Castro is a sick man with a very tragic legacy http://t.co/uUlxOIUKOK
— Silvio Canto, Jr. (@SCantojr) October 13, 2014
We recall a couple of dates from Cuban history this weekend.
First, the Maine blew up in Cuba on February 15, 1898. This is from the front page of The NY Times the next day:
“At 9:45 o’clock this evening a terrible explosion took place on board the United States battleship Maine in Havana Harbor.
Many persons were killed or wounded. All the boats of the Spanish cruiser Alfonso XII. are assisting.
As yet the cause of the explosion is not apparent. The wounded sailors of the Maine are unable to explain it. It is believed that the battleship is totally destroyed.
The explosion shook the whole city. The windows were broken in nearly all the houses.
The correspondent of the Associated Press says he has conversed with several of the wounded sailors and understands from them that the explosion took place while they were asleep, so that they can give no particulars as to the cause.”
“The United States initially recognized the new Cuban dictator but withdrew its support after Castro launched a program of agrarian reform, nationalized U.S. assets on the island, and declared a Marxist government.”
He also closed newspapers, threw people in prison and executed many. He started the destruction of Cuba that day!
These two events ignited changes in Cuba.
The Maine explosion led to the US-Spanish War and the eventual independence of Cuba in 1902. Castro’s promotion to prime minister legitimized a man who never wanted democracy in Cuba.
A couple of “fechas” to tell your kids about.
We will celebrate tomorrow that day in 1961 that Fidel Castro made it official:
“”I am a Marxist-Leninist and shall be one until the end of my life.”
He went on to state that, “Marxism or scientific socialism has become the revolutionary movement of the working class.”
He also noted that communism would be the dominant force in Cuban politics:
“There cannot be three or four movements.””
And that was it!
It happened about 7 months after The Bay of Pigs and confirmed that Castro would rule Cuba as a dictator. It ended any hopes of a multiparty election or restoration of the freedoms that the regime had eliminated by executive decree.
I should add that people were thrown in jail or executed in 1959-61 for calling Castro “un comunista”.
None of those people were ever released after Castro confirmed that he was “un communista”.
Friend and artist Emilio Carnero (a.k.a. Mr. Toxico) is always coming up with great t-shirt designs. These are his latest gems.
Nothing in it for me or Babalú. Just saw this and thought some of you might want to snatch a few up before they’re gone. Apparently, by “limited” edition, he means there are 100 of them.
You can buy yours at ShopToxico.com, where you’ll also find plenty of other Cuba-themed stuff.
If there were more Mary Anastasia O’Grady’s in this world, the castro family would have been relegated to the dustbin of history long ago.
From the Wall Street Journal, Mary Anastasia O’Grady discusses the meeting between Fidel Castro and Felipe Calderon:
© 2007 Michael Ramirez
…but right now, he’s got other visitors.
He seems to be … all tied up…
Hat tip: Free Republic