Why the castro brothers should hang

Pondering the beginning of another year without freedom for Cuba, I once again felt compelled to re-read press reports from the early days of the castro regime. Todays read was Time Magazines’ January 26, 1959 account of events taking place in Cuba. No matter how many times I read about the bloodletting orgy that took place during the early days of the “revolution” I am left weeping and filled with visceral anguish and anger. Anger not just at fidel, raul, and their volunteer firing squads; but also at the world body for turning their back on the atrocities committed by the longest reigning tyrants of the past century.

A few excerpts:

The executioner’s rifle cracked across Cuba last week, and around the world voices hopefully cheering for a new democracy fell still. The men who had just won a popular revolution for old ideals — for democracy, justice and honest government — themselves picked up the arrogant tools of dictatorship. As its public urged them on, the Cuban rebel army shot more than 200 men, summarily convicted in drumhead courts, as torturers and mass murderers for the fallen Batista dictatorship. The constitution, a humanitarian document forbidding capital punishment, was overridden.

The only man who could have silenced the firing squads was Fidel Castro Ruz, the 32-year-old lawyer, fighter and visionary who led the rebellion. And Castro was in no mood for mercy. “They are criminals,” he said. “Everybody knows that. We give them a fair trial. Mothers come in and say, ‘This man killed my son.'” To demonstrate, Castro offered to stage the courts-martial in Havana’s Central Park — an unlikely spot for cool justice but perfect for a modern-day Madame Defarge.

In the trials rebels acted as prosecutor, defender and judge. Verdicts, quickly reached, were as quickly carried out. In Santiago the show was under the personal command of Fidel’s brother Raul, 28, a slit-eyed man who had already executed 30 “informers” during two years of guerrilla war. Raul’s firing squads worked in relays, and they worked hour after hour. Said Raul: “There’s always a priest on hand to hear the last confession.”

The world looked on, tried to understand the provocation, boggled at the bloodshed. Uruguay’s U.N. delegate, Argentina’s Cuban ambassador, liberal U.S. Senator Wayne Morse, all protested. Puerto Rico’s Governor Luis Munoz Marin was “perturbed.” Castro’s answer: “We have given orders to shoot every last one of those murderers, and if we have to oppose world opinion to carry out justice, we are ready to do it.” He added a few irresponsible crowd pleasers: “If the Americans do not like what is happening, they can send in the Marines; then there will be 200,000 gringos dead. We will make trenches in the streets.” Although the U.S. had done nothing more than recognize his regime swiftly, he denounced “cannon diplomacy” and called for a rally of 500,000 this week in Havana.

As he walked with his entourage through the lobby of the Havana Hilton last week, Castro stopped to talk with two old women, who blubbered a request that their murdered sons be avenged. “It is because of people like you,” said Castro, hugging the pair, “that I am determined to show no mercy.” All over Cuba, the justly aggrieved, the crackpot patriots and anyone who just wanted to square a minor account filled their black notebooks with the names of new candidates for rebel justice. Fidel Castro estimated that fewer than 450 would be shot; Raul Castro bragged that “a thousand may die.”

In a Mass Grave. The biggest bloodletting took place one morning at Santiago’s Campo de Tiro firing range, in sight of the San Juan Hill, where Teddy Roosevelt charged. A bulldozer ripped out a trench 40 ft. long, 10 ft. wide and 10 ft. deep. At nearby Boniato prison, six priests heard last confessions. Before dawn buses rolled out to the range and the condemned men dismounted, their hands tied, their faces drawn. Some pleaded that they had been rebel sympathizers all along; some wept; most stood silent. One broke for the woods, was caught and dragged back. Half got blindfolds.

A priest led two of the prisoners through the glare of truck headlights to the edge of the trench and then stepped back. Six rebel executioners fired, and the bodies jackknifed into the grave. Two more prisoners stepped forward, then two more and two more—and the grave slowly filled….

This was less than a month into castro’s forty-eight years of terror. The fact that fidel and raul have reached old age with international MSM support is a criminal injustice and an act of violence against every Cuban. There is nothing; nothing that can rectify this cruel history.

4 thoughts on “Why the castro brothers should hang”

  1. This is revolting of course. The atrocities under Batista were also revolting. I lost family members because of both Batista and Castro. We need a mature nation where goverment crimes are not accepted or excused in any way, form, or shape.

  2. Any atrocity is “revolting”, but Castro’s atrocities because of the sheer number, the nature of the atrocities [read Armando Valladares “Against All Hope”] and the span of years [as of this New Years, it will be 48 years], is singularly revolting. Any comparison between Batista and Castro is like comparing a cold with a case of full-blown AIDS.

    Its a shame that Fidel or Raul will not die from an executioner’s noose or from a firing squad. It’s also ashame that the media is still either openly defending Castro or tacitly approving of him through their indifference. Today, the NYT’s had a front page article on Saddam’s execution. The headline read: “HUSSEIN IS EXECUTED
    Dictator Who Ruled Iraq With Violence Is Hanged for Crimes Against Humanity”

    When will they use the term “dictator” against Castro? Castro is still being referred to as either “president” or “leader” and any talk of Cuba is usually sprinkled with comments of it’s “wonderful healthcare and education,” not “violence” or “crimes against humanity.”

    It’s very disheartening…

  3. Let’s remember Herbert Matthews and the New York Times, which swayed American opinion of the Communist Revolution even as they glorified its executions.

    To this day, their coverage of the Revolution remains exalted in American journalism, and Matthews remains one of its legends.

    Although I don’t read the New York Times _ and I live very far from New York _ every day I stick a copy under the parrot’s cage. Good paper stock.

  4. Ziva’s post has nothing to do with Batista (who would have done Cuba a major favor by not being born). Ziva’s point is that, even though the Castro franchise has turned out far worse than Batista and Pinochet put together, it has never been treated accordingly by the MSM–not even close. Perhaps that could have been passed off as ignorance in 1959, but by now there is no legitimate excuse whatsoever. None.

    All the media people who have practiced this blatant double standard are hypocritical, dishonorable, and guilty of criminal action against Cuba and its people. The New York Times is a particularly serious offender, but the problem is generalized in the news industry. None of these two-faced creeps has any intention of admitting fault, let alone making any sort of amends. They’ve only had half a century to do it. They are beneath contempt.

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