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Castro a “peace-broker” in Venezuela claims the Financial Times’ Cuba “expert” John Paul Rathbone


"Cuba is helping its closest ally find a peaceful resolution to violent protests" (Claims the London's Financial Times' John Paul Rathbone, (seen above) also author of "The Sugar King of Havana: The Rise and Fall of Julio Lobo."

Rathbone has a point. Right now Castro certainly wants "peace" in Venezuela--much as Hitler wanted "peace" at the gates of Moscow in November 1941, and "peace" at the gates of Bastogne on Dec. 19th 1944. And much as Khruschev wanted "peace" in Budapest in Oct. 1956. And much as as Fidel and Raul Castro wanted "peace" in the Escambray in 1961.

But just what kind of "peace," reasonable people (i.e. "Right-wing hard-liners!!!" in media and "expert" lexicon) might ask?

Why the Castros seek the same kind of "peace" from Venezuelans that Ned Beatty briefly offered the Mountain Man in Deliverance..."SQUEAL Venezuela!--WEEEEEEH-WEEEEEEH!"


Good rules of thumb for Cuba-Watchers--especially for aspiring "hard-liners!!!" eager to join this exclusive club, as evidenced by the obsessive focus they enjoy from the media:

Beware of any journalist whose book gets a glowing review from Ann Louise Bardach (Rathbone's book did.)


Beware of any author who writes the following in his book's intro:

"I objected to Fidel; I objected also to the feverish hatred of many exiles' anti-Castroism. From England, the vehemence of their passions, their bitterness and rage, sometimes had the feeling of a flat earth society."

The Londoner Rathbone was scrupulous in including this extremely important disclaimer in the intro to his book, "The Sugar King of Havana: The Rise and Fall of Julio Lobo." -- lest he be lumped with some seriously declasse' elements in south Florida.

7 comments to Castro a “peace-broker” in Venezuela claims the Financial Times’ Cuba “expert” John Paul Rathbone

  • Carlos Eire

    Yes, that "flat earth society" feeling, which the British understand so well, since they are the most enlightened colonialists on earth. Keep calm and avoid bitterness, all ye who mistakenly think that you've been wronged. Being stripped of your autonomy and of what is rightfully yours is good for you. Damn good. Go tell that to the Irish, the Indians (of both the New and Old Worlds), the Africans, the Australian Aborigines, and the Arabs.

  • asombra

    Ratboner looks like a VERY snotty little prick, but no doubt he's excruciatingly "correct." I suppose people who screw themselves over as stupidly as Cubans did deserve this sort of officious asshole as an "expert" on their affairs.

  • Rayarena

    You would think that John Paul Rathbone would be a wee bit more enlightened when it comes to Cuba considering that his mother was a Cuban socialite that used to run around in the same social circles as Julio Lobo's daughters. That said, aside from an unsavory comment here and there, that book on Lobo [the first ever written] was pretty good [in my opinion---I read it from cover to cover]. It shed light on Lobo and dispelled some myths about Cuba being this wretchedly, destitute island. Still, if he is saying that Cuba is helping to find a peaceful resolution to what he calls violent protests in Venezuela [in fact the violence comes from the Cuban government] that all that I can say is how ghastly British of him!

  • Anti-Batistianismo was an obligatory social-status thing for his mom in Cuba--just as anti-Miami-Cuban is one for Rathbone today. A no-brainer.

  • asombra

    Yes, there were a lot of rich Cuban fashion victims, aka useful idiots, who indeed bought the rope later used to hang them, figuratively speaking. They weren't the only ones that got suckered, but their responsibility is greater, because they were in a better position both to get at the truth and to prevent the disaster. If they had gotten behind the democratic opposition instead of the glamorous "revolutionary" faction, Batista could have been removed via political means, and tragedy could have been averted. I have precious little sympathy for the likes of such trendy fools who wound up helping to seal Cuba's doom.

  • asombra

    "I objected to Fidel." Objected. How telling. Would he ever say he "objected" to apartheid in South Africa, or "objected" to Pinochet, or "objected" to fascism? Do the math.

  • asombra

    "Peaceful resolution to violent protests." You know, by fascist terrorists. But of course. Maduro and Cuba are ALL about peace, you see.