Tuesday, August 20, 2013

“Axis of Evil” Alive and Well

Many Cuban blacks suffered longer incarceration in Castro's dungeons and
torture chambers

"Axis of Evil" Alive and Well
By Humberto Fontova (Bio and Archives) Monday, August 19, 2013

"Foreign reporters—preferably American—were much more valuable to us at
that time (1957-59) than any military victory. Much more valuable than
recruits for our guerrilla force, were American media recruits to export
our propaganda." (Che Guevara 1959)

"Reporters in Havana are either insensitive to the pain of the
opposition "or in clear complicity" with the government." (Cuban
torture-victim Jorge Luis García Pérez known as Antunez in the Miami
Herald 8/7/2013)

Note the time span between the quotes above. Few propaganda recruitment
drives and PR campaigns in modern history have been as phenomenally
successful or as enduring as Fidel Castro and Che Guevara's.

During the past few weeks, for instance, the Castro-regime was caught
red-handed shipping a huge tanker-load of illegal weapons (including
missile equipment) to North Korea, a fleet of Russian warships visited
Havana, Cuba's Vice President visited Iran to "expand ties", Cuba's Vice
foreign Minister visited Pyongyang to foment "closer cooperation," and
Amnesty International decried the wave of terror against Cuban
dissidents naming five of them as "prisoners of conscience."

But a quick Cuba news scan will show that the top Cuba item reported in
the U.S. during the period was about a paddleboarder who paddled from
Havana to Key West to "promote peace, love and friendship between the
peoples of Cuba and of U.S." This week birthday greetings to Fidel
Castro on his 87th filled the media bucket.

Castro jailed political prisoners at a higher rate than Stalin during
the Great Terror, murdered more Cubans in his first three years in power
than Hitler murdered Germans during his first six and came closest of
anyone in history to starting a worldwide Nuclear war. In the above
process he converted a nation with a higher per-capita income than half
of Europe and a huge influx of immigrants into one that repels Haitians
and boasts the highest suicide rate in the Hemisphere.

Who would guess any of this from reading the mainstream media?

In 1990 Castro's KGB-trained secret police arrested Black Cuban
dissident Antunez (quoted above) and Castro's Kangaroo courts sentence
him to 17 years in prison. His crime was shouting anti-Castro slogans in
public. Black Cuban doctor, Oscar Biscet was sentenced to 25 years in
Castro's torture chambers for the crime of reciting the works of Martin
Luther King and the UN Declaration of Human Rights in a Cuban public
square. This "crime" was greatly compounded by Dr. Biscet's specifically
denouncing the Castro regime's policy of forced abortions (which account
for those "low infant-mortality" figures, much-trumpeted by such as
Michael Moore and the Congressional Black Caucus.)

Many Cuban blacks suffered longer incarceration in Castro's dungeons and
torture chambers than Nelson Mandela suffered in South Africa's
(relatively) comfortable prisons. In fact, these Cubans qualify as the
longest-suffering political prisoners in modern history. Eusebio
Penalver, Ignacio Cuesta Valle, Antonio Lopez Munoz, Ricardo Valdes
Cancio, and many other Cuban blacks suffered almost thirty years in
Castro's prisons. These men (and many women too, by the way, black and
white) suffered their tortures 90 miles from U.S. shores.

But you've never heard of them, right? And yet from CNN to NBC, from
Reuters to the AP, from ABC to NPR, Castro's fiefdom hosts an abundance
of U.S. and international press bureaus and crawls with their intrepid
"investigative reporters."

According to Anti-Apartheid activists a grand total of 3,000 political
prisoners passed through South Africa's Robben Island prison in roughly
30 years under the Apartheid regime. Usually about a thousand were held.
These were out of a South African population of 40 million.

According to Freedom House a grand total of 500,000 political prisoners
have passed through Castro's various prisons and forced labor camps. At
one time in 1961, some 300,000 Cubans were jailed for political
offenses. This is out of a Cuban population in 1960 of 6.4 million. A
quick punch of a calculator will easily reveal the grotesque disparity
in repression between the two regimes. A quick scan of the media will
reveal the grotesque disparity of condemnation applied to the (relative)
molehill instead of to the mountain.

In 1964 the government of Apartheid South Africa sentenced Nelson
Mandela to 30 years in prison. Mandela's trial was conducted by an
independent judiciary and witnessed by scores of international
observers. The charges against Mandela included: "The preparation,
manufacture and use of explosives, including 210,000 hand grenades,
48,000 anti-personnel mines, 1,500 time devices, 144 tons of ammonium
nitrate, 21.6 tons of aluminum powder and a ton of black powder. 193
counts of terrorism committed between 1961 and 1963."

"The (Mandela) trial has been properly conducted," wrote correspondent
for the London Observer Anthony Sampson, (who later wrote Mandela's
authorized biography.) "The judge, Mr Justice Quartus de Wet, has been
scrupulously fair."

Antunez, Biscet and thousands of other Cubans were condemned by a
judicial system founded by Felix Dzerzhinsky during Lenin's Red Terror,
perfected by Andrei Vishinsky during Stalin's Great Terror and
transplanted to Cuba in 1959 by their "Latino" disciples. "Judicial
evidence is an archaic Bourgeios detail," Che Guevara stressed to his
prosecutors. "When in doubt—execute."

"Legal proof is impossible to obtain against war criminals," Fidel
Castro explained to Time Magazine in February 1959. "So we sentence them
based on moral conviction."

These "executions" (murders, technically) would surpass Hitler's during
the Night of the Long Knives and the rate of jailings would exceed
Stalin's during his Great Terror, to say nothing of South Africa's
during Apartheid.

And yet the "injustice" against Nelson Mandela is a media cause célèbre.
But most of you have never heard of Antunez, Biscet or any of those
hundreds of other black Cuban political prisoners. Why?

The quotes heading this article probably explain it best.

Humberto Fontova is the author of four books including "Exposing the
Real Che Guevara and the Useful Idiots Who Idolize Him." Visit
hfontova.com. Humberto can be reached at letters@canadafreepress.com

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