Arms Smuggling versus Equestrian Tourism: Which matters most?

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Quietly, the news story of Castrogonia’s arms smuggling plays out  in the shadows and, as usual,  hardly anyone pays attention.

Never mind those third-world dynasties, the Castros and the Ils.  Harmless buffoons.  They are, after all, leaders of inferior people,  strong-willed rulers of noble savages whose sole talent is being quirky and amusing, and whose sole purpose in life is to serve their betters.

So it goes.   Forget the Chong Chon Gang arms smuggling.   Better to focus on “five-star” tourism in Castrogonia.

As a potential British tourist might say:  “Yes, please stop it.  Don’t bother me with such inconsequential drivel.  Regale me instead with stories about horse riding in Cuba.  And please, put it in the “Luxury” section.  I want a first-class experience full of exotic charm and local colour on a tropical island where everyone is inferior to me and always will be inferior.  I pine for the exotic.  I long to see noble savages living in grass huts, staging cock-fights, plowing with oxen, and grooming magnificent stallions who can only be ridden by superior tourists.”

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“…Oh, thank heavens….  You’ve listened, oh, you lovely Telegraph….  Dash  HERE immediately for a story that really matters, and proves that Castroism is indeed fading and Cubans can now embrace their proper lot in life as natural slaves….”

But if you insist on being boorish, or prefer to dwell on trifling details about ships stuck in the Panama Canal, check out this report below from that ghastly Associated Press:

Panama Releases Most of the Crew Of Arms-Smuggling Ship Chong Chon Gang

Thirty-two of 35 crew members and a North Korean ship seized for carrying hidden arms from Cuba can be released, a Panamanian prosecutor said Wednesday.

Three of the crew members, including the captain, will be detained and face charges of arms trafficking, said organized crime prosecutor Nathaniel Murgas.

“The 32 are being released because they didn’t know about the cargo,” Murgas said.

He said the ship was legally free to go. But according to the officials with the Panama Canal zone, the ship cannot move until the North Koreans pay a $1 million fine levied because the ship’s crew threatened the canal’s security by not declaring it was transporting weapons. So far the fine has not been resolved, said canal legal adviser Alvaro Cabal.

A North Korean delegation arrived last week to negotiate the return of the ship and crew.

The ship, Chong Chon Gang, was headed from Cuba to North Korea when it was seized in the canal July 15 based on intelligence that it may have been carrying drugs.

The manifest said it was carrying 10,000 tons of sugar, but Cuban military equipment was found beneath the sacks. Crews unloading the North Korean-flagged ship found planes, missiles and live munitions on board.

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5 thoughts on “Arms Smuggling versus Equestrian Tourism: Which matters most?”

  1. But of course. The arms smuggling story has been largely downplayed because it doesn’t serve the interests of the MSM, and it’s neither a feel-good story nor something that tickles the fancy of potential tourists. Besides, given how the media has treated stories like Benghazi, what the hell can “those people” expect?

  2. The media will never stop churning out stories like this Telegraph piece because, at best, to these people Cuba is no more than an appealing and enticing backdrop for a certain kind of vacation. In other words, it’s a stage to play on, a glorified cruise ship or a Fantasy Island scenario. They don’t want to dig much deeper or grapple with Cuba’s reality, because that would be counterproductive to their primary goal: using Cuba as a pleasure ground.

  3. Just as in politics what really counts is perception and not truth, in the news business what really counts is what sells and what advances a certain agenda. Again, truth may be a very secondary issue, if any, and certainly not the prime directive. Lip service or posturing, of course, is an entirely different matter.

  4. But Asombra, don’t you know that increased U.S. tourism will bring freedom and prosperity to Cuba? Move on, as you would say.

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