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This book will help you understand Castro's brutality
on March 15, 2005
The story of Fidel Castro and the policy of the US towards his rule of Cuba is a very strange one. There are a huge number of people on the left who should be opposing such a brutal dictator, except that he is supposedly a socialist / communist and providing for "all the people" rather than a few millionaire exploiters. Of course, that is not true, but the fawning goes on nonetheless.
Instead, the people who have fled Castro's brutal tyranny are denounced. They are inconvenient to a liberal agenda that wants to believe that Castro's brand of socialism works. So, these refugees are ignored as much as possible, mischaracterized as rich exploiters who only want to get back properties they had long ago stolen "from the people". What nonsense! For every well to do refugee, there are thousands with nothing who fled for a chance at freedom. It is not an accident that so many Cuban refugees have done well in this country. They wanted to be free and have taken full advantage of what freedom offers to those who work diligently.
This useful book by Humberto Fontova, a child of the Cuban exile, is a cry of the heart. It gives passionate voice to those heroes who were tortured and murdered by Fidel and Che. He rails against the "useful idiots" who end up sustaining Castro's brutality. He cites so many of our politicians who find this whole Cuban episode so inconvenient and who want it to simply go away. These politicians and media elites denounce the exile community and try to discredit their voice in order to undermine its powerful political effect.
Mr. Fontova makes clear the agony this community has faced in fleeing Cuba, their pride in their success in America, and their frustration with those who either wittingly or unwittingly help prop up Castro's vicious regime. Does their hurt and passion take them too far? Maybe. The author believes in the Castro conspiracy to kill Kennedy. Who knows? I know that nearly every other voice in America is given its say to promote "diversity" no matter how deleterious their prescriptions for our country. We should hear these people as well and then make our judgment. I think this book is a good corrective for the way this community's voice has been ignored and mischaracterized in the mass media.
It is better, I think, to hear the voices directly rather than characterized in an unsympathetic press. So, give this book a read and take part in our national debate over our Cuba policy from a more fully informed stance.