This is the thirteenth installment in a 15-part series written by Cuban American Humberto (Bert) Corzo exclusively on Babalú (see the rest of the installments in this series HERE).
“The word is not to conceal the truth, but to say it” – José Martí.
Why this topic is called One Hundred Lies told by Fidel Castro? Because he affirms the opposite of what is in his mind, he disguises his thinking by making his pronouncements look like another thing. Because the fake promises he made breaking his word. Of him we can say that “He lies more than he speaks the truth.”
In order to understand Fidel Castro’s actions, it is necessary to understand him as he really is, not as people want him to be. He is a man with two faces, one is the face of a revolutionary who promise prosperity, democracy and the restoration of Cuba’s 1940 constitution. The other is the face of a consummate liar who says and promises anything in order to stay in power for life.
The following infamous lies were used by Fidel Castro to coax the Cuban people, to later betray the true principles of the revolution by turning the island into a satellite of the Soviet Union.
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92. “I have come to the conclusion, without the least bit of chauvinism, that Cuba has the best medical care in the whole world, and it is important that we are aware of that, since it is the starting point for what I wish to state.… Finally, they opted for the best variant, first they went to the family doctor’s office, where they would be looked after by a young doctor who was trained after a six-year program of theoretical and practical courses…. Not for a single second has the Revolution waned in its efforts to repair, adapt or build new polyclinics and family doctors’ offices.” Reflection, September 24, 2008.
The myth of the Castro regime about the success of the Cuban Health Care System, is debunked by the article “Re-examining the Cuban Health Care System”, and a report written by Dr. Hilda Molina smuggled out of the island.
The author, University of Oklahoma Professor Katherine Hirschfeld, spent nine months in the island living with a Cuban family and interviewing family doctors, medical specialists, social workers, nurses and patients as part of her research. Katherine Hirschfeld, Vol. 2, Issue 3-July 2007.
Dr. Hilda Molina, a former member the Cuban National Assembly, is one of Cuba’s most distinguished scientists. She broke with the government on the issue of medical apartheid, the denial of medical care and medicament to Cubans while the same services are provided to dollar-paying foreign patients. Dr. Molina is founder of Havana’s International Center for Neurological Restoration. Dr. Hilda Molina report “Cuban Medicine Today”, was smuggled out of the island, and published by Center for a Free Cuba, December 28, 2004.
So outraged were Cubans to see the lies about the country’s health care facilities repeated in Moore’s movie “Sicko” that they risked their lives by using hidden cameras to film conditions in genuine Cuban hospitals in an effort to alert the world about their true fate. At enormous risk, two hours of shocking – often revolting – footage was obtained with tiny hidden cameras and smuggled to Cuban-exile George Utset website The Real Cuba, Free Healthcare? The man who assumed most of the risk during the filming and smuggling was Cuban dissident Dr. Darsi Ferrer, a medical doctor himself.
Under the Castro regime health care monopoly, the state assumes complete control. Average Cubans suffer long waits at government hospitals, while many services and technologies are available only to the Communist party elite and foreign “health tourists” who pay with hard currency. Moreover, access to such rudimentary medicines as antibiotics and Aspirin can be limited, and patients often must bring their own bed sheets and blankets while in care.
93. When hurricanes Gustav and Ike hit Cuba, the United States offered $ 6.3 million in relief aid to Cuba. The official response of the Castro regime was: “Our country cannot accept a donation from the government that is blockading it; however, it is willing to purchase indispensable material that the US companies export to other markets. Therefore, it requests authorization for such exports as well as for the credits which is the common procedure in every commercial transaction.
If the US administration does not wish to do this permanently, Cuba requests authorization for at least the following six months, particularly mindful of the damages caused by hurricanes Gustav and Ike and the fact the most dangerous months of the hurricane season are still to come. Castro also said: “Obviously, the government of that powerful country is unable to understand that our people’s dignity is priceless…. Those who in our country are upset about it are absolutely wrong.” Reflexions, Cubadebate, September 16, 2008.
U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, explained that lifting the embargo, even temporarily, requires congressional approval, and in a phone interview with The Miami Herald on Monday, September 22 said: “It’s hard to understand — hard — how they put politics ahead of suffering.”
According to Castro, dignity is more important than helping victims when they need it most. The last thing on his mind was the welfare of the Cuban people. His real intention was to use hurricane disasters as an opportunity to extract concessions from the US government, such as the suspension of the trade embargo and the authorization of loans and lines of credit that would not be paid, at the same time that the regime does not make any concession (CASTRO’S TYRANNY AND THE HURRICANES)
94. “Yesterday in the afternoon, while thoroughly analyzing the speech delivered by Obama at the Muslim University of Cairo, I received some reports published by the news agencies with the weird information that two retired persons more than 70 years old had been arrested on charges of having been spying for the government of Cuba for 30 years….The persons accused are Walter Kendall Myers and his wife Gwendolyn Steingraber Myers…. Don’t you all find the whole story about Cuban espionage quite ridiculous?” Reflexions, Cubadebate, June 6, 2009.
Kendall Myers, a former State Department intelligence analyst, after pleading guilty in November 2009, was sentenced to life imprisonment in July 2010 and his wife was sentenced to seven years for spying and passing sensitive US intelligence information during more than 30 years to the Castro regime. The couple met with Fidel Castro during the New Year celebration in 1995 on a trip to Cuba, and received medals for their work from the regime intelligence service.
The Castro regime has maintained its hostility to the United States for more than half century, using kidnapping, blackmail, illegal drug trafficking, money laundering, etc., to achieve its objective of damaging the interests of the United States.“
95. The hatred by the State of Israel against the Palestinians is such that they would not hesitate to send one and a half million men, women and children of that country to the crematorium in which millions of Jews of all ages were exterminated by the Nazi….The swastika cross of the Führer, seems to be the flag of Israel today.” Reflexions, Cubadebate, June 10, 2010.
Castro during his lifetime was a full-fledged anti-Semite. Since 1973, the year of the Yom Kippur war, he has been launching diatribes against Israel, including military actions like the intervention of its troops to defend Damascus against Tsahal (Israel Defense Forces). Actions like the training of Palestinian terrorists in Cuba and the publication of the doctoral thesis of Mahmoud Abbas, whose theme is the alleged relations between Zionism and Nazism (the book’s cover shows together the Star of David and the swastika). At the United Nations in 1975 the regime supported the resolution that equated Zionism with racism. In the Durban conference in the year 2000 he pressure for equating Zionism with racism. His regime always has condemned Israel on the Council of human rights of the OUN in Geneva.
The vast majority of the Jewish community left Cuba; of the 15,000 Jews living in the island in 1959, only 1,200 remain. Around 92% left after the regime took away their business and properties, by the limits imposed to freedom of religion, and endorsement of hateful anti-Semitism as a result of his proclamations shamefully pro-Arabs and anti-Zionists.
96. Castro, in an interview with Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic magazine published on September 7, 2010, said: “I don’t think anyone has been slandered more than the Jews,… the Jews “were expelled from their land, persecuted and mistreated all over the world, as the ones who killed God….I think their culture and religion kept them together as a nation. The Jews have lived an existence that is much harder than ours. There is nothing that compares to the Holocaust.”
This “new” Castro, friend of the Jews, is the same that on his “reflection” in June 10, 2010, made outrageous anti-Semitic statement. Can we believe in the sincerity of Castro?
Of course not, he is known to say everything and its opposite, using dialectical tricks. Castro now retracts all the diatribes he has launched since 1973.
This is what Mary Anastasia O’Grady of the Wall Street Journal think of Fidel Castro statements denouncing anti-Semitism: “How believable is a guy whose revolution all but wiped out Cuba’s tiny Jewish community of 15,000, and who spent the past 50 years supporting the terrorism of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, Syria, Libya and Iran? And how does Castro explain Venezuela, where Cuban intelligence agents run things, Iran is an ally and anti-Semitism has been state policy in recent years?” Her comment is right on target.
97. Jeffrey Goldberg, editor in chief of The Atlantic magazine, published the interview with Fidel Castro that took place the previous week, in which he ask him about the validity of the Cuban economic system, to which Castro replied: “Cuban model doesn’t work for us anymore.”
How many Cubans in the past 60 years have suffered unspeakable misery for saying the same thing Fidel Castro just said? Cubans are willing to risk their lives sailing in makeshift rafts in order to escape from the island of Dr. Castro. The only ones who believe this consummate liar are brainwashed sympathizers and so called “Progressives.”
Castro has ruined the island. His selfish desire to dominate the Cuban people, has not allow them to prosper and fulfill their potential. The daily struggle that most Cubans have to go through just to live their daily lives is unbelievable. He was wrong all along. His experiment with Marxist-Leninist political economy has been a complete and absolute failure.
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Humberto Corzo was born in Matanzas, Cuba. In 1962 he graduated from University of Havana with a degree in Civil Engineering. Since coming to the United States in 1969, he established his residence in Los Angeles, California, where in 1972 he obtained the registration as a Professional Engineer. He has over forty five years of experience in the field of Structural Engineering. He is a Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Cuban-American Association of Civil Engineers.