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Refugee Women, Children, and Infants Water-cannoned to Death Near US Southern Border—But Democrat/Media Complex Glorifies Perpetrator

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Maria Meza is the Honduran migrant who was catapulted to media stardom this week for being in the right place at the right time for an intrepid Reuters photographer who caught the U.S. Border Patrol red-handed in the act of performing its duty by defending the U.S. border.


Best we can tell—despite her claims of “I thought we were all going to die!”--she was not hurt, even slightly, and neither were any of her five children. 

Nonetheless the Media/Democrat/Celebrity complex is all over Trump like a cheap suit for his “brutality.” 

On the other hand, Maria Garcia is a Cuban refugee (a genuine one, that is) whose son, husband, brother, sister, two uncles and three cousins were wantonly massacred in cold blood while they were all seeking (legal) asylum in the U.S.  In all, 43 (genuine) Cuban refugees were wantonly massacred, 11 of them children. Carlos Anaya was 3 when he drowned, Yisel Alvarez 4. Helen Martinez was 6 months old.

But you’ve never heard of Maria Garcia, have you amigos? Or of the horrific massacre from which she barely escaped with her life, have you amigos?

Didn't think so. Here I’ll help with a few details:

“This was a very heroic and patriotic act!” Fidel Castro gushed in August 5 1994 while decorating one of his subjects named Jesus Gonzalez as “Hero of the Revolution.” 

This “heroism” consisted of ramming his steel-prowed Russian cutter against a flimsy boat full of desperate Cuban escapees—then blasting his water cannon against dozens of women and children clinging desperately to the sinking boat and drowning them. 

"MI HIJO! MI HIJO!" Maria Garcia screamed as the water jet slammed into her, ripping half the clothes off her body and ripping Juan's arm from her grasp. "JUANITO! JUANITO!" She fumbled frantically around her, still blinded by the water blast. Little Juan had gone spinning across the deck and now clung desperately to the tug's railing 10 feet behind Maria as huge waves lapped his legs.


WHACK!  The steel patrol boat turned sharply and rammed the escape craft from the other side. Then - CRACK! another one crashed it from the front! WHACK!  In Cuba you don't do something like this without strict orders from WAY above.

"We have women and children aboard!" The escapee men yelled. "We'll turn around! OK?!"

WHACK! the Castroites answered the plea by ramming them again. In seconds the escapee craft started coming apart and sinking. Muffled yells and cries came from below. Turns out the women and children who had scrambled into the hold for safety after the first whack had in fact scrambled into a watery tomb.

With the boat coming apart and the water rushing in around them, some got death grips on their children and managed to scramble or swim out. But not all. The roar from the water cannons and the din from the boat engines muffled most of the screams, but all around people were screaming, coughing, gagging and sinking.

As mentioned, Maria Garcia lost her son, Juanito, her husband, brother, sister, two uncles and three cousins in the maritime massacre. Please click here for more details and thorough documentation on this massacre. 

And all this death and horror to flee from a nation that experienced net immigration throughout the 20th century, where boats and planes brought in many more people than they took out - except on vacation. (Despite what you saw in The Godfather, actually, in 1950, more Cubans vacationed in the U.S. than Americans in Cuba, as befit a nation with a bigger middle class than Switzerland.)


This was obviously a rogue operation by crazed deviants, you say. No government could possibly condone, much less directly order such a thing! Right?

Wrong. Nothing is random in Stalinist Cuba. As mentioned, one of the gallant water-cannon gunners was even decorated (personally) by Fidel Castro. Perhaps for expert marksmanship. A three-year old child presents a pretty small target. A six-month old baby an even smaller one. "Magnificent job defending the glorious revolution, companero!"

But perhaps my claim that the “Democrat /Media complex glorifies the perpetrator” strikes some of my amigos as unnecessarily hyperbolic? Or as a blatant exaggeration? Or perhaps even as “fake news?”

Fair enough. Let’s have a look:

“Fidel Castro could have been Cuba’s Elvis!” (Dan Rather.)

“Fidel Castro is old-fashioned, courtly–even paternal, a thoroughly fascinating figure!” (NBC’s Andrea Mitchell.)

"Castro's personal magnetism is still powerful, his presence is still commanding. Cuba has very high literacy, and Castro has brought great health care to his country." (Barbara Walters.)

“Fidel Castro is one hell of a guy! You people would like him! Most people in Cuba like him." (CNN founder Ted Turner at Harvard Law School during a speech in 1997. Within weeks CNN was granted its coveted Havana Bureau, the first ever granted by Castro to a foreign network.)    

“Fidel Castro…educated (Cuban) kids, gave them healthcare, totally transformed the society.” (Democrat Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders.)


“Viva Fidel! Viva Che!” (Two-time candidate for the Democrat presidential nomination Jesse Jackson, bellowing while arm in arm with Fidel Castro himself in 1984.)

"Fidel Castro is very shy and sensitive, I frankly like him and regard him as a friend." (Democrat presidential candidate, Presidential Medal of Freedom winner, and “Conscience of the Democrat party,” George McGovern.)

“Fidel Castro first and foremost is and always has been a committed egalitarian. He wanted a system that provided the basic needs to all Cuba has superb systems of health care and universal education…We greeted each other as old friends.” (Former President of the United States and official "Elder Statesman” of the Democrat Party, Jimmy Carter.)

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