Mass Murder by Diplomacy

I often criticize our Canadian neighbors for their apparent love of fidel castro and their prolific travel to the island to enjoy their vacations while the Cuban people live in squallor just a few blocks away. But not all Canadians live the role of Omnipotent Tourists.

From John Tiller at ViveLaCanada:

…A case in point is Fidel Castro, the darling boy of Canada?s radical left wing, and Castro wannabe Hugo Chavez of Venezuela. They are held up as examples of anti-Americans with a conscience, a model that Canadians might follow here. They are Canada with a backbone according to the America haters who have made the phrase ?Cuban refugee? into a dirty word. The left hasn?t done that to any other people besides Americans.

Eusebio Penalver is the stuff of which movie heroes are made. Eusebio was the world?s longest-serving black political prisoner of the last century, and in the history of the world. He is a black Cuban, holed up and tortured in Castro’s jails longer than Nelson Mandela languished in South Africa’s. He was bloodied in his fight with Castro-style Communism but unbowed after 30 years in its dungeons. He scorned any “re-education” by his jailers. He knew it was his jailers who needed the education. He refused to wear the uniform of a common criminal. He knew who should wear this too. He stood defiant through almost 30 years of hell in Castro’s prisons.

Ever heard of him? He was a hero of the revolution fighting with the Che Guevara force at the very beginning. He lives in Miami, one of America’s largest and easiest to find cities. He’d be a cinch to track down. Ever see a CNN interview with him? Ever see him on “60 Minutes”? Ever read about him in the New York Times? The Boston Globe? Ever read about him in the Globe and Mail or hear him on the CBC? Ever hear anyone refer to Eusebio Penalver, the longest serving black political prisoner on the planet, when they are talking about black prisoners of conscience? Of course not. And it figures. He was Castro’s political prisoner and we just consider him another crazy Cuban refugee. And, as we all know, that doesn’t count in polite society.

Take Cuban Mario Chanes de Armas, who was instrumental in just about every major event of the early revolution in Cuba. He was one of the founders of the July 26 movement born of the 1953 attack on the Moncada army barracks. He was there at the landing of the Granma, in the rebel treks through the Sierra Maestra. He was a comrade of Fidel?s before Fidel jailed all of those that helped him the most. He spent 30 years in a Castro prison then became a Cuban refugee. Mario doesn?t count either.

The left doesn?t count a whole lot of Cuban people. Armando Valladares was a poet who spent 22 years in the Cuban Gulag. Poet Ra?l Rivero was sentenced to twenty years. Political prisoner Luis Enrique Ferrer Garc?a, was sentenced to 28 years in jail. Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet was sentenced to 25 years for flying the Cuban flag upside down. Reporters Without Borders wrote letters of concern for journalist Fabio Prieto Llorente who was sentenced to 20 years for covering an illegal protest and journalist and economist Oscar Espinosa Chepe, sentenced to 20 years in a one-day summary trial. His family says he is suffering from cirrhosis of the liver and cancer that was detected in February 2004. He can barely eat.

You have your mainstream media going completely apeshit over detainees in Guantanamo and a little hazing in Abu Ghraib while real political prisoners, prisoners of conscience, rot away in castro’s gulags. Not a soundbite is heard from the MSM about them. No exposes, no newspaper articles, no nada. Not a damn peep.

In the spring of 2003 Cuba was re-elected to the U.N. Human Rights Commission, only three weeks after rounding up dozens of dissidents and sending them to the Cuban Gulag. The world had again disappeared thousands of Cubans who needed our help in the most humiliating way, just like we disappeared thousands Iraqis when they came begging for their lives, and we gave them a scandalous aid package called Oil for Food, a program that would make many of our leaders rich. Stephen Lewis the ex-NDP leader call AIDS ?mass murder by complacency.” What would Stephen Lewis call our cozy relationship with a brutal bunch of bullies enslaving millions of people? Mass murder by diplomacy?


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7 thoughts on “Mass Murder by Diplomacy”

  1. Thanks for that. Count me as a Canadian who is ashamed of the reflexive anti-Americanism of many of my fellow Canadians and who is on the side of the Cubans imprisoned and tortured by Castro. I wince everytime I see someone in a Che t-shirt or hat.
    Press on. I pray for a free Cuba.

  2. A major part of the problem is the Canadian national identity, such as there is, has in many ways been self-defined by being “not-America.” That’s why, for example, Canada has been so radically anti-anything-done-by-the-US compared to, say, the UK, Australia or New Zealand. It’s not just Quebec that makes them behave this way, either: if anything, Ontario’s even worse.

  3. Confident Canadians have no inclination to anti-American ravings. It’s the ones with uhhhh, certain … confidence … problems, who are inclined to jump all over the gringos out of jealousy. They should be treated for whatever it is that is bothering them, and meantime, treated as what they are.

  4. Dave, I can understand your point.

    As much as I love, willing to die defending it and respect this country, it is always a bit irritating to see the look of surprise in the faces of “United Statens” by birth when you tell them that we are also Americans. As Canada, Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Panama etc… are also in the Americas.

    Then sometimes you’re told that yes that’s true, but the Americans and Canadians ARE North Americans and the “rest” are Latin or S. Americans.

    The quizzical look gets even better when you tell them that Mexicans ARE North Americans too.

    And WhoaH!!! An even bigger revelation occurs when you tell them that a large majority of Latin America is….”Native American”, just like Sitting Bull, Geronimo, Tecumseh, Squanto, Pocahontas.

    I hear….(no shit?)

    Which means that the Spaniards were not as effective as the Cowboys were in wiping out the red man as books in English would lead you to believe.

    However, I fail to see many native Americans running around carrying on with their business in the US unless you go to places like Arizona or N.M. and those guys, even the kids, tend to also speak spanish very well along with english and their culture’s dialect.

    My brother and sister in law which were with me and are anglos thought these kids were Mexicans. I was talking to some of the kids working at a Flagstaff Az. Wendys in spanish and had to tell my relatives that no, that these kids were Navahos.

    After all is said and done, calling citizens of the United States Americans, is easier and less of a tongue twister than having to say United Statens. So its for the best, I guess less paperwork. :^)

  5. Well, as far as I know we’re the only country in the world without a name – “United States of America” is a situation, a state of being, not a name. If Brazil and Argentina joined together without creating a new country name, they’d could also correctly be called “The United States of America” (tho I suspect they’d probably add “South” to the name even if we didn’t add “North” to ours). We get the name “American” for lack of a choice – it’s not like anybody doesn’t know what you mean.

    As for Native American I’m one too. My great grandparents came from Germany, Norway and Sweden but I was born here. Native American is a very clumsy, confusing solution to a non-problem. Back in the 70’s I asked an Indian in my platoon if Indians had a problem with the word “Indian”. He said “Nobody I ever met – that’s just some loudmouthed college kids”.

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