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#1 Charles Drago

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Posted 26 November 2016 - 12:01 PM

The question that the dancing gusanos of Little Havana dare not answer truthfully:

 

Under whose rule did the overwhelming majority of Cubans more broadly benefit -- Batista or Castro?

 

 

 

 


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#2 Greg Burnham

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Posted 26 November 2016 - 03:40 PM

It is a moot point, IMO. The Batista Regime was in power twice. The first time, 1940 to 1944, was the result of an election to the Presidency of Cuba. The second time, 1952 to 1959, he ruled as a dictator masquerading as a Prime Minister.

 

That was a total of 11 years. In any event, Batista has not been in power since 1959.

 

The Castro Regime has continued to remain in power ever since--for more than 57 years.

 

Batista was no saint either, but Castro had 57 years to make life better in Cuba no matter how bad it may have been under Batista before him. And he failed... apparently for lack of trying.

 

Indeed, outside of his impassioned speeches Castro never appeared to be concerned with it. His policies were more concerned with his maintaining power in perpetuity rather than improving the quality of life for his people. Those policies included imprisoning or killing political rivals, as well as suppressing freedom of speech and engaging in religious persecution.

 

Guillermo Farinas is to Cuba as Martin Luther King, JR was to 1960's America.

 



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#3 Charles Drago

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Posted 28 November 2016 - 02:59 PM

A Rhode Island-based Cubana has publicly expressed her hatred of Fidel Castro on a local Internet news site. I'll refer to her as "Gusana".

 

Apparently, Gusana's vile emotions are rooted in:

 

 The fashion choices and personal hygiene of his revolutionaries (“Castro’s armed troops stormed the streets of Havana in olive drab uniforms, bearded and dirty in a land where clean-shaven men with neatly trimmed mustaches were the norm”).

 

 His expulsion of La Cosa Nostra and nationalization of the U.S. business interests, including gambling and prostitution, that enslaved the island’s people and enriched its dictator and his cronies (“Castro nationalized all United States owned oil refineries, casinos and factories, taking over their properties”).

 

 The fact that thousands of his comrades gave their lives for the cause of liberation – victims, she snidely implies without documentation, of betrayal by Fidel (“many of Castro's revolutionary cronies [including the infamous Che Guevara] died violently ... from a public relations standpoint, dead icons were more valuable to Castro’s plans”).

 

 His refusal to worship as she worships (“But most importantly, Fidel Castro died an atheist, an unbeliever in any God of any kind”).

 

I deplore violence and repression in every instance. I cannot condone such practices carried out by anyone, including Castro in the name of la Revolucion.

 

But what Gusana dares not do is compare the impact on the Cuban people of the murderous corruption that Castro overthrew to the long-term reforms brought about by la Revolucion.

 

Batista’s Cuba, so beloved by Gusana, was a Fascist state run by American businesses and La Cosa Nostra. That many of her family members and friends prospered in such a reality tells us all we need to know of the origins of her savage hatred of Castro.

 

Writing for truthdig.com, Steve Wasserman reminds us:

 

"[Castro’s] triumph: standing up for the right of small states to resist the bullying and domination of large powers. He was not willing to submit to the dictates of Washington, nor was he always a reliable cat’s paw for Moscow. One has only to examine the roots of Castro’s Africa policies, which antedated his coziness with the Soviets and were carried out independently of Soviet desires throughout much of the 1960s, to know that he very often refused to kowtow to Kremlin orthodoxy. Whatever else might be said of this most complicated and audacious figure, he strode the world’s stage as if his island were a continental power, raising a prophetic voice, decrying the unequal relations between North and South, upholding the right of rebellion and human solidarity, denouncing the despoilment of the environment and excoriating ‘the profligate, egotistical and insatiable consumerism of the developed countries.’ He dreamt of leading a continental revolution, like a latter-day Simon Bolivar.

 

“Cuba’s heresy did not rest on Castro’s communist conceits. Rather, it rested on its unwillingness to accept America’s hemispheric hegemony. Cuba was neither the revolutionary specter of Castro’s hyperbole nor the subversive hobgoblin of White House propagandists. Castro’s threat did not lie in his fealty to Marxist dogma, but rather in the delusions suffered by planners in the Pentagon, and his enduring example of stiff-necked resistance to American hubris.”

 

What of the dictator who Castro toppled? On October 6, 1960 Senator and presidential candidate John F. Kennedy declared his contempt for Batista's relationship with the American government and took the Eisenhower administration for supporting him:

 

"Fulgencio Batista murdered 20,000 Cubans in seven years ... and he turned Democratic Cuba into a complete police state—destroying every individual liberty. Yet our aid to his regime, and the ineptness of our policies, enabled Batista to invoke the name of the United States in support of his reign of terror. Administration spokesmen publicly praised Batista—hailed him as a staunch ally and a good friend—at a time when Batista was murdering thousands, destroying the last vestiges of freedom, and stealing hundreds of millions of dollars from the Cuban people, and we failed to press for free elections."

 

But none of the gusanos will speak of this truth.

 

“Go rot in hell” is what Gusana states she “has left” for Fidel Castro. The merciless god to whom she prays and who El Comandante rejected is the god worshipped by her beloved Fulgencio Batista and his string-pullers Meyer Lansky, Lucky Luciano, and the Fascists at the helms of ITT, United Fruit, and other corporations. I join Fidel in the fight against such a deity.

 

Viva Che!

 

Viva Fidel!

 

Viva La Revolucion!


"[Y]ou can't blame the innocent, they are always guiltless. All you can do is control them or eliminate them. Innocence is a kind of insanity." -- Graham Greene, The Quiet American

"If an individual, through either his own volition or events over which he had no control, found himself taking up residence in a country undefined by flags or physical borders, he could be assured of one immediate and abiding consequence. He was on his own, and solitude and loneliness would probably be his companions unto the grave." -- James Lee Burke, Rain Gods

a wind has blown the rain away and blown
the sky away and all the leaves away,
and the trees stand. i think i too have known
autumn too long
-- e. e. cummings

#4 Greg Burnham

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Posted 29 November 2016 - 12:10 AM

I do not prefer Batista to Castro; Mussolini to Hitler; nor Stalin to Napoleon.


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#5 Charles Drago

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Posted 29 November 2016 - 07:42 AM

Nor do I.

 

My points in going through this exercise:

 

1. Expose the propaganda that demonizes Fidel in support of a Fascist agenda.

 

2. Expose the selfish and often predatory agendas of exiled Batista loyalists and their heirs.

 

3. Expose the ignorance that drives American "popular" opinion.

 

4. Expose the hypocrisy that permeates American foreign policy.

 

5. Honor the ideals of the Cuban Revolution in particular and anti-imperialist revolts in general.

 

6. Make clear that such revolutionary ideals must not be conflated with failed revolutionary idealists.

 

7. Get under the gusanos' skin.

 

I embrace the satyagraha of Gandhi.

 

I reject moral relativism.


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"[Y]ou can't blame the innocent, they are always guiltless. All you can do is control them or eliminate them. Innocence is a kind of insanity." -- Graham Greene, The Quiet American

"If an individual, through either his own volition or events over which he had no control, found himself taking up residence in a country undefined by flags or physical borders, he could be assured of one immediate and abiding consequence. He was on his own, and solitude and loneliness would probably be his companions unto the grave." -- James Lee Burke, Rain Gods

a wind has blown the rain away and blown
the sky away and all the leaves away,
and the trees stand. i think i too have known
autumn too long
-- e. e. cummings

#6 Greg Burnham

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Posted 29 November 2016 - 02:21 PM

Thanks for the clarification.

 

I take only this exception, but it is not to your intent. As RFK titled one of his books, "To Seek A Newer World," I prefer a world in which revolution becomes unnecessary. I do not honor the ideal of revolution against anything in and of itself. Indeed, I believe the old adage to be apropos: "What you resist persists." Gandhi knew that. After the Cuban Missile Crisis resolved with JFK agreeing never to invade Cuba, followed by decades of US policy honoring that commitment, eventually, Castro was fighting the Cuban People who were themselves engaged in an endless revolution of his own making.

 

I especially appreciate your having clarified by writing the following:

 

Make clear that such revolutionary ideals must not be conflated with failed revolutionary idealists.

 

I couldn't agree more.


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Posted 10 December 2016 - 02:32 PM

I just finished speaking with some friends of ours (another married couple) who recently got back from a trip to Cuba. While there, they rented bicycles (from the 60's era). Unfortunately, the wife's chain broke and the wheel locked up throwing her over the handlebars. She broke her collar bone.

 

They went to 3 different hospitals to get care. The doctors were competent, but the facilities were atrocious by ANY standards at all 3 hospital facilities. The equipment was at least a half century old, as were all the buildings. There were LITERALLY multiple dead bodies (corpses) on gurneys--faces covered with sheets--in all 3 hospitals. There was blood on the walls and floors in many areas of the hospitals. One person came into the emergency room feeling extremely ill and vomited all over the floor of the waiting room. After about 15 minutes, and another bout of vomiting, a nurse came out and brought the patient back to see a doctor, but NOBODY came back out to the waiting room to clean the vomit up! My friends said they were in the waiting room for about 45 minutes and the vomit remained the whole time. There was dirt everywhere.

 

Obviously, our friends went there for vacation. They had no preconceived negative notions, indeed just the opposite. They liked the idea of visiting Cuba and heard many good stories about it. They told me point blank that there was nothing good about the place with the exception of it being a nostalgic throw back to the 50's - 60's and, in some limited areas, that was nice. But the population is oppressed, depressed, and gloomy. The entire place is run down.

 

They need a better revolution. Or maybe some good old fashioned Capitalism, even with all of its flaws, would have worked out better than that.


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