by permission of Regnery Books:
FIDEL: Hollywood's Favorite Tyrant
Terrorist Next Door
Atomic bombs might have been a tad ambitious, but Fidel's
1962 bomb plot was serious enough. The March 2004 Madrid subway
blasts, all ten of them, killed and maimed almost two thousand
people. The al Qaeda-linked terrorists used a grand total
of one hundred kilos of TNT, roughly ten kilos per blast.
Rafael del Pino, who once headed Castro's air force and
defected in 1987, has confirmed that Castro's 1962 bomb
plot involved five hundred kilos of TNT, among other explosives
and incendiaries. (p. 3).
Pedro Porro... who worked for the U.S. Treasury Department
in 2000. He was the translator for Juan Miguel during the
famous interview with Dan Rather..."Well, when I saw
the interview as it appeared on the 60 Minutes show I didn't
know whether to throw up or start crying," he says. Even
during the interview it was obvious that Gregory Craig [former
Clinton lawyer and friend then acting as Juan Miguel's (read:
Fidel Castro's) lawyer] was stage-managing the entire thing.
The questions for Juan Miguel were actually fed to Dan Rather
by Gregory Craig... It was obvious that Dan Rather and Gregory
Craig were on very friendly terms... Craig was acting like
a movie director, too. He didn't like the way Juan Miguel's
voice was coming across in the English translation...So they
went out and got a bona fide dramatic actor to translate and
mouth his responses. (p. 171).
In 1999, heavily influenced by these Clintonista generals,
the Pentagon issued an official intelligence assessment that
declared, "Cuba is no longer a threat to the U.S."
"This is an objective report by serious people,"
proclaimed Fidel Castro from Havana. "Cuba can no longer
project itself beyond the boundaries of Cuba," said General
Wilhelm in praise of the Defense Department report. "No
evidence exists that Cuba is trying to foment any instability
in the Western Hemisphere"... But the big shoe fell
on these Clintonista generals two years latertwo days
after September 11, 2001, in factwhen the Defense Department's
top Latin American expert, the agency's "Cuban specialist,"
Ana Belen Montes, was arrested by the FBI as a Castro spy.
She had authored the "Cuba is no threat" intelligence
report that the shrewd generals had so recently and officially
blessed. Worse, "Montes passed some of the United States'
most sensitive information about Cuba back to Havana,"
said John Bolton, undersecretary for arms control and international
security at the State Department." (p. 9).
A State Secret
When Cuba's overall suicide rate reached twenty-four
per thousand in 1986, it was double Latin America's average
and triple Cuba's pre-Castro rate. Cuban women are now
the most suicidal in the world, making death by suicide the
primary cause of death for Cuban aged fifteen to forty-eight.
The statistics got so embarrassing that the Cuban government
ceased publishing them; they are now state secrets. But we
also know that Cuba had the highest (or third highest; the
sources differ) abortion rates in the world. The suicide and
abortion rates smack of hopelessness and despair. (p. 60).
Batista's Cuba had the second highest per capita income
in Latin America... as well as net immigration... Castro's
Cuba on the other hand, has the highest political incarceration
rate on earth... Given Cuba's population, Castro incarcerated
at a higher rate than Stalin and is shunned even by Haitian
refugees. But the only shortcoming of Castro's Cuba,
according to the Globe and Mail, is that "All car-rental
companies are state owned and rates are exorbitant."
And of course, the Globe and Mail criticizes the American
trade "embargo." (p. 81).
Before Castro, more Americans lived in Cuba than Cubans in
the United States. Cuba went from being the Western Hemispheric
with the highest per capita immigration rate... to one where
20 percent of the population fled, and where probably 80 percent
sought to flee. They fled in planes and ships, they crammed
into the steaming holds of merchant vessels, they leaped into
the sea on rafts and inner tubes, knowing that their chances
were about one in three of making landfall. Thus they vote
with their feet against a place Jack Nicholson declared "a
paradise." Thus they flee the handiwork of the man Colin
Powell assures us "had done good things for Cuba."
Thus is their desperation to escape from Bonnie Raitt's
"happy little island." (pp. 56-57).
UN's Love of Castro
But liberals love the Cuban tyrant. In November 1995, Castro
made a triumphant visit to New York. He was the star speaker
and main attraction at the United Nation's fiftieth anniversary
bashthe guest of honor. "The Hottest Ticket in
Manhattan!" read a Newsweek story that week... "Fidel
Castro got, by far, the loudest and warmest reception in the
[United Nations] General Assembly" wrote Time magazine.
(The United Nations had been sweet on Castro for a long time,
and still is). During an April 2000 summit in Havana, Secretary-General
Kofi Annan proclaimed, "Castro's regime has set
an example we can all learn from.) (p.12).
Castro plunged into Manhattan's social swirl... David
Rockefeller invited him to a celebrity-studded dinner at his
Westchester Country estate... After holding court for a
rapt Rockefeller...Castro flashed over to media mogul Mort
Zuckerman's Fifth Avenue pad, where a throng of talking
heads, including a breathless Mike Wallace, Peter Jennings,
Tina Brown, Bernard Shaw, and Barbara Walters all jostled
to hear the Comandante's every comment, clamoring for
autographs and photo-ops... According to the U.S.-Cuba Trade
and Economic Council, on that visit, Castro received 250 dinner
invitations from celebrities, power brokers, millionaires,
pundits, and socialites. (p. 12).
Carole [King] went in February 2002 and serenaded the Maximum
Leader with a heartfelt "You've Got a Friend."
Bonnie Raitt visited in March 1999 and stopped hyper ventilating
just long enough to compose a song in Castro's honor,
"Cuba is Way Too Cool!"... A beaming Jimmy Buffett
came on after Bonnie... Most of the five thousand clapping
Cubans in the audience were Cuban Communist Party members...Many... had
a hand in 110,000 political murders of their own. Maybe these
musical hipsters didn't know that, or know that Castro's
Cuba had the highest emigration, incarceration, and suicides
rates for young people on the face of the globe... I wonder
if they know that owning a Beatles or Rolling Stones record
in Cuba was a criminal offense or that effeminate behavior,
or wearing blue jeans, or being a man with long hair meant
the secret police could dump you in a concentration camp with
WORK WILL MAKE MEN OUT OF YOU posted in bold letters above
the gate and machine gunners posted on the watchtowers. (pp.
Castro and Hitler
The plain fact about Castro is that Castro was a terrorist
before terrorism was cool. He started way back in April 1948,
when he was part of the Communist-led riots that rocked Bogota,
Columbia...And Castro... earning his revolutionary credentials.
Those credentials include an admiration of Hitler... Mein
Kampf was among Castro's favorite books... The very
title of Castro's manifesto, History Will Absolve Me,
comes almost word for word from Hitler's famous courtroom
defense for his Rathaus Putsch in 1924... ."Condemn
me. It doesn't matter," declared Castro to the packed
courtroom in 1953 during his own trial... "History
will absolve me!" Heck, even Castro's official title,
Lider Maximo, copies Hitler's Fuhrer (leader). Except,
typical for Castro, he had to one-up even Hitler. He had to
thrown in that "Maximum" bit... Castro had to
distinguish himself from chump "leaders" like Hitler
too. (pp. 20-21).
Khrushchev wanted peace; Castro didn't. True, in 1957
the redoubtable New York Times had passed along his heartfelt
message, "You can be sure that we have no animosity toward
the United States and the American people." But here's
the same Fidel Castro confiding in a letter to a friend a
month later: "War against the United States is my true
destiny. When this war's over I'll start that much
bigger and wider war"... Castro said this while the
U.S. State Department and CIA were backing Castro's movement,
and even helping finance it. After defecting in 1964, Castro's
own sister brought an unmistakable message to Congress: "Fidel's
feeling of hatred for this country cannot even be imagined
by Americans"... "His intention-his OBSESSION-is
to destroy the U.S.!" (pp. 2-3).
Cheers for Castro
By the time Castro was cheered at Harvard Law School in April
1959, Mr. Castro's firing squads had slaughtered 568
men and boys... By the time Norman Mailer (an opponent of
capital punishment), was calling Castro "the greatest
hero to appear in the Americas," Fidel's firing
squads had piled up four thousand corpses. By 1975, when George
McGovern (another opponent of capital punishment), was saying,
"[Castro] is very shy and sensitive, I frankly liked
him," the bullet-riddled bodies of fourteen thousand
Cuban lay in unmarked graves. Combine this bloodbath with
the jailing of more political prisoners... add the ghastly
deaths of seventy-seven thousand desperate Cubans in the Florida
straits, add forty-five years of totalitarian oppression,
and what do you get? You get the December 2003 edition of
The Nation, where Arthur Miller (a longtime foe of capital
punishment), describes Castro as "exciting, a person
who could probably have had a career on the screen, and
one who'd undoubtedly win an election in his country."
Fidel Castro, that "brave and plucky underdog" who,
according to his liberal groupies, practices "Machismo-Leninismo,"
in fact has survived all these years by hiding behind the
skirts of the three most powerful nations on earth: the United
States, the Soviet Union, and the British Empire. So after
October 28, 1962, Castro enjoyed a new status of Mutually
Assured Protection. And Cuban exiles willing to fight for
freedom were suddenly rounded up for "violating U.S.
neutrality laws"... The Florida Coast Guard got twelve
new boats and seven new planes to make sure Castro remain
unmolested. (p. 27).
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