Monday 4 October 2010
The oldest gay-rights organization in Latin America is taking Fidel Castro to the International Court of justice in The Hague for “crimes against humanity.” “What?!” snort the “enlightened.” You rubes got the news exactly bass-ackwards!
In fact, last week Fidel Castro apologized graciously for his regime’s past mistreatment of gays. His graciousness has been accepted graciously by all enlightened parties. The AP, Reuters and CNN picked up the story and it went media-viral. Any Google search finds it in spades. The “news” agencies to which Fidel Castro bestowed Havana “press” bureaus indeed ran with his “apology” regarding his historic jailing, torture and murder of gays. But true to their Cuba-“reporting” the MSM has completely “overlooked” the World Court complaint by Brazil’s Grupo Gay da Bahía, which is to say, what prompted the apology in the first place.
Again, true to form, the MSM pack—yipping, yapping, tails wagging, tongues hanging — followed the snickering Castro’s every cue as he led them off the trail of this damaging accusation in the World Court. Again, dutiful to their mission as outlined by Castro upon granting their Havana bureaus, they rushed to bark up every wrong tree and report bald misinformation. “Castro, 84, said he was busy in those days (of repression gays, documented here) fending off threats from the United States, including attempts on his life, and trying to maintain the revolution that put him in power in 1959,” dutifully reports (i.e. transcribes from Castro’s hand-outs) Reuters.
“What threats, Mr. Castro?” a genuine reporting agency might ask him. “The forced-labor camps and torture-chambers, for Cuban gays went up in 1965. Yet on Oct. 1962 the U.S. vowed to — not only refrain from molesting you — but to protect you. “We ended up getting exactly what we’d wanted all along,” snickered Nikita Khrushchev in his memoirs regarding the Missile “Crisis” resolution: “security for Fidel Castro’s regime and American missiles removed from Turkey. Until today the U.S. has complied with her promise not to interfere with Castro and not to allow anyone else to interfere with Castro. After Kennedy’s death, his successor Lyndon Johnson assured us that he would keep the promise not to invade Cuba“.
Evading the massive U.S. dragnet ordered by JFK, intrepid Cuban exile freedom fighters moved their operations to the Bahamas. But JFK was quickly on the phone to Harold Macmillan, alerting the British Prime Minister to the presence of these pesky Cubans and requesting the solidarity of Her Majesty’s Navy in nabbing them. Macmillan was quick to comply. So let’s step back and consider a key article of the MSM mantra on Castro, how this “valiant” and “plucky underdog defied ten U.S. presidents!”
In fact, as well known by the historically literate, far from “defying” anyone, Castro survived by hiding behind the skirts of the three most powerful nations in modern history: the U.S., the Soviet Union and the British Empire. The genuine “plucky underdogs” were the Cuban exile freedom-fighters defying these super-powers while trying to free their homeland with small arms and while persecuted by powerful “freedom-loving” nations allied (again) with the Soviet Union.
“Castro is responsible for the “persecution, imprisonment in forced labor concentration camps, torture, banishment, and death of thousands of gays, transvestites and lesbians,” reads the recent Grupo Gay da Bahía’s accusation.
But Reuter’s transcription of their Cuban propaganda ministry hand-out “reports” that the Castro regime decriminalized homosexual activity in 1979. A better judge might be the Spanish Gay organization Fundación LGBT Reinaldo Arenas that reports tens of thousands of Cuba gays recently fined, imprisoned or forcibly deported from Havana to the countryside along with 600 HIV positive men in Cuban prisons for the crime of being HIV positive. (Castro’s regime is widely lauded in Hollywood , by the way, the Red-Ribbon capitol of the world.)
Might the last half century have given news agencies cause to doubt a Castro pronouncement? After watching this short You Tube, of Fidel Castro addressing the National press club in Washington D.C. (in English, a rare honor) you be the judge.
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