Since it’s the American Thanksgiving weekend I thought I would drop this little tid-bit on your plate to chew on.
Yesterday’s Washington Post’s headline screamed “Fidel Castro was an ‘evil, murderous dictator who inflicted misery and suffering” said’Marco Rubio. Isn’t he the guy that Trump called “little Mario”? Rubio called Cuba a “impoverished island prison.”
Hummmm ….Cuba being and island prison wouldn’t have anything to do with the decades of US embargoes that was imposed on Cuba and it’s people after the Cuban revolution in 1959 would it?
After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 Cuba was left to fend for itself. The major impact came from the loss of cheap petroleum products from Russia. Gas became unobtainable by ordinary citizens and mechanized agriculture as well as food distribution systems virtually collapsed. It ushered in what most Cubans refer to as the “special period” (from 1991 to 1995), Cuba was on the brink of famine.Cubans survived by drinking sugared water, and eating anything they could get their hands on, including domestic pets.
I know and have talked to Cubans that lived through the Cuban “special period”.
When a guy or country is down what do you do? Kick him in the teeth,….. right? That’s exactly what the US did, now it was time to really tighten the screws. The Helms-Burton Act of 1996 intensified the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba, preventing pharmaceuticals, manufactured goods and food imports from entering the country…. and “Little Mario” has the nerve to call Castro a “murderous dictator”? During this period many Canadians traveling to Cuba on vacation would take band-aids, aspirins, etc to Cuban hospitals in an effort to help.
Perhaps little Mario should check the living conditions of Cubans under Batista. The Batista regime that was supported and propped up by the US government. Batista took control over the media by way of censorship, he then created an anti-Communist secret police to silence the public with violence, torture and public executions. It’s estimated that there were between 10,000 to 20,000 people murdered under the Batista regime with financial and military support from the US government. Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. a Special Assistant to President John F. Kennedy who worked primarily on Latin American issues analyzed Batista’s Cuba on the president’s request and said:
“The corruption of the government, the brutality of the police, the regime’s indifference to the needs of the people for education, medical care, housing, for social justice and economic justice is an open invitation to revolution”.
Schlesinger’s report to Kennedy was right on the money, in 1959 Castro and his band of revolutionaries over threw the Batista government, with the help of the people.
Was Castro a Saint? Hell no, however since Fidel Castro took control of government the infant mortality rates have fallen, the average life expectancy has gone from 45 to 79 years (one of the highest in the world, even higher than the USA) Cuba has developed some of the best medical facilities in the world, healthcare and education, including university are free.
Didn’t the US have it’s own revolution called the war of independence? Was it because of British colonialism and “exploitation”? Could American presence in Cuba and support for the Batista government be considered “exploitation”?
What’s good for the goose is good for the gander, Happy Thanksgiving.
Think about it