Just last week, the UN honored Nelson Mandela with an “International Nelson Mandela Day.” The longest suffering political prisoners in modern history (all of them Cubans jailed and tortured by the regime honored by the UN last week) have never received so much as a nod or wink from the United Nations.
Our friends at Townhall help disseminate some “incongruencies” rarely noticed outside Miami-Dade.
Ghastly tortures designed by Cheka chief Felix Dhrezinzky and perfected by the KGB’s Lavrenti Beria during Stalin’s Great Terror were transported to Cuba in 1959. Thousands of (totally unsung outside of Miami-Dade) Cubans suffered almost unimaginable agonies at the hands of Stalin’s Cuban disciples. Many of these former torture-victims live in the U.S. today, minutes from History Channel, PBS, CNN, etc. etc. etc. etc. studios. Many almost walking distance from the UN itself.
This video (with English subtitles) detailing the horrors simply cannot be disseminated far and wide enough.
And..OH–before I forget. Regarding Nelson (the most honored political prisoner in the history of the cosmos) Mandela’s prison “Horrors!”–some perspective that many Plantados and other historic Cuban ex-prisoners should find utterly “fascinating.”
Mandela’s cell on Robben island visited by a deeply-moved President Obama. This cell itself would have been regarded as a country club by many Cuban political prisoners. In the Obama pics you’d think Mandela slept on the floor of a bare cell. In fact below are other pics of the identical cell–but before it became a tourist attraction:
More interesting still, Mandela only spent 18 years of his sentence (by an independent judiciary during a trial packed with international observers) in Robben Island. And a few years before his release he was moved to this “cell:”
His cell became a private home with a swimming pool, complete with white servants. In this picture Nelson Mandela chats with his former chef Jack Swart outside the house he spent the last years of imprisonment….Upon his release from the hospital Mandela was moved to Victor Verster Prison…where he had a secluded cottage with the pool. When he arrived, he was greeted by Coetsee, the justice minister, bearing a case of wine…”The cottage did in fact give me the illusion of freedom,” Mandela wrote. “I could go to sleep and wake up as I pleased, swim whenever I wanted, eat when I was hungry…It was altogether pleasant, but I never forgot that it was a gilded cage,” Mandela said of his final prison.”
“The above sounds like it issues from “a right-wing, tin-foil hated lunatic!” and “Hater!” right? Fine. Here’s the link to the story in the eminently respectable NPR.