Michelle Malkin has a post today titled “LETTER OF THE MORNING: WHAT ABOUT CASTRO’S GULAGS?” In it is the following letter from one of her readers familiar with a couple of fidel castro’s gulags:
What’s not being said in reference to the Amnesty International “gulag” exaggeration is that Fidel ran his own gulag for many years right next door to Guantanamo. Castro really did run what qualifies as a gulag. This is something I know a lot about having grown up friends with a Cuban exile family.
Why isn’t the media mentioning that Castro’s concentration camps had some of the most vile torture components ever psychopathically devised? And that he imprisoned political prisoners by the tens of thousands?
One of Fidel’s main installations was at Boniato, a stone’s throw from Guanatanamo at Santiago de Cuba. In fact, this prison was where Fidel tried out his latest and most heinous psychological torments on political prisoners. It was the place the Cuban state police tuned up their methods. Castro was a big fan of the East German state police, and he was always interested in trying out their sick innovations. Yet none of this is mentioned when commentators are showing how the so-called “gulag” at Guantanamo is nothing remotely like the Soviet gulag: only Russia is being mentioned.
Fidel’s prison concentration camps had three main locations: Isla de Pinos, La Cabana in Havana, and the aforementioned Boniata near Santiago de Cuba. It absolutely was a gulag, and Castro’s prison system still treats political prisoners in ways that he never wants Amnesty International to get a close-hand look at.
Only three gulags are mentioned in this letter, but back in January of 2004 I posted a scan of a brochure outlining all the prisons in fidel castro’s island prison camp. There are literally dozens of prisons strewn about the island of Cuba.
Of course, should Amnesty International or representatives from the UN Human Rights Commission actually be allowed unfettered access to fidel castro’s island, they might actually see a real live gulag in operation.
So, in answer to Ms. Malkin’s question “What about castro’s gulags?” I say, what about them?
Everyone knows they’re there. Everyone knows the island is rife with political prisoners, but not many care. Because if you hate America, your poster boy is fidel castro.