Thank you, Spain

Spain says they are only trying to help the Cuban people by scheming behind closed doors with a murderous regime and the compromised and immoral leadership of the Catholic church in Cuba.

They expect us to thank them for negotiating the banishment from Cuba of 52 of some of the bravest dissident voices on the island.

Perhaps Spain believes we should also thank them for Spanish General Valeriano Weyler’s selfless efforts in protecting noncombatant Cuban peasants. In 1897 and 1898, the General forced Cubans into concentration camps to “protect” them from the rebels.

Thanks to Dr. Antonio de la Cova and his exhaustive work documenting much of Cuba’s history, we have photographic evidence of the results of General Weyler’s compassionate attempt to help the Cuban people.

Colon Cemetery, Havana, Cuba, 1898
Colon Cemetery, Havana, Cuba, 1898
225,000 Cuban civilians died in 18 months 1896-97
225,000 Cuban civilians died in 18 months 1896-97
A starving Chinese patient at La Caridad  Hospital, Matanzas
A starving Chinese patient at La Caridad Hospital, Matanzas

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Yeah, thanks a lot, Spain.

8 thoughts on “Thank you, Spain”

  1. I lost some of my great grandparents because of Valeriano Weyler’s policies in Cuba.

  2. So how far was this before the explosion of the Maine. This places another perspective
    on the Spanish American war.

  3. Come on! What intransigence, what hysterics! Valeriano Weyler wasn’t responsible for those skeletal prisoners! It was the lobbying pressures of the hate-mongering exiled Cubans who back then lived in New York, Philadelphia, Key West, Louisiana, and South Carolina!

  4. That’s correct George,

    Around 1896 the farmers were forced into these concentration camps that had no infrastructure, food, doctors or medicine.

    My great grandmother was the first one to die of starvation in one of these camps and her husband (my great grandfather) and the kids (except my grandfather) died sometime after one of the many plagues that affected these camps.

    At a young age my grandfather became an orphan as he witnessed the burial of his father and all his brothers in a common grave (plus the death of his Mom that had taken place sometime earlier).

    This experience scarred my grandfather for life. He always carried that pain inside him and mentioned it to my father many times.

  5. Unfortunately Spain has a horrendous record when it comes to Cuba and how much damage they have inflicted on the people of the island for the last two hundred years.

    I know that it is cold and cruel of me to state what I’m about to say but, I would not feel an ounce of pain for Spain if one day a real massive terrorist attack takes place on their soil that kills many of their own citizens.

    As far as I’m concerned, they deserve it..

  6. It’s not just how badly Spain has historically screwed Cuba, it’s how forgiving Cubans have been in response. It would have been perfectly understandable for Cubans to have retaliated BIG time against anyone and anything Spanish remaining in Cuba after 1898, based on what Weyler did alone. Weyler, remember, was never prosecuted by Spain, not even as a scapegoat. He was actually made Spanish Minister of War three times after the war ended in Cuba. In other words, it was like, “OK, so hundreds of thousands of civilians died under horrible conditions, but, uh, we had property to protect and, uh, collateral damage happens.” Cubans, basically, let it pass and did essentially nothing about it. It was treated like an unfortunate family quarrel that’s best overcome and forgotten. So how did Spain repay such generosity and forgiveness? It didn’t. It never has, and it shows absolutely no sign of ever intending to do so.

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