in public places. “As to the disposition of the books, magazines and pamphlets they are to be destroyed by means of incineration because they lack usefulness,” ruled the Castroite “judge.” In addition to Orwell’s Animal Farm, the flames were fueled by titles from Martin Luther King and Jose Marti, Cuba’s George Washington.
As soon as she became of age Mariela Castro became a faithful apparatchik of the regime that 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, craved to incite a worldwide Nuclear war, and in the process converted a nation with a higher per-capita income than half of Europe into one that repels Haitians.
Many will say: “get with the program you Republican Cuban-American crackpots! Let Castroite bygones be bygones!”
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.