Thousands of Cuba’s outraged laborers took up arms against Castroite Stalinism. The MRP (Movimiento Revolucionario del Pueblo) was among these Cuban resistance groups of mostly laborers. But don’t take it from me. Here’s how the FBI and CIA described them: “Heavily weighted labor membership, with socialistic leanings. Aimed for Castro overthrow from within; advocated nationalization of economy, agrarian reform, utopian social reforms.”
Cuba’s enraged campesinos also rose in arms by the thousands when Soviet satraps Castro and Che started stealing their land to build Soviet Kolkhozes. Alarmed by the insurgency, Castro and Che sent a special emissary named Flavio Bravo to Khrushchev. “We are on a crusade against kulaks like you were in 1930,” pleaded this veteran Cuban Communist party member.
In short order, Soviet agricultural and military “advisors,” still flush from their success against their own campesinos in the Ukrainian Holocaust were rushed to Cuba, and the slaughter commenced.
This anti-Stalinist rebellion, involving ten times the number of rebels, ten times the number of casualties, and lasting twice as long as the puerile skirmish against Batista, found no reporter anywhere near Cuba's hills. The Cuban farmers and laborers’ desperate, bloody and lonely rebellion against their enslavement spread to the towns and cities and lasted from late 1959 to 1966. Castro himself admitted that his Soviet led troops, militia, cops and torturers were up against 179 different "bands of bandits" as they labeled these freedom-fighting Cuban rednecks and working men.
Tens of thousands of Communist troops, scores of Soviet advisors, and squadrons of Soviet tanks, helicopters and flame-throwers finally extinguished the lonely Cuban freedom-fight. Elsewhere they call this "an insurgency," and reporters flock in to “embed” and report.
In 1962 the Kennedy-Khrushchev swindle that "solved" the Missile Crisis — not only starved these Cuban freedom-fighters of the measly aid they'd been getting from Cuban-exile freebooters (who were rounded up for violating U.S. neutrality laws) — it also sanctioned almost 50,000 Soviet troops in Cuba. Elsewhere they call this "foreign occupation," and liberals wail in anguish.
This ferocious guerrilla war, waged 90 miles from America's shores, might have taken place on the planet Pluto for all you'll read about it in the MSM and all you'll learn about it from The History Channel or Chicago schoolbooks. To get an idea of the odds faced by those rural rebels and laborers, the desperation of their battle and the damage they wrought, you might revisit Tony Montana during the last 15 minutes of "Scarface."
After crushing the betrayed freedom-fighters, Soviet satraps Castro and Che converted Cuba into a Soviet colony, slum and sewer that drove out 20 per cent of Cuba’s population at great cost to life and total coast to possessions--this from a vibrant nation formerly swamped with immigrants.
But I’m betting Chicago’s school kids learn that Castro’s Cuba combines the wonders of the Emerald City with Willie Wonka's Chocolate Factory.
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.