Updating the Clashes!!
This week -- on May 28th, 2018 -- Memorial Day was celebrated in the USA. In hundreds of ceremonies and in thousands of other ways, Americans paid tribute to America's fallen military heroes and heroines. But throughout the day CNN repeated an excellent documentary entitled "1968" that graphically and correctly pointed out that warmongering U. S. military leaders in the 1960s did more to defame America than the heroes, the common soldiers, did to preserve and protect the USA's precious freedoms and the USA's pristine reputation that the Founding Fathers had envisioned and forged. The documentary suggested that 1968 was the pivotal year and the 1960s was the pivotal decade in America's modern history. The 1960s started with outgoing President Dwight Eisenhower, the Super World War II General, delivering on national television his famed "Military Industrial Complex" warning. Ike, after 8 years in the White House, realized that the biggest threat to the U. S. was internal, not external, and that threat came from warmongers who were able to start and profit from wars. Thus wars and the threat of wars fueled a military industrial complex that demanded vast expenditures on and mass profits from the manufacture and spread of weapons. The "1968" documentary recounted that year's murders of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy but stressed the bloody war-mongered Vietnam War, a lost cause and unmitigated disaster that resonates to this day after many thousands of young Americans were killed and many more thousands eternally maimed physically and mentally. But the lies and sordid pretexts that spawned and sustained the Vietnam War did, in fact, create the desired wealth for the warmongers who successfully sent young, innocent Americans to Southeast Asia to fight it...and to DISASTROUSLY lose it. And so, as far as the "1968" documentary was concerned on Memorial Day 2018, American citizens within the bowels of the U. S. democracy have grossly shamed the Founding Fathers who bequeathed to them what was the world's greatest and most respected form of government. Yet, as I take note of the Google animation of the twin U. S. flags depicted above, I am reminded that the Cuban Revolution and its aftermaths as constituted from 1952 till today, I sincerely believe, says even more about the United States than the Vietnam War or any other comparable event says.
In 1952 -- the year the U. S. was fighting the bloody, unwinnable, and war-mongered Korean War -- right-wing thugs embedded in the Eisenhower administration teamed the U. S. democracy with the highest echelons of the Mafia to create and support the brutal, thieving Batista dictatorship in Cuba. After that generation of U. S. citizens allowed that to happen, it has left an eternal and deleterious imprint on America.
The Batista thugs, to stamp out dissent, engaged in the murders of children to serve as warnings. But brave Cuban mothers took to the streets in protests against Batista and in support of the nascent Cuban Revolution. The Mother Marches were pivotal.
The extreme thievery and rampant murders carried out by the Batista-Mafia dictatorship spawned the first threat to a U.S.-backed dictatorship. The vicious poverty of the majority peasants contrasted with the wholesale rape and robbery of the island by the Batista and Mafia thugs in conjunction with wealth extracted by reputedly legitimate U. S. businesses. The poverty and mayhem were instrumental but the primary force and impetus for the revolution remained the murders of Cuban children. In the upper photo above, the mother in the center wearing the white jacket was the mother of little Willie Soler who was murdered, along with three of his peers, with their mutilated bodies left in an abandoned warehouse as a warning. Today a major children's hospital in Cuba is named for William Soler, a key revolutionary martyr.
The Cuban Revolution shocked the world by overthrowing the Batista dictatorship on January 1, 1959. And its survival today is equally as shocking to the entire world.
The thieving warmongers in the Eisenhower administration who had sicced the Mafia on Cuba in 1952 were, for the most part, still around in 1959 and still powerful enough to orchestrate that their overthrown Batista-Mafia allies in Cuba could set up shop on U. S. soil still fully backed by the U. S. government. The plan was to quickly recapture Cuba. Six decades later that plan is still in effect with humiliating failures that have included massive assassination attempts, the land-sea-air Bay of Pigs military attack in April of 1961, unchecked terrorist attacks including deadly hotel bombings to dissuade tourism and the bombing of the civilian and child-laden Cubana Flight 455 in 1976 killing all 73 on board, the car-bombing of the Miami Cuban-American newsman Emilio Milian who complained about such things, etc., etc., etc. And in 1962 the U. S. established what has become history's all-time longest and cruelest economic embargo ever imposed by a strong nation against a weak nation. That embargo exists to this day and neither the U. S. government nor the mainstream U. S. media want American citizens to know the reason the embargo was created in 1962 and maintained to this day in 2018. But, for the record, according to declassified U. S. documents the purpose for the embargo was and is to starve, deprive, and make miserable the lives of Cubans on the island to induce them to rise up and overthrow their revolutionary government. It hasn't happened because three generations of Cubans on the island remember or have been told about the atrocities of the Batista dictatorship and they are well aware of the unchecked atrocities committed by the "refugees" from the Batista-Mafia dictatorship who, as noted above, "set sail across ninety miles of ocean and sought asylum in the United States." In addition to six decades of failed but bloody attempts to recapture Cuba for the U.S.-backed extremists, the refugees from the Batista-Mafia regime had enough wealth and enough U.S. government connections to totally and eternally overwhelm first Miami and then Washington politics, especially the U. S. Congress and all six Republican administrations in the White House since 1959.
And that historic and topical backdrop takes us to the up-to-date Getty Images photo depicted above. It shows tourists in Havana and was used this week to illustrate an article in the Miami Herald entitled: "IF YOU HAD A GOOD TIME, THEN YOU REALLY DIDN'T SEE CUBA." It's a long article that you can dial up and every word is a vicious propaganda distortion that, shamefully, is typical of the U. S. media's capitulation to the Miami Cuban Mafia's dictation of America's Cuban narrative. A typical line states: "The caged people of a desperate nation seem to be crying out for salvation." Those of us who have been to Cuba and freely interacted with everyday Cubans are well aware that every word in such articles are self-serving, unmitigated lies...and that is precisely why there have been constant efforts and LEGAL LAWS to make it hard or impossible for Americans to visit one place on this planet -- CUBA. Such undemocratic laws, you see, make it much easier for the lucrative Castro Cottage Industry in the United States to say and do anything they please in regards to Cuba.
The "journalist" who wrote the aforementioned article in the Miami Herald this week is Alex Lyda. He is described at the end of the article as "a freelance writer who frequently travels to Cuba." That was the Miami Herald's attempt to legitimize the slanderous article, which that so-called mainstream and unbiased newspaper in Miami paid for. But such routine and utter disregard for the truth and for the U. S. democracy is absolutely typical of what a mere handful of hard-line Cuban extremists have been permitted, by both the U. S. media and the U. S. government, to perpetrate on America -- essentially a rape and robbery similar to what the Batista-Mafia mob did in Cuba from 1952 till 1959. Alex Lyda is a joke as a journalist and the Miami Herald, quite typically, is utterly irresponsible for repeatedly printing such trash. Meanwhile, again illustrating an affront to democracy, the majority of the two million+ Cuban-Americans in the Miami area are decent, democracy-loving citizens who favor decent Obama-style relations with Cuba. Yet, Miami is incapable of sending a moderate Cuban-American to the U. S. Congress, a development that equates post-1959 Miami with what Havana was like from 1952 till 1959. America's best democracy-loving friends around the world are saddened and surprised that the U. S. democracy has, after all these decades, been unable to correct 1952's and 1959's assaults on America's democracy by the Batistianos and Mafiosi. This week's Miami Herald propaganda piece by that "freelance writer who frequently travels to Cuba" is a typical insult to America and to Democracy but, unfortunately, it typifies the overall harm orchestrated by right-wing thugs in Washington perpetually allied with the Cuban Mafia from 1952 till today & beyond.
Many Americans, many Cubans, and many people around the world have suffered since January 17, 1961, which was the day outgoing U. S. President Dwight Eisenhower warned that the biggest threat to America was its own Military Industrial Complex. Pretexts to start wars or to kindle the prospects of wars were designed to enrich warmongers, as Eisenhower realized.
Incredibly, Cuba's sovereign Revolutionary flag still waves in the Caribbean breezes. That is so even though the vulnerable island of Cuba has been the target of more USA PRETEXTS for war and other mayhem than any nation in the whole wide world.
The man who actually invented the "A Pretext for War" term was the great author-investigative journalist James Bamford. In 2000 the now 71-year-old Bamford revealed that President Kennedy had inherited "Operation Northfields" and "Operation Mongoose" from the Eisenhower administration. The latter began the record number of assassination attempts against Fidel Castro and the former, unanimously proposed by the 7-member Joint Chiefs of Staff, called for such mayhem as the murder of innocent Americans so it could then be blamed on Cuba to serve as the PRETEXT for an all-out military attack on Cuba.
In other words, Americans are not supposed to know about or worry about the next "Pretext for War" but, of course, they are expected to pay for it. World War II's 5-star General and two-term President Dwight Eisenhower understood war and the Pretexts for war, as did truly great journalists like James Bamford.