Mona Charen

According to Ann Louise Bardach, writing on The New York Times op-ed page, "Commandante," Stone's encomium to Castro, depicted the dictator "in a chummy mood, affable, playful, sometimes defensive, yet exposing more of his personality than most Americans are used to seeing." At the recent Sundance Film Festival, Stone described Castro as "warm and bright ... a very driven man, a very moral man. He's very concerned about his country. He's selfless in that way."

But not quite selfless enough to hold a free election, eh Oliver?

In a way, this story is the same old same old. Lefty Hollywood type lionizes a communist thug -- ignoring copious evidence that the man is a despot and a monster. Like Leni Riefenstahl producing admiring film portraits of Hitler, Oliver Stone is able to find the positive side of Castro.

But there is a new twist to this story. HBO has pulled the plug. What got into them? Am I wrong in thinking this would not have played out as it did absent the Iraq War? Surely the revelations about Saddam's torture chambers and children's prison have diminished everyone's tolerance for dictators.

Well, maybe not Oliver Stone's. If he and Michael Moore are seeking a good retirement spot, they might consider Havana.

Mona Charen

Mona Charen is a syndicated columnist, political analyst and author of Do-Gooders: How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help .
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