On Dec. 3, 2009, Fidel Castro’s KGB-trained police arrested Alan Gross, a U.S. citizen working in Cuba on contract for the U.S. Agency for International Development. Mr.Gross has languished in a KGB-designed prison cell ever since. His crime was bringing cell phone and Internet equipment into Castro’s fiefdom to help Cuba’s tiny Jewish community communicate more freely with the outside world.
By the way, introducing cutting-edge communications equipment into Cuba didn’t always land Americans in torture chambers. In 1957 ATT presented the Cuban “dictator” (according to every media mention) Fulgencio Batista with a Golden Telephone for his regime’s enthusiastic welcome of all of their latest technology. This Cuban “dictator” reveled in the fact that Cubans had better, more abundant and cheaper means of communications than most Europeans. You might recall the scene from Godfather II where Hyman Roth and Michael Corleone pass the Golden telephone around Batista’s conference table. This one scene contains an element of historically accuracy.
A reminder: Pre-Castro Cubans enjoyed some of the most advanced communications systems in the world. In 1958 Cuba boasted more phones and TVs per capita than most European countries. Today, Castro’s fiefdom has fewer Internet users per capita than Uganda, and fewer cell phones than Papua New Guinea. The Stalinist regime is very vigilant in these matters.
No “control-freaks” have ever shackled the human body and mind with the fanaticism and efficiency of Communists.
The Castro regime, lest we forget, was founded in 1959. Essentially the same people are running it today as ran it then. Many of the Russians and Spanish Reds who designed Castro’s judicial and prison system had worked for Stalin. Trotsky’s murderer, Ramon Mercader, for instance, served as Cuba’s “inspector of prisons” in the 1960?s and was favorite companion of Raul Castro–and especially!—of the starstruck Che Guevara, who had appointed him to the prestigious post.
Nonetheless, the Castro regime never suffered for lack of veneration from “Trotskyists.” Upon the 30th Anniversary of Che Guevara’s death, Trotskyist Christopher Hitchens wrote in the New York Times that: “1968 actually began in 1967 with the murder of Che. His death meant a lot to me. He was a role model.” The famously erudite Hitchens was referring to the man who admired and befriended Trotsky’s murderer.
Our friends at Glenn Beck’s The Blaze help disseminate a few items mostly unknown or long forgotten regarding Castroism.