The otherwise senile Castro brothers certainly do not forget to keep some people in their black book. There is no forgiveness in the socialist hearts. As if they have not killed and tortured to death enough human beings already! Estimates vary considerably, but during their rule apparently the Castro brothers killed between 17,000 and 70,000 of the opponents of their regime. And at the Communist party congress in April this year (2011), comrade Raul, sprightly 78 years old, lamented, “It is really embarrassing that we have not solved this problem (succession) in more than half a century.” Embarrassing may be, surprising not. The Castro Mafia systematically killed off anybody who could even remotely challenge their personal rule. Even Che Guevara could say something about that from his unmarked Bolivian grave. Also, thanks to the relative physical proximity of the USA, a lot of wiser and prudent potential dissenters, possibly challengers, possibly successors, left to establish lucrative bars in safe Florida.
I had not heard of señor Luis Posada until recently. He helped to organise the 1961 attempt to liberate Cuba; unsuccessful largely due to the last minute cowardice by the Kennedy brothers. Later he worked for the Central Intelligence Agency to undermine Fidel Castro and assisted Nicaragua’s right-wing Contra guerrillas; a highly commendable effort, if I may say so. Apparently under his direction, people were killed in Cuba; total of seventy-eight (78), which is approximately one thousandth of those killed by the Castro brothers. [A reader familiar with the post WWII Central European history may see in señor Posada’s plight a certain resemblance to the story of the Czech communist resisters Mašín brothers.] He spent eight years in jail in Venezuela, four in Panama, escaped and now ended up in Texas, USA. Chavez’s Venezuela sought his extradition. It seems that the only evidence consists of a secretly taped conversation between Mr Posada and a young female reporter, allegedly containing something amounting to a confession. Apart from a not too fanciful possibility of an eighty-three years old man trying to impress an attractive female, there still exists in the United States of America something called “a Miranda warning”, the fact which for obviously ideological reasons escaped most of the journalists.
A Texas judge refused to deport him on the additional grounds that in Venezuela he might be tortured. Castro brothers and the left media were furious. According to The Economist, (16th April 2011) “many Cubans might find that claim ironic, given the presence of Guantanamo Bay on their island”. One wonders to whom and after how many daiquiris The Economist‘s “reporters” talk. Most of the Cubans would gladly walk across broken glass to Guantanamo, rather then risk their lives on an inflated truck inner tube in the shark infested waters between Cuba and USA. The red slips shows quite brazenly at the end of the article: “The easiest way for America to respond to such attacks would be to extradite Mr Posada – perhaps in a swap for Alan Gross, an American government subcontractor recently convicted of bringing communications devices into Cuba illegally.”
Sure. After all, The Economist‘s journalists are closely morally and ideologically related to the Oxford/Cambridge educated and always infallible British ruling class, which, for example at the end of WWII forcibly delivered over fifty thousand Cossacks to their deaths in Stalin’s hand. A heritage to be proud of.