, and Kill Castro
This March 2006 blogpost was linked by Michelle Malkin
on 31 July 2006
. If you've come from Michelle's blog, please click on "Sundries
" above, since I will have photographs
of Miami celebrations, all this week!*PHOTO UPDATE* El Chou De La Calle Ocho, August 2, 2006
alerted me to the startling news, being reported by many Latin American press outlets, that Cuban dictator, Fidel Castro Ruz
, might have died
Now, you may think this is wishful thinking on the part of many people who hold very anti-Castrista views, but in fact, and rather interestingly, the rumours of his death are being reported by Indymedia
I didn't know who they were, either, so I read the Spanish-language news link Benning sent me.
Publius Pundit has the story here
The news, strangely, has been given by several news sites, among which the far-leftist Indymedia in Argentina, which quoted some Latin American media as having reported the news. The Cuban regime has immediately dismissed the claims.
Publius responds by opining:I assume that the regime won’t let know about the dictator’s death as soon as he dies.
Indeed, they would not, and not just because that's the traditional modus operandi
of all authoritarian, not to mention, Communist regimes.
Let me try to show you, based on educated guesses, what would happen when Fidel Castro dies.
The newswire Newsflash
might look like this:"It is being reported by Granma, the official Cuban news organ, that long-time Cuban President, Fidel Castro, 76, has died in his compound of El Laguito, in Havana, Cuba today.
His brother, General Raul Castro Ruz, is poised to succeed his brother as Comandante-en-Jefe of the Caribbean island nation.
Immediate response from the U.S. State Department is expected shortly.
The United States and Cuba have been embroiled in strategic deadlock since the late Cuban strongman took over the island, and declared himself a Marxist-Leninist, shortly after taking over, in 1959."
The Cuban Revolution has been both widely condemned, but also widely supported around the world.
It was seen by many as models of education, health care, and increased living standards of the Cuban people, since President Castro took over.
This kind of newsflash, especially by the AP
, is both factual, but as ever with Mainstream Media, leaves the reader with a positive last statement, with which to ponder.
pay attention to the very last statement in any news story, from any news media. The way they end a report, more often than not, reflects their world view)
It is always in poor taste to kick a man when he is down, and there is no situation more down than being dead, but many media always leave a subtle imprint of their views, based on whether they are Left or Right, on their news stories.
You can be sure that these newsflashes, and the subsequent obituaries which would derive from Fidel Castro's death, would be no different.
Depending on their ideological viewpoint, each news organisation will either completely ignore the tremendous evil this man had foisted on a nation of 10 million plus for almost 50 years, or to reduce their significance, by comparing the then and now, in as positive a light as they can.
The latter will include always mentioning the 99% literacy rates, and the free health care, his Socialist Revolution brought about.
No word about the lack of free elections during all this time; indeed, the fact this rich man's son, this ex-altar boy-turned lawyer-turned revolutionary, Fidel Castro has never once been elected to any position in Cuba, yet he, however, is the font of all power in his country.
They will not mention all the thousands and thousands of people he has imprisoned, nor the mock trials held to condemn his opponents to death, nor of the civil liberties he has taken away, such as freedoms of speech, assembly, association and religion, all these years.
The negative column is so bristling to capacity with infringements of the most basic kinds of liberties which most people not living in Communist dictatorships have, yet who are always prostesting they have little, or that that they are under siege by whatever current administration is in power.
If these self-same people had to endure EVEN ONE MOMENT of the very real lack of civil liberties Cubans have undergone these many years, they would find out how very lucky they truly are.
Of course, such people people are usually the ones who would not hesitate to bring out the negatives of entities or people whose ideological positions they very much disagree with, such as the paedophilia scandals during the reign of the late John Paul II, but who would mention haltingly the abuses by Fidel Castro...
...almost as if they suddenly rememebered that it is in extreme poor taste to rag on the dead, when they have just passed away.
I can guarantee you, GUARANTEE mind you, that the outrage and news media attention given to Fidel Castro's passing, will in no way shape, or form, compare to the vitriolic acid tongues immediately upon hearing of the death of General Augusto Pinochet
, of Chile.
Being a lover of democracy, I am not partial at all to General Pinochet and what he did in his country, but I can tell you that I do not for a minute compare the two men, so that the bearded Cuban dictator comes up smelling of roses next to the Chilean.
As awful a time as many who suffered during Chile's dictatorship in the mid-70s to mid-80s had, it in NO WAY compares to the house-arrest of an entire people stuck in an island, have had in almost 47 years.
Almost as a rubric of comparison, today, Chile is a prosperous, stable democracy, who furthermore, has just elected its first woman, and Socialist president, Michelle Bachelet.
Contrast this to Cuba today, a country which is still is in the grips of one man's personal reign of horror, which ironically, his very death is the only thing preventing them from tearing down the cobwebs of Communism.
Yet these people would laud the one dictator, whilst heaping condemnation on the other for almost identical abuses.
THIS is what many of us who abhor Fidel Castro, ESPECIALLY hate about news media, or its like-minded advocates.
The implicit approval given a man, that despite his being worse than any hated figure of repression in South America, is still given a pass despite the almost half-century of proof to the contrary.
Finally, I can tell you what would happen in South Florida, in Chicago, in New Orleans, in all the places where Cubans have been exiled, because this man took away their country from them.
IT WOULD BE CHAOS.
Glorious, happy, joyful, orgasmic, incredible chaos.
Waving Cuban flags! People outside of their cafecito bars! People dancing a conga in the streets, outside of Versailles.
Furthermore, I pledge to all who read this, that wherever I am, when I hear that Fidel Castro has died, I will head immediately to 8th Street, La Calle Ocho
, and shout to the heavens, giving thanks that this person has finally died.
I may not even say much about it on the blog because at the end of the day, I don't like crowing about any man's death, even that of someone I consider a monster.
But nothing will prevent me from cheering the death of a madman with the people whose very existence in those dancing conga lines, owe directly to the life lived in their country, by one man, and one man only:
Fidel Freaking Castro.UPDATE:
It seems that the rumours have been disproven
as he met in coucil with some OLADE represantives today, but no matter.
Death will not be robbed, one day.GRAMMATICAL UPDATE:
I have cleaned up the post for grammar, and even straightened out some of the more disjointed paragraphs, as I had composed this post on the run, whilst out shopping.Benning
has noted that a Cuban blogger he emailed has said that the news of Castro's death would spread like wildfire around the island, and that the phone lines to Miami, especially, would be ringing off the hook.
I had, of course, meant to mention this myself, as I can vouch for the people I know, who have discussed this imagined series of events in detail with me.
What that person said is 100% correct.
Cubans are huge chismeros (chisme
= gossip), and though official word might be slow in coming, when Castro dies, you can bet the farm the phone lines would be melting from overuse, and there would be such an outpouring of hatred towards him by the people IN CUBA (hardly the hated Miami Mafia, which they sneer at), that news media will be caught completely off-guard.
You will see a scramble to interpret what you and I already know, out of common sense.
That no amount of improving literacy levels, or "free health care", could ever EVER make up for what this man has taken away:
Any and every freedom of choice you can think of.P.S.:
In case you cannot be with us in Calle Ocho, when the deal goes down, don't worry.
Turn on your local Univision
channels, which are available to about 90% of all Americans, I have heard.
Especially the pro-Cuban-American Telemundo, will be covering the story in such a way, as to make everyone feel the elation, relief, and joy of Cuban exiles the world over.
Please note that this event will not mean that Cubans will, en masse
, be re-emigrating to their countries, as some snidely might presume.
Although there are historic parallels to the White Russians, Cubans in South Florida, or the United States, won't have to wait for the death of a system, but only the death of a man, which by definition, is a shorter wait than the White Russians have had to endure.
Their proximity to the island, and the deep and abiding strength of their allegiance to their homeland, even in third or fourth generations now, will make it a given that some may see perhaps a partial return to Cuba, say as a second home, a possibility.
(Of course, many in South Florida, for example, are vastly jealous or fed up with Cubans here. Their tom-toms of "send them all back", will be heard loud and clear, just like during the aftermath of the Elian debacle, when racist epithets about Cubans flew from all mouths, "Anglo" and black alike...sadly)
What the death of Fidel Castro does mean, is that they can at least begin to forge a dialogue with their culture, lost through upheaval and uprooting, which you or I take for granted, in ours.
And from that situation, anything can happen.