“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.