7/18/2011 | Email Humberto Fontova
This week an Iberia Airliner left Havana, landed in Madrid and found an
obviously desperate Cuban stowaway. The 23 year old Cuban man named
Adonis G.B. was curled in the landing gear, crushed to death. He joins
an estimate of 50-70,000 Cubans dying (literally) to leave Fidel Castro
and Che Guevara's handiwork. Almost two million Cubans have made it out
On Christmas Eve, 2000, a British Airliner opened its landing gear near
Heathrow airport after taking off from Havana and out dropped two
corpses, frozen solid. They were shortly identified as 16 year old
Miguel Fonseca and 17 year old Alberto Vázquez.
"Crazy blokes!" probably huffed some of the passengers, oblivious or
uncaring that all those pounds they'd just spent on their Cuban vacation
went straight into the coffers of the Stalinist military and police who
drove the Cuban boys to such deadly desperation. Also oblivious or
uncaring that prior to the reign of that Stalinist regime they succor
with tourist money, people were almost as desperate to enter Cuba as
they are now to escape.
On June 4th 1969, an Iberia Airliner, just landed in Madrid from Havana,
was taxiing to the terminal when the frozen corpse of 16 year old Jorge
Pérez dropped out. His partner in escape, Armando Socorras, 17, somehow
survived in what Spanish medical authorities described as a form of
On July 21st 1991, the frozen corpses of Alexis Hernández 19, and José
Acevedo 20, plopped onto Madrid airport's tarmac from the landing gear
of another Iberia Airlines flight...
On August 22, 1999, the frozen cadaver of Felix Julian Garcia dropped
from a British airliner onto the tarmac of Gatwick airport, as it landed
A month later, odor led officials of Italy's Varese Airport to the
decomposed corpse of Roberto García Quinta in the landing gear of an
Alitalia Airlines flight that had landed from Santiago Cuba ten days
In July 2002, the frozen and battered corpse of a of 20 year old Cuban
identified only as Wildredo D. was found in the landing gear of a
Lufthansa Airliner at Dusseldrof airport.
In December 2002 a 20 year old Cuban who worked at Havana airport snuck
into a pressurized compartment of Canadian Airliner's, just under the
cabin. He scurried out alive in Montreal airport 4 hours later.
Pre-Castro Cuba took in more immigrants per-capita (primarily from
Europe) than the U.S., including the Ellis Island years. In the 1950's,
when Cubans were perfectly free to emigrate with all their property and
U.S. visas were issued to them for the asking, fewer Cubans lived in the
U.S. than Americans lived in Cuba. In 1958 the Cuban Embassy in Rome had
a backlog of 12,000 applications for immigrant visas from Italians
clamoring to immigrate to Cuba. This flood of (fellow First World)
"wetbacks" was so alarming that in 1933, as a stopgap against these
foreign rascals horning in on the "Cuban dream", the Cuban government
passed laws more draconian than Arizona and Georgia's today: a majority
of employees at all Cuban businesses had to be Cuban natives.
Would our construction, service and hospitality industries survive
(enforcement) of such a law nowadays?
Such was Cuban prosperity till 1959. Then came the Castro brothers and
Adonis G.B's throat was crushed and Spanish medical examiners said
yesterday that he probably died upon takeoff, meaning he probably died
more quickly and painlessly than the tens of thousands of others who
perished escaping Cuba's free and fabulous healthcare.
It was a different story for the tens of thousands of dead Cuban
rafters. Most of these desperate rafters probably died like captives of
the Apaches, staked in the sun and dying slowly of sunburn and thirst.
Others perished gasping and choking after their arms and legs finally
gave out and they gulped that last lungful of seawater, much like the
crew in The Perfect Storm. Still others were eaten alive -- drawn and
quartered by the serrated teeth of Hammerheads and Tiger sharks much
like Captain Quint in Jaws. Perhaps these last perished the most
mercifully. As we've all seen on the Discovery Channel, sharks don't
dally at a meal.
"In space no one can hear you scream," says the ad for the original
Alien. Same for the middle of the Florida straits -- except, of course,
for your raft-mates. While clinging to the disintegrating raft, while
watching the fins rushing in and water frothing in white -- then red --
they hear the screams all too clearly. Elian Gonzalez might know.
All during the decades coinciding with Castro's rule, the Coast Guard
has documented hundreds of such stories. Were the cause of these horrors
more politically-correct we'd have no end of books, movies,
documentaries, Oprah interviews, Survival-Story specials, etc.. We'd
never hear the end of it. Alas, the agents of this Caribbean holocaust
consist of the Left's premier pin-up boys. 'Nuff said.
During the 70's and 80's, his Coast "Guard's" machine-gun blasts kept
disturbing Castro's coastal subjects. So his military (kept fat and
happy by tourism revenue) devised a remedy: their Soviet helicopters
kept hovering over the escaping freedom-seekers, but now-- rather than
machine gunning them to death--they started dropping sandbags onto their
rickety rafts and boats to demolish and sink them. Then the Tiger and
Bull sharks did the Castroites' deputy-work.
Four years after the fall of the STASI-patrolled Berlin Wall, Castro's
STASI-trained police were gleefully machine-gunning Cubans who tried to
swim into our Guantanamo Base, then retrieving their corpses with
gaffing hooks. "This is the most savage kind of behavior I've ever heard
of," said Robert Gelbard, deputy assistant secretary of state for Latin
America during the Clinton administration (no less!). "This is even
worse than what happened at the Berlin Wall!"
So what's the alternative if you can't flee Cuba? Well, in 1986, Cuba's
suicide rate reached twenty-four per thousand--making it double Latin
America's average, making it triple Cuba's pre-Castro rate, making Cuban
women the most suicidal in the world, and making suicide the primary
cause of death for Cubans aged 15-48. At that point, the Cuban
government ceased publishing the statistics on the self-slaughter.The
figures became state secrets. The implications horrified even the
But apparently not the Democratic party's Elder Statemen: "We greeted
each other as old friends…Fidel Castro is a committed egalitarian. He
brought superb systems of health care and education to his people."
(Jimmy Carter) "I frankly liked him…Everywhere we were surrounded by
laughing children who obviously loved Fidel. Castro is very shy and
sensitive a man I regard as a friend." (George Mc Govern)
The massacres and mass-suicides don't faze the Democratic Party's press
auxiliaries either. "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)
"Castro is old-fashioned, courtly -- even paternal...a thoroughly
fascinating figure!" (NBC's Andrea Mitchell)