Lisandro Perez (above on right) was “accused of being a Castro spy” by none other than Chris Simmons.
“I am thus obliged to many who read parts or all of the earlier work, including…Lisandro Perez…. Perhaps both the totalitarian Castro regime and those who despise it most fervently are approaching the end of their shelf life, what my former colleague — to the hardliners, “accused Castro spy” — Lisandro Pérez would call their “expiration date.” (Professor Alfred J. Lopez, author of Jose Marti; A Revolutionary Life)
(Last week Professor Tony “Disco” De la Cova warned us that Professor Alfred Lopez had some Castroite connections that made some of his work suspect. (Above we see “Disco” Tony asking Jeane “Dancing Queen” Kirkpatrick for a swing on the dance floor.)
From professor Tony “Disco” De la Cova in Babalu blog last week:
“I always read the book acknowledgements online and the bibliographical sources before I buy it. Alfred Lopez is grateful in the acknowledgements to accused Castro spy Lisandro Perez; Adriana Mendez Rodenas, an activist with the pro-Castro Areito magazine and Antonio Maceo Brigade and participant in the 1978 “dialogue” with the dictatorship; and Emilio Bejel Aguilera, another Areito collaborator…”
Well…turns out that Professor Antonio “Disco” De la Cova–though never insulted hereabouts with the title of a Cuba “expert”–nonetheless, and merely by reading the books acknowledgements, “expertly” sniffed out the political predelictions of Professor Alfred Lopez, author of the new “Jose Marti: A Revolutionary Life.” (a book whose purely academic and literary merits are not the issue of this post.)
Today in the Huffington Post Professor Lopez writes:
“It was only my discovery of a tiny, but very grumpy cyber-outpost of old-school Cubans (Babalu Blog) — hating on a book that I have written but they have not read — that gave me my thesis:
That the bad old days when a small, vociferous group of angry Cuban exiles could effectively dictate what could be said or done in Cuba-related matters are reaching their end. Their dwindling numbers are not yet reflected in any diminished influence in Washington or in the media; yet it is hard to avoid the creeping sense that Cuban-Americans — especially the hardline variety — are becoming just another U.S. minority, albeit a noisy one.
It is hard to explain to non-Cubans just why a Cuban-American author would take such obviously uninformed babble (Babalu Blog’s) seriously. But my so-far fleeting brush with the haters has reminded me why I hesitated for years to write a Martí biography that might challenge hardline views of their national idol.
For most Americans, the TV images of Cuban-Americans raging outside of Miami’s Versailles restaurant were little more than entertainment, perhaps minor irritation: There go those Cubans again, just like back with Elian (if in fact Americans even remember Elian). But for me, those images brought back memories of a more violent time. The 1970s brought a string of bombings against Castro-friendly embassies and consulates in the U.S. and abroad. Although hardliners had once limited their attacks to Cuban soil, they eventually targeted Cuban-Americans critical of their politics and tactics. Since 1970, hardline exile groups are believed responsible for nearly 100 terrorist acts in Miami alone, most of them bombings or attempted bombings. The most infamous of these cases was arguably the October 1976 bombing of a Jamaica-bound Cuban airliner that killed all 73 people aboard.”…Perhaps both the totalitarian Castro regime and those who despise it most fervently are approaching the end of their shelf life, what my former colleague — to the hardliners, “accused Castro spy” — Lisandro Pérez would call their “expiration date.”