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The 50 Year Anniversary of the Death of a Communist Thug

From Daniel Flynn at Breitbart

Che Guevara grew up the eldest son of a privileged Argentine family. He excelled at chess, read from his family’s 3,000-volume library, and competed in rugby, golf, and other sports. After years of study, he became a medical doctor in 1953. The man who once healed people of their bodily maladies then turned to healing them of their ideological defects. He did this with the gun as his surgical instrument as a Hessian revolutionary in Cuba.

“In the resistance, Guevara soon became commander of a detachment,” The Black Book of Communism reports, “quickly gaining a reputation for ruthlessness: a child in his guerilla unit who had stolen a little food was immediately shot without trial.” Once in power, Guevara started the island nation’s first “corrective work camp,” presided over mass, summary executions, and established “voluntary” labor on Sundays.

Though the bearded, bereted motorcyclist wins a romantic portrayal in history, he lived as a joyless ideologue. He named a son after Lenin and regarded Marxism as a scientific truth on par with Newtonian physics. He called marathon meetings that started after midnight. He did not tolerate disagreement. He remarked, “I can’t be the friend of anyone who doesn’t share my ideas.” Even Regis Debray described him as “an authoritarian through and through.”

The Bolivians did not line up to follow such a man as he had expected when he traveled there in 1966 to overthrow the government. Guevara ultimately reflected in his diary that “the peasants do not give us any help, and they are turning into informers.”

If Guevara hoped to realize the start of “two, three, many Vietnams” in Bolivia, events overruled his words.

“While Guevara was known around the world, his fame did little to endear him to Bolivia’s peasants,” Nicholas Casey writes in the New York Times. “And the country had already undergone a revolution the decade before, instituting universal suffrage, land reform and expanded education. During Guevara’s time fighting in Bolivia, not a single peasant was documented to have joined him.”

On October 8, 1967, the locals captured the wounded, foreign troublemaker in a mountain village of about 100 people. “Don’t shoot! I am Che Guevara,” he announced in do-you-know-who-I-am fashion, “and I’m worth more to you alive than dead.” But the locals disagreed.

The Bolivians took him to a classroom, where Guevara spat on soldiers and lectured a teacher about how using such a dilapidated schoolhouse to instruct children represented a backward, “anti-pedagogical” mentality. Guevara himself, dirty, wounded, and tired, himself looked dilapidated after almost a year in Bolivia.

After the nation’s president gave the go-ahead, an enlisted man, chugging beers celebrating the previous day’s victory, volunteered to execute the wealthier, better-educated executioner in an event not unlike Robespierre on the guillotine. He shot Guevara nine times in a classroom, imparting the hard lesson that when you presume to speak for someone else expect that someone to offer a loud rebuttal on his own behalf.

 

Armando Valladares, the Cuban dissident imprisoned by the revolutionary regime in 1960, had this to say about the ‘romantic revolutionary’:

“Che Guevara executed dozens and dozens of people who never once stood trial and were never declared guilty,” he said. “In his own words, he said the following: ‘At the smallest of doubt we must execute.’ And that’s what he did at the Sierra Maestra and the prison of Las Cabanas.”

……Guevara was instrumental in the creation of Cuba’s forced labor camps, which were used to imprison and extract work from those who had committed no crimes but were thought to be insufficiently revolutionary.

The problem with neo-Bolshevik assholes who idolize this murderous communist cutthroat as if he were a Christ incarnate, is that they would never actually live under the true system they advocate.

Rest in hell Guevara.

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Trump Rolls Back Obama’s Feckless Cuba Policy

One of the sickening aspects of Obama’s warped foreign policies was his willingness  to overlook the last 55 years of Castro’s brutal dictatorship, and ‘normalize relations’ with the communist gulag.

Donald Trump is nixing that bullshit and bringing  some common sense back to our foreign policy.

 

From Fox News

President Trump, speaking at a Miami theater associated with Cuban exiles, announced Friday he is nixing his predecessor’s “one-sided deal” with the Communist nation – moving to restrict individual travel to the island, crack down on the flow of U.S. cash to the Cuban military and demand key reforms in Havana.

While stopping short of a full reversal, Trump said he would challenge Cuba to come back to the table with a new agreement.

“Effective immediately, I am canceling the last administration’s completely one-sided deal with Cuba,” Trump told a cheering crowd.

Trump cast his announcement Friday as the fulfillment of a campaign pledge to turn back former President Barack Obama’s diplomatic outreach to the country.

“I keep my promises,” Trump said. “And now that I am your president, America will expose the crimes of the Castro regime.”

A cornerstone of the new policy is to ensure Americans traveling to Cuba only support private businesses and services, banning financial transactions with the dozens of enterprises run by the military-linked corporation GAESA.

The Trump administration also says it will strictly enforce the 12 authorized categories allowing American citizens to travel to Cuba – banning one particular type of travel, known as individual “people-to-people” trips, seen as ripe for abuse by would-be tourists.

Most U.S. travelers to Cuba will again be required to visit the island as part of organized tour groups run by American companies. Obama eliminated the tour requirement, allowing tens of thousands of Americans to book solo trips and spend their money with individual bed-and-breakfast owners, restaurants and taxi drivers. The rules also require a daylong schedule of activities designed to expose the travelers to ordinary Cubans.

Trump focused his speech Friday on the crimes and misdeeds of the Castro government, saying his administration would not “hide from it.” He accused the regime of harboring “cop killers, hijackers and terrorists” while casting the policy changes as meant to encourage a free Cuba.

“With God’s help, a free Cuba is what we will soon achieve,” Trump said.

Critics of the United States’ decades-long freeze – and embargo – with Cuba say it failed to spur such changes, and had welcomed Obama’s outreach as a fresh approach. But many Cuban-American lawmakers recoiled.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., a Cuban-American lawmaker who helped craft the new policy, spoke before the president in Miami on Friday and took a shot at Trump’s predecessor for his visit to Cuba last March.

“A year and a half ago … an American president landed in Havana to outstretch his hand to a regime. Today, a new president lands in Miami to reach out his hand to the people of Cuba,” Rubio said.

U.S. airlines and cruise ships will still be allowed to continue service to the island.

The U.S. Embassy in Havana, which reopened in August 2015, will remain as a full-fledged diplomatic outpost. Trump also isn’t overturning Obama’s decision to end the “wet foot, dry foot” policy that allowed most Cuban migrants who made it onto U.S. soil to stay and eventually become legal permanent residents.

Trump affirmed in his speech that the U.S. embassy would remain open, in hopes the two countries can forge a “better path.” But he said his administration would enforce the ban on tourism and the embargo, and would not lift sanctions until the regime releases all political prisoners and schedules free and internationally supervised elections.

Trump also demanded the return of Joanne Chesimard, a New York City native wanted in the 1973 killing of a New Jersey state trooper.

And of course, the leftwing thumb suckers are whining:

Former Obama adviser Ben Rhodes tweeted that Cubans “will be hurt by a mean spirited policy” meant to keep a “political promise to a few people at their expense.”

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, said the actions “threaten to slam that door shut and revert to a failed policy of isolation that has done nothing to improve the lives of the Cuban people and has harmed the American economy.”

 

Refusing to imitate Obama’s craven approach to despots is ‘mean spirited’.   Boo fucking hoo.

Cuba didn’t give up damned thing in exchange for the “normalized relations”. Castros’ critics, dissidents, and people who speak out against the regime continue to disappear. Their lives have not improved.  That will happen only if/when the Castro dynasty finally dies out and the communist dictatorship that has strangled Cuba for decades gets kicked out and replaced with democracy.

 

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A Contrast Between Reality and Vacuous Pandering

The first example from Jimmy Carter, an abject failure who never met a dictator he didn’t like.

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And Barky’s statement, which is dripping with slimy ambiguity.

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Castro’s victims are unavailable for comment.

Canada’s leftwingnut Prime Minister took a well-deserved bashing for his insipid praise for Castro.

Then there’s this from the guy who will be President in January 2017:

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Trump’s statement is the only one that reflects the reality of the devastation left in Castro’s wake. The rest of the litany of comments by political leaders and leftie journalists are a pile of nauseating mush.

So far, Trump is the only one with the decency to be forthright and honest about Castro’s bloody legacy. Hopefully, that candor will be a standard throughout his term.

Hell Has a New Inmate: Cuban Dictator Fidel Castro Finally Croaks at 90

From Fox News

Longtime Cuban leader Fidel Castro, the bearded, cigar-smoking Communist revolutionary who infuriated the United States, inspired both loyalty and loathing from his countrymen and maintained an iron grip on Cuban politics for almost 50 years, died Friday at the age of 90.

Castro, who was the only leader most of his countrymen ever knew, outlasted 11 US presidents since he first took power in 1959.

Castro had been in declining health for years – he continued to spew his anti-American tirades almost until the end.

In October, 2014, Castro reprinted a New York Times editorial in state-run media that argued that the U.S. embargo on Cuba should end. The editorial ran almost verbatim, omitting one line about Cuba’s release of political prisoners.

……He attended Jesuit boarding schools, and developed a love for sports, pitching for El Colegio de Belen’s baseball team. He attended the University of Havana law school, where he joined groups that focused on Cuban nationalism and socialism.

After graduation and now a revolutionary, he took up arms against the government of President Fulgencio Batista, leading a failed 1953 attack on a military barracks in hopes of triggering a popular revolt.

Instead he was captured and at his trial, where he led his own defense, famously predicted “history will absolve me.”

History will record you exactly as you were, a bloody, deranged despot who destroyed his island nation and infested it with communism and poverty.

After spending time in prison, Castro went into exile in Mexico, where he met Ernesto “Che” Guevara, who became his confidante.

Castro established another guerrilla force and after several years of fighting, eventually defeated Batista in 1959, taking control of Cuba at the age of 32.

After being sworn in as prime minister, Castro began a series of reforms, many designed to end US economic power on the island. Relations between the two countries frayed and when Castro visited the US later that year, President Dwight Eisenhower refused to meet with him.

At the same time, Castro’s government began to establish relations with the Soviet Union. In April 1961 Castro formally declared Cuba a socialist state just days before the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion that saw 1,400 Cuban exiles trained by the CIA unsuccessfully attempt to invade and topple his government.

Castro intensified relations with the Soviet Union and in 1962 US reconnaissance planes discovered Soviet missiles on their way to Cuban sites, precipitating a tense standoff between President John F. Kennedy and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev.

Castro’s bloody legacy:

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The Cuba Archive has credible information on at least 11 cases of forced blood extraction prior to execution. According to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of States (OAS) 1967 report regarding the practice at Havana’s La Cabaña prison, an average of seven pints of blood were forcibly taken from prisoners on their way to be executed, causing “cerebral anemia and a state of unconscious paralysis.” (For perspective, the average adult has around 10 pints of blood in their body.) Victims would then be taken to the firing squad on a stretcher.

The Cuban government would then sell the blood to the North Vietnamese for around $50 a pint.

……forced labor camps for conscientious objectors, homosexuals, and other “enemies of the state.”

……the sinking of the 13 de Marzo tugboat, which killed 41 fleeing Cubans, including 10 children.

Even after Castro ceded power to his brother, he still influenced other leftwing dictators  in the hemisphere:

……Castro summed up his views on dissent with a famous 1961 warning to Cuba’s intellectual class that excessive criticism would not be tolerated: “Within the Revolution, everything; outside the Revolution, nothing.”

“There are books that should not have a single issue published, not even a chapter, not a page, not a letter,” Castro said a decade later, adding: “There will be room here now … only for revolutionaries.”

He opened Cuba to a stream of U.S. fugitives, from Black Panther Eldridge Cleaver to financier Robert Vesco, all of whom he said were persecuted Americans.

……Castro also found a new benefactor in Chavez, who directed some of Venezuela’s vast oil wealth into generous deals that bolstered Cuba’s economy.

……Castro survived to see a wave of leftist governments wash across the continent, with some, notably Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador and Nicaragua, paying him special homage.

 

Cuban exiles in Miami celebrate:

Within half an hour of the Cuban government’s official announcement that former President Fidel Castro had died, Miami’s Little Havana teemed with life — and cheers.

Thousands of people banged pots with spoons, waved Cuban flags in the air and whooped in jubilation on Calle Ocho — 8th Street, and the heart of the neighborhood — early Saturday. Honking and strains of salsa music from car stereos echoed against stucco buildings, and fireworks lit up the humid night sky.

Police blocked off streets leading to Cafe Versailles, the quintessential Cuban American hotspot where strong cafecitos — sweetened espresso — were as common as a harsh word about Fidel Castro.

“Cuba si! Castro no!” they chanted, while others screamed “Cuba libre!”

Celebration, not grief, permeated the atmosphere. That was no surprise. Castro has cast a shadow over Miami for decades, and in many ways, his policy and his power have shaped the city and its inhabitants.

Cubans fled the island to Miami, Tampa, New Jersey and elsewhere after Castro took power in 1959. Some were loyalists of Fulgencio Batista, the president prior to Castro, while others left with the hope they would be able to return soon, after Castro was toppled. He never was.

Many others believed they would not be truly free under Castro and his communist regime. Thousands left behind their possessions, loved ones, and hard-earned educations and businesses, traveling to the U.S. by plane, boat or raft. Many Cubans died on the ocean trip to South Florida. And many never returned to see their childhood homes, their neighborhoods, their playgrounds, their businesses, their cousins and aunts and uncles, because Castro was still in power.

The ones that made it to Miami took a largely, and vehemently, anti-Castro stance.

……But as the Cuban exiles aged, and as Castro outlived them, and as  Obama eroded the embargo and younger Cubans returned to the island, the toast rang silent in many households.

And of course, Enrique Peña Nieto thinks Castro was some kind of humanitarian.

One of the sickening aspects of Obama’s warped foreign policies was his willingness  to overlook the last 55 years of Castro’s brutal dictatorship, and ‘normalize relations’ with the communist gulag.

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On a side note, remember Jimmy Carter’s abject stupidity with the massive 1980 Mariel Boatlift? Fidel Castro released thousands of his worst human excrement to our shores. Thieves, rapists, murderers, pedophiles, and inmates from insane asylums were dumped into our country with devastating results. I was a witness to some of the filth that Castro freed. I was a Buck Sergeant in an Army Reserve unit at the time, at Ft., McCoy, Wisconsin, where they housed some of these “refugees”. We had to keep them in a fortified barracks compound complete with barbed wire, high fences, trenches, armed MPs and guard dogs. They were absolute pigs. Rapes and assaults were a daily occurrence. Believe me, not all of them were political prisoners or dissidents.

Bubba Clinton did his part for relations when he ripped Elian Gonzalez from his chance at freedom and sent him back to be exploited by Castro.

Now that the communist thug has been sent to hell, we’ll see what Cuba does for its future.

Barky Bad-Mouths America in Argentina

He never misses an opportunity to slander America, especially while on the soil of a authoritarian cesspool.

From Grabien.

Lest you thought Obama spent all of his time abroad this week acting like a tourist — sightseeing, taking in a ballgame, tangoing with Argentine beauties — be reassured, he still found plenty of time to point out the many flaws he sees in America.

Between his stays in Havana and Buenos Aires, we counted at least 15 times Obama talked down his employer, The United States of America.

Specifically, he said …

America must have the “courage to acknowledge” its role in Argentina’s human-rights abuses

America can’t be slow talking about human-rights violations, as we’ve done in Argentina

The Constitution’s separation of powers makes it hard for America to adapt to the changing times

America must do more to promote equality

America needs to reduce discrimination

America suffers from “political polarization”

America was built by slaves

America has too much money in politics

America has a problem with racially-biased criminal justice system, a racially-biased society, and a legacy of slavery & segregation

Many American states would have forbidden his biracial parents to marry — had they tried

Many American schools in the south were segregated when he was young

American democracy is imperfect

America’s political process is not pretty, as evidenced by the current 2016 race

Cuba’s Castro’s more readily sharing his thoughts on where America is “falling short” will help us improve

He “doesn’t disagree” with Castro’s view that America should provide “free” health care, education, and social security to all

UPDATE: It appears we’ve montaged too early. Here are three more criticisms he leveled on his homeland:

At a townhall in Buenos Aires, said one area Americans need to improve is developing “a greater awareness of the world outside of the United States.”

At the same townhall, Obama said the Republican Party is no longer a “mainstream” political party, and that it’s become far more right-wing as a result of its opposition to him.

Finally, he critiqued the tendency in American politics to focus so much on “sound bites,” which he attributed to skepticism of global warming.

To sum it up:

America is bad.

Constitutional safeguards like Checks and Balances make it hard for him to become the total dictator he envisioned.

America is racist and we’re to blame because we hate his socialist agenda and his criminal malfeasance.

Endless lectures on the antiquated practice of slavery and segregation are a convenient whipping post for America’s transgressions, both real and imagined.

Bring up the politics/money issue, even though your own party profits from the corrupt symbiotic relationship.

Fling the “racial bias” invective, ignoring the culpability of the black community for its own condition.

The political process is not ‘pretty’, especially considering the vulgarity, race-baiting, voter fraud, intimidation, jackbooted oppression, union thuggery, unhinged nutbags, and violence so prevalent in the Dem party.

He takes advice from a Communist dictator who kept his impoverished country in the dark ages for over 50 years, on how to “improve America” and fix the “shortfalls”.

Taxpayers, especially the evil wealthy white establishment, should be bled dry to pay for all the “free” education, failed ObamaCare, and social security.

The rampage and carnage by muzzie cutthroats apparently isn’t enough to make us aware of the world outside the U.S.

Barky fails to mention the ‘mainstream Democrat party’ turned a sharp left years ago and never looked back. It’s become incorporated with Islam and the far-left lunatic fringe.

Lastly, America is bad.

Shut the fuck up, Barky.  As of 20 January 2017, your embarrassing, worthless ass will be gone from the White House and relegated to history’s dumpster of epic fails.

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