Thursday, December 1, 2016

Fidel Facts Filter Forth

Even in the United States!!
     This Getty Images photo was used yesterday -- Nov. 30-2016 -- to illustrate a major article in the New York Times written by Mac Maharaj. The article is, if you care to dial it up, entitled: "FIDEL CASTRO, A SOUTH AFRICAN HERO. It's the type of article that Americans are not supposed to pay attention to and, indeed, even the NY Times is very brave to publish it. When the top Cuban-American newsman in Miami, Emilio Milian, sharply criticized Cuban-exile terrorists for killing innocent Cubans, such as hotel and airplane bombings, Emilio was car-bombed; when Jim DeFede, the top columnist at the Miami Herald, excoriated Miami Cuban-Americans in the U. S. Congress for their flagrant support of the best-known Cuban-American terrorists in Miami, Jim DeFede was fired and the terrorists he alluded to by name were given, and still have, sanctuary and heralded citizenry in Miami. But the aforementioned NY Times article courageously stated that Fidel Castro "buried apartheid in Africa," ending on that continent one of the most vile forms of racism. As a dissident to white minority rule, Mandela was imprisoned for 28 years in a small room with only a bucket for a toilet. After Cuban soldiers sent to Angola by Castro won the historic Battle of Cuito Cuanavale, Mandela not only got his freedom but was elected President of South Africa. Later, as the world's most beloved Civil Rights figure, Mandela was honored World Wide...including the White House. BUT ON A TRIP TO MIAMI HE ENCOUNTERED ANTI-MANDELA DEMONSTRATIONS FROM THE TYPE OF CUBA-AMERICANS WHO HAVE BEEN BANGING POTS-AND-PANS AND DEMONSTRATING WILDLY TO CELEBRATE THE DEATH OF FIDEL CASTRO, A FRONT-LINE FIGHTER WHO CHASED THEM TO MIAMI TWO GENERATIONS AGO IN 1959 AND THEN WENT TO THE FRONT-LINES TO DEFEAT THEM IN 1961 AT THE BAY OF PIGS BATTLE. The NY Times article yesterday suggested Fidel's Battle of Cuito Cuanavale in Africa was and is as impactful on history as his Bay of Pigs battle in Cuba.  Among the article's primary conclusions were these:
               "Fidel Castro lived his life on an impoverished island at the doorstep of the mighty United States yet left an imprint on the history of the world. The world will always know there was a man named Fidel Castro."  
      It is not likely that any of the Batista-Mafia figures that Fidel Castro kicked off the island, or any of the rich and powerful anti-Castro demonstrators in Miami this week, will ever be mentioned in any context of leaving a positive "imprint" on the world nor is it likely that "the world will always know" them. Yet, in the U. S. media...except for rare exceptions...such extremely biased Cuban-Americans as the Diaz-Balart brothers, whose father was a key Minister in the ousted Batista dictatorship, are allowed to saturate printed articles and the broadcast airways with unchallenged venom about Revolutionary Cuba and, by words or implication, unchallenged praise for the brutal and thieving Batista-Mafia dictatorship in Cuba. 
 Aug. 13, 1926 -- Nov. 25, 2016 
      Therefore there are ample reasons that Fidel Castro {now his legacy} will always be passionately loved or passionately hated. But his most indelible imprint is not on Africa -- as the NY Times article suggested yesterday. It's also not on Fidel Castro's own beloved island of Cuba. It's the imprint he made and leaves on the United States of America. Prior to 1952 when thugs in the Eisenhower administration sicced Batistiano and Mafiosi thieves and killers on Cuba, the U. S. was deservedly the world's most beloved and respected nation and democracy. But not now, not after the ousted Batistiano-Mafiosi leaders were booted out of Cuba by Fidel Castro's revolution in 1959 and allowed to re-establish Little Havana in Miami as their new capital, with tentacles that soon extended to the U. S. Congress...and even the White House when allies like the Bush dynasty are in power. While Americans are propagandized to disbelieve those facts, they would have extreme trouble, for example, explaining why notorious and self-avowed anti-Castro terrorists have been and still are free and heralded citizens of Miami. And Americans, for example, are totally unable to explain away the 191-to-0 unanimous international condemnation of America's endlessly ongoing Cuban policy as registered by a UN vote on October 26, 2016. In other words, Fidel Castro says more about the United States, the world superpower, than he says about his island of Cuba. And, with all due respect to the NY Times, Fidel Castro's 90 years on this earth say more about the United States of America than they even say about the continent of Africa. If that doesn't mesh with U. S. history, it does with world history.
        The backing of the U. S. did not obscure the historic fact that the Batista-Mafia dictatorship in Cuba from 1952 till 1959 was a thieving-murderous bunch of world-renowned thugs running rampant over a helpless island, at least till it was chased to nearby Florida by the underestimated Cuban Revolution.
Batista vs. Fidel.
Who won and who lost? 

       But the victorious Cuban Revolution only resulted in two generations of anti-Castro zealots resurrecting the Batista scourge on U. S. soil and backed by the U. S. Congress as well as the White House when Bush-like allies occupy it. This photo of former Batista Minister Rafael Diaz-Balart and his four sons -- two of whom have been elected to Congress from Miami -- is used courtesy of the Washington Post.
       This photo is a reminder that Cuban women were prime guerrilla fighters in the revolutionary war that rid Cuba of the Batistianos. Take special note of Tete Puebla. That's her on the far left after she had gained fame as history's greatest teenage guerrilla fighter. The photo shows Tete the day she rode into Havana with female warriors only hours after the Batistiano leaders had fled. She later explained that the reason she looked "a bit glum" was because "we hoped the main killers would have stayed around and fought us." 
        Tete Puebla is today a General in the Cuban army. After her heroics as a female guerrilla fighter, she rose through the ranks of the regular Cuban army as a fervent defender of Fidel Castro. Presumably, she will just as fervently defend his legacy. But Americans are not supposed to know about Cubans like Tete Puebla because the mainstream U. S. media only tells them about vicious anti-Castro dissidents like...Berta Soler. Alan Gomez, for example, is an anti-Castro Cuban-American zealot based in Miami and that qualifies him to be the primary Cuban reporter at America's largest newspaper, USA Today. Cuba allows Gomez to fly regularly to the island, well knowing his articles will shortly be extremely biased against Cuba. This week on the first U. S. commercial plane to fly to Havana in over half-a-century, Gomez flew to Cuba and his article yesterday -- Nov. 30-2016 -- highlighted only Berta Soler complete with a gigantic color photo of her and quoting her thusly: "I don't celebrate the death of any human being, but the death of a dictator? Of a tyrant? Of course I would." Neither Alan Gomez nor USA Today have the guts to balance such garbage with, say, a comment from Tete Puebla who would still fight to the death to defend Fidel Castro's legacy.
        This is the photo that Alan Gomez and USA Today used yesterday -- Nov. 30-2016 -- showing extreme anti-Castro dissident Berta Soler celebrating the death of Fidel Castro. The article was intended to convey the message that Soler represents the majority opinion on the island and that is a typical lie from the mainstream U. S. media. Most everyday Cubans on the island oppose Soler and believe she is not only influenced but funded by U. S. elements. If Gomez would have gone out on the streets and randomly asked everyday Cubans, they would have told him that. But apparently Gomez was only instructed to visit the impressive home of Berta Soler, a home that irks less well-off Cubans. So much for U. S. journalism!   
       In 1959, the first year of Revolutionary Cuba, female guerrilla fighters like this one had become members of the block-by-block Committees for the Defense of the Revolution. That still viable and vital creation was the work of the three most important female revolutionaries -- Celia Sanchez, Vilma Espin and Haydee Santamaria. Thus, today -- all these decades after the triumph of the revolution -- the CDRs are credited with not only keeping remnants of the Batistianos off the island but also with making Cuba perhaps the most crime-free nation in the Western Hemisphere. But in 1959 while the rebel shown above was adapting to her new role, Rafael Diaz-Balart had created the very first anti-Castro paramilitary unit on U. S. soil and anti-Castro zealots like the infamous and still-living Luis Posada Carriles had already been sent to Fort Benning in Georgia to begin training as Brigade 2506, the CIA-directed unit that attacked Cuba in the Bay of Pigs disaster in April of 1961 only to enhance front-line fighter Fidel's worldwide legend.
       Back in October United States President-elect Donald Trump stood before a huge Brigade 2506 poster in Miami's Little Havana area and essentially promised the Cuban hardliners that he would re-capture Cuba for them. As Commander-in-Chief of the world's strongest military, and in an America facing a dearth of patriotic defenders and even democracy-lovers, he might do it. Then again, Trump as Goliath might not!! 
       Unchallenged propagandists in Miami, Washington, and the mainstream United States media have convinced many Americans that almost every one of the 11.2 million Cubans on the island hated Fidel Castro when he lived and will now hate his legacy even more while they yearn to take advantage of such discriminatory U. S. laws as Wet Foot-Dry Foot that entice Cubans, and only Cubans, with special rewards the instant their front foot touches U. S. soil. Therefore, Americans are not supposed to know about Cristina Escobar, a brilliant 28-year-old bilingual broadcast journalist cut from the Celia Sanchez-Tete Puebla mold. In Havana, in Washington, and on YouTube videos, in Spanish and English, Cristina Escobar has made this statement: "Cuba's fate is up to Cubans on the island, not Cubans in Miami and Washington." 
      A stunning broadcast journalist on Cuban television, Cristina Escobar made history and headlines when she was in Washington to cover the last of the four diplomatic sessions conducted by Josefina Vidal and Roberto Jacobson. Cristina became the first Cuban ever to ask questions at a White House news conference and she ended up asking Josh Earnest six questions. Then in interviews and speeches around Washington she repeatedly made this point: "Journalists in Cuba have more freedom to tell the truth about the United States than journalists in the United States have to tell the truth about Cuba." That may or may not be true but she believes it and she indeed is an expert on U.S.-Cuban interactions. In fact, her University of Havana thesis was entitled: "How Obama Will Affect U.S.-Cuban relations" and her conclusions were eerily accurate. In any case, before Cristina left Washington and returned to her beloved Cuba -- ignoring for the second time all the instant rewards Wet Foot-Dry Foot would have given her -- she was congratulated by such veteran U. S. broadcast journalists as NBC's brave Andrea Mitchell.
Batista underestimated Celia.
America underestimated Fidel. 
Trump might underestimate Cristina. 

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