It gets old. It really, REALLY gets old
The headline refers to all the moralizing and humbug by U.S. political and business hucksters when they visit Cuba. Take the delegation from the Congressional Black Caucus, which visited Castroland last April.
If only these esteemed legislators had simply told us, "Look, you reactionary Cuban exiles, there ain't enough of you voting in any of our districts to make any difference to us. Worse, all you Cubans are Republicans and didn't vote for us, or contribute to our campaigns anyway. We owe you people nothing." How refreshing that might have been!
But no. They insists on warbling about the "strictly business" aspects of the visit; and how this "builds bridges with the Cuban people;" and how this "positions the USA for dealing with Cuba after the transition," etc., etc. Their best came when they rationalized their private audience with the mass murderer himself. They did it, said one spokesperson, "out of respect for the Cuban president."
Congressional Black Caucus people, I realize you're very busy with state business, but in case you haven't heard, there have been no "presidential" elections in Cuba in over half a century. By the way, how did "President" Castro earn this respect from the members of the Congressional Black Caucus? Was it by:
· Begging, pleading and finally trying to cajole Nikita Khrushchev into incinerating several southern cities, including New Orleans and probably Baton Rouge, with a pre-emptive nuclear attack in October 1962?
· Incarcerating as many people, as a percentage of population, as Hitler or Stalin?
· Murdering 17,000 Cubans and (several dozen U.S. citizens) with firing squads and dumping their bullet-riddled bodies in mass graves?
· Impoverishing and brutalizing a country to the point where 20 percent of its population risked their lives to flee? (Please note: Prior to Castro's glorious reign, Cuba took in more immigrants per capita than any country in the Western Hemisphere. More Americans lived in Cuba than Cubans in the U.S.)
· Having his agents plant 500 kilos of TNT in Grand Central Station, Macy's, Bloomingdale's, Gimbels, to incinerate and entomb tens of thousands of your fellow citizens on Nov. 27, 1962 (Macy's parade day)?
· Sending his agents to torture American Prisoner of Wars in North Vietnam's Cu Loc POW camp outside Hanoi in 1967? Ask John McCain how it felt.
· Describing the United States of America, whom the Congressional Black Caucus supposedly represents, as "a vulture preying on humanity!" and "the enemy of all the peoples of Latin America!" and shouting just five years ago while in Tehran, "Together Iran and Cuba can bring America to her knees!"?
So, please stop insulting our intelligence.
As usual, to read the mainstream media, Caucus Chairman Barbara Lee, of California, and her delegation come across as "enlightened" and "forward-looking" and simply "facing facts." Her opponents, as usual, come across as that "crackpot" Cuban-American bunch again, those ignorant "hot-heads," oblivious to facts, hopelessly mired in their archaic bitterness and hell bent on throwing monkey wrenches into even the most reasonable approaches to Cuba.
Fine and dandy; however, if you'll indulge this "ignorant crackpot" for a second, I'll present a few facts, as revealed by recent historical examples.
When the Iron Curtain fell, people like Czechoslovakia’s Vaclav Havel and Poland’s Lech Walesa, dissidents in their respective former Soviet colonies, found themselves in positions of leadership in their post-communist governments. Then came the time to transact major business with the West and guess what: For some odd reason, these brave men, just getting out of jail, were not favorably inclined toward the companies that had done business with their Communist jailers, companies they saw as accomplices in their oppression.
Then there's the minor matter of getting paid by Castro, who has stiffed every creditor from the Soviet Union to the European Union, to Japan, to China, to South Africa, to the Philippines, hence his eagerness for U.S. business nowadays. We in the USA are the only ones left – the equivalent of Wyle E. Coyote. “Beep-beep!” says Fidel Roadrunner.
You see, Castro owes U.S. citizens billions of dollars: $9 billion (in current dollars) from the businesses and properties he stole in 1960. He owes millions more from judgments on wrongful death suits filed by U.S. citizens whose fathers, husbands, etc., were tortured by the charming luncheon host's goons, and murdered by his firing squads.
By the way, I'm certain these families, one named Anderson, another Fuller (note, most aren't "crackpot" Cuban exiles), aren't thrilled over your "respect" for Castro's wishes in joining him for a jovial lunch.
By a strict enforcement of current law, these robbed businessmen and grieving families could well find themselves first in line for any Castro/Cuban funds sent to the U.S. (by which I mean those sent to your constituents' bank accounts). Perhaps your "enlightened" and "forward-looking" advisers neglected to mention this? If so, please accept it from a Cuban-exile "crackpot."
U.S. Representatives Barbara Lee, Bobby Rush, Emanuel Cleaver, and Laura Richardson: Should you and your Castrophillic chums visit Cuba after its liberation, you will be calling on people who spent much time in jail, house arrest or exile. They may well greet you with rigid smiles, looking much like those Oscar nominees when they lose and the camera zeroes in on them. "So nice to finally meet the nice lady we saw toasting the tyrant who sent my dad (brother, son, cousin, uncle …) to the firing squad! So nice to see the nice lady we saw smiling and lunching and lavishing business on my mother and aunt's jailer and torturer! Now, if you'll just have a seat in the reception area, perhaps we'll find time to see you – perhaps around the time hell freezes over!"
"It was quite a moment to behold," Congressman Lee said, recalling her moments with Castro.
“It was almost like listening to an old friend,” said Rep. Bobby Rush (D., Il.). “In my household I told Castro he is known as the ultimate survivor.”
Laura Richardson (D., CA) said Castro knew her name and district. "He looked right into my eyes and he said, 'How can we help? How can we help President Obama?'"
Almost enough to make me laugh my head off, if it weren’t so sad and sappy…
By then the charming and invaluable "business" contacts made in Cuba by the Caucus delegation will find their influence greatly diminished, their staffs reduced and their offices much, much smaller. Chances are, when subsequent trade delegations from their districts return to Cuba to crank up the business relationship after the "transition," their Cuban contacts will find themselves in different, and somewhat awkward, positions.
If you've seen pictures of Benito Mussolini on April 28, 1945, and Nicolae Ceauşescu on December 25, 1989, you'll understand the positions I have in mind.