Farrell’s poster-boys also infiltrated the Cuban-exile group Brothers to the Rescue, who flew unarmed planes to rescue Cuban rafters in the Florida straits, also known as “the cemetery without crosses.” The estimates of the number of Cubans dying horribly in the “cemetery without crosses,” run from 50,000-85,000. Brothers to The Rescue risked their lives almost daily, flying over the straits, alerting and guiding the Coast Guard to any balseros, and saving thousands of these desperate people from joining that terrible tally.
Prior to Castroism, by the way, Cuba was swamped with more immigrants per-capita than the U.S., mostly from Europe. People from nearby Haiti jumped on rafts desperate to enter Cuba, which enjoyed a higher standard of living than much of Europe. Also, during the 1950’s when all Cubans were perfectly free to emigrate with all family, property, etc., and U.S. visas were issued to them for the asking, about the same number of Americans lived in Cuba as Cubans in the U.S. In 1953 more Cubans vacationed (then voluntarily went home) from the U.S. than Americans vacationed in Cuba. Alas none of this features in The Godfather II. So it’s mostly unknown.
By February 1996, Brothers to The Rescue had flown 1,800 of these humanitarian missions and helped rescue 4,200 men, women and children. That month Mike Farrell’s current cause célèbre’ passed to Castro the flight plan for one of the Brothers’ humanitarian flights over the “cemetery without crosses.”
With this info in hand, Castro’s Top Guns, saluted and sprang to action. They jumped into their MIGs, took off and valiantly blasted apart (in international air space) the lumbering and utterly defenseless Cessnas. Four members of the humanitarian flights were murdered in cold blood.
Three of these men were U.S. citizens, the other a legal U.S. resident. Among the murdered was Armando Alejandre Jr., who came to the U.S. at age ten in 1960. His first order of business upon reaching the age of 18 was fulfilling his dream of becoming a U.S. citizen. His next was joining the United States Marine Corps and volunteering for service in Vietnam. He returned with several decorations.
As a member of Brothers to the Rescue, Alejandre often dropped flowers over the sea, in memory of the thousands they were unable to rescue in time. So Castro waited for Armando Alejandre Jr and his Brothers to be carrying these flowers—and made his move, murdering them in cold blood. MIGs against Cessnas. Cannon and rockets against flowers. Details of the atrocity are provided in a book by Matt Lawrence, one of Alejandre’s colleagues in rescue.
The “violence and brutality” Farrell parrots about the rescuers actually involved dropping flowers over the Florida Straits and saving thousands of innocent lives, including thousands of women and children whose only crime was attempting to flee—at enormous risk to their lives-- a nation formerly swamped with immigrants.
The premeditated atrocity against Alejandre and his brothers is what added the “manslaughter” and “conspiracy to commit murder” charges (on top of the ones listed above, 26 charges total) against Mike Farrell’s recent propaganda assignment from Castro.
But why pick on Farrell, some might ask?
After all, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter also pleas for these terrorists’ freedom. Worse, he made the plea while they served an honored quest of the Stalinist regime. "I had the opportunity to meet the families of the five Cuban patriots," (the terrorists convicted by a U.S. jury), boasted Carter to Castro’s media last year. “I'm well aware of the shortcomings of the U.S. judicial system.”
Consider the scene: the former U.S. President known as the “Elder Statesman” of the U.S.’ majority political party, while an official guest of a State Sponsor of Terrorism, saw fit to denounce convictions of foreign terrorists twice upheld by the U.S. Supreme court. Carter’s denunciation of his nation’s judicial system was openly broadcast into the microphones of a regime whose legal code was adopted from Cheka chief Felix Dzerzhinsky. “Do not search for evidence,” Dzerzhinsky’s top lieutenant Martin Latsis instructed his hangmen in the Ukraine. “Simply ask him to what class he belongs, what are his origins, education, and profession. Those are the questions that should decide the fate of the accused.”
Upon entering Havana in January 1959 Dzerzhinsky disciple and Castro’s chief hangman Che Guevara adopted the Cheka code almost word for word: “Judicial evidence is an archaic bourgeois detail,” he instructed his “prosecutors.” “We execute and jail from revolutionary conviction.” These executions would ultimately surpass Hitler’s during the Night of the Long Knives and the rate of jailings would exceed Stalin’s during his Great Terror.
While denouncing the U.S. judicial system from cue cards provided by the regime responsible for all the above and that curses the country that elected him as “The Great Enemy of Mankind!”, (and came within an unapologetic hair of nuking it), Jimmy Carter also hailed Fidel Castro as “an old friend.”
And we’re up in arms over Jane Fonda?
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.