Miami’s NPR affiliate says Cuban exile reaction to Castro officials touring Miami airport is the real outrage

With their staunch anti-communist views, Miami’s Cuban exile community is not just the mainstream media’s object of scorn, but left-leaning local news outlets as well. The disdain and hatred The Miami Herald has for the Cuban American community it supposedly serves is well documented and obvious. But they are not the only ones. The local PBS/NPR affiliate in Miami, WLRN, refuses to be left behind.

In this rebuttal to a column written by Tim Padgett, WLRN’s Americas Editor, John Suarez takes on Padgett’s claim that the real outrage over allowing Cuban communist officials to tour secure areas of Miami International Airport is not the national security threat it presents, but the reaction by South Florida’s Cuban American community.

Via Notes from the Cuban Exile Quarter:

What’s outrageous in Miami? Journalist Tim Padgett’s column confusing a national security threat with cultural insensitivity

“Terrorism and deception are weapons not of the strong but of the weak.” – Mohandas Gandhi

WLRN Americas Editor Tim Padgett’s latest column “What’s outrageous in Miami is the outrage — and TSA’s Cuba optics” is an example of a lack of seriousness.

There are a number of reasons why the United States, or any sane country for that instance, would think twice about “cooperating” with the Cuban dictatorship in the fight against terror [or for that matter against drug trafficking].

Consider the following omitted by Mr. Padgett about the Cuban government currently in power.

The dictatorship in Cuba led by the Castro brothers came to power through a campaign of urban terrorism carried out by the July 26th Movement in the 1950s against the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista.

Throughout the 1950s, Castro’s July 26th Movement carried out multiple bombings terrorizing and killing Cuban civilians.

Fidel Castro ordered the burning of Cuban sugar mills, warehouses, busses, and factories. He also ordered bombings of stores, theaters, nightclubs, and clinics around the island as part of the revolution against the Batista dictatorship. In 2015, the Office of Publications of Cuba’s Council of State produced a four-volume chronology titled “We shall fight until the end” [Lucharemos Hasta el Final].

According to the 1958 volume, in May of that year “electric transformers that provided electricity to Santiago de Cuba, El Cobre and Contramaestre were blown up [by Castros’ forces] leaving important urban areas without electricity …”. In Havana, a member of Castro’s 26 of July Movement is killed when he was “surprised setting up a bomb.” In “Santiago de Cuba, two rebels fired against a government soldier in the intersection of Trocha and Corona streets. The soldier was seriously wounded.”

Two rebels set on fire furniture store’ La Caridad”. In “Ramon de las Yaguas neighborhood” in Oriente province “an activist from a government political party (PURS) is murdered.” A revolutionary died when a bomb he was placing in front of a movie theater in Marianao (Havana province) went off. And earlier this month a town near Santiago was left without electricity due to sabotage carried by rebel forces.

These are some of the terrorist attacks carried out during the month of May 1958. The number of such crimes which took place during 1955,1956,1957 and 1958 were chronicled in 2015 by the Office of Publications of Cuba’s Council of State. The many innocent victims and millions of property loses demonstrate without a doubt the mendacity of Fidel Castro’s claim that “the Cuban revolution never engaged in terrorism.”

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1 thought on “Miami’s NPR affiliate says Cuban exile reaction to Castro officials touring Miami airport is the real outrage”

  1. NPR is a known “progressive” and woke operation where practically everybody is a Dem, so its “coverage” naturally reflects that. I won’t dignify this Padgett person by reading his predictable tripe. Besides, even the slightest presumption by a non-Cuban to know or get Cuba better than we do is automatically disqualifying. That’s why someone like Katie Couric, for instance, has been dead to me on any topic since the Elián crisis.

    I’m considerably more interested in how this guided tour for Castronoid operatives, which reportedly is nothing new, could possibly take place with nobody in the administration of Miami or its airport knowing anything about it beforehand–or so they claim. Sounds like either negligence or lying. However, I do not rule out that, despite local opposition, this could have been imposed by federal authorities.

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