In the second part of an interview with Fidel Castro printed in a Mexican magazine, the Cuban dictator admitted that his regime persecuted gays and lesbians in Cuba during the 60’s and 70’s.
It was a difficult time, the moribund tyrant explained, and with all the problems going on because of the embargo, they sort of, kind of, overlooked the fact that gays were being rounded up like animals and sent to reeducation camps.
You see, the real underlying reason that the Castro regime persecuted gays in Cuba was because they were distracted by the embargo.
“We had so many and such terrible problems, problems of life or death, that we didn’t pay it enough attention,” Castro said of the way gays and lesbians were treated.
“The biggest problem was always medicine and food, which is true even today,” he said.
“The fight, the battle that we had to carry out, led us to make greater efforts than we would have made without the blockade,” he explained.
Of course, that explains everything. It is perfectly natural that when you face a shortage of food and medicine, the first thing you want to do is round up all the gay people and put them in reeducation camps to do forced labor.
Almost as bizarre as this revelation is, CNN’s explanation of the embargo comes close to being just as strange:
While the embargo prevented Cuba from trading with much of the world, it also encouraged the country to be more creative, Castro said.
The United States imposed the embargo against Cuba in 1961 after Castro’s government began seizing private land and nationalizing private companies, and Havana levied heavy taxes on American goods.
Talk about revisionist history.
As Humberto would say, unreal!