Western Support of the ‘Cuban Revolution’ is Disgusting.

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I am furious.

At the immigration rally in D.C. this past Sunday, I noticed several people advertising the “Militant” newspaper, which is indisputably communist and wholly ideologically compromised. I was angry at the militant’s use of the issue of immigration to promote their inhumane message,  which can be described as nothing else but an unforgivable insult to human rights. They were tainting the rally and I took them to task.

As Jamie and I were walking on the mall, a woman came up to us, asking us to sign up for the Militant. Instead of inquiring about the content of their magazine(I knew already), I asked if they had covered the death of Orlando Zapata Tamayo. She responded: No, but we will, and we will discuss who he really was. In other words, to avoid an objective analysis on Tamayo’s death, she would rather baselessly (by that I mean trusting mere words from the Cuban government) assassinate Tamayo’s character.

On reading the this article in the latest edition of the Militant, it is clear that western(U.S., Canada, and E.U.) supporters of the “Cuban Revolution” are so deeply committed to communist ideology that, in the face of clear and convincing evidence to the contrary, they will resort to disrespecting the memory of a man that died for what he believed in: a future where Cubans, not a select few octogenarians, can determine Cuba’s future.

The article related an event that took place at Marianopolis college in Canada, where retired Cuban brigadier general Armondo Choy was speaking on the wonders of the 50+ years of the Cuban Revolution. A student asked about the death of Orlando Zapata Tamayo, and got this as a response from  Mary-Alice Waters, president of Pathfinder Press and editor of Our History Is Still Being Written: The Story of Three Chinese-Cuban Generals in the Cuban Revolution.:

Today Washington, Ottawa, and others are campaigning against the Cuban government demanding that Cuba release its “political prisoners,” Waters said, especially since the death of Zapata Tamayo. He was a prisoner with a long criminal record, she noted, including a conviction for violent assault. He was sent to prison for three years in 2004. After he assaulted prison guards his sentence was extended.

“It was only after he was in jail that he declared himself a ’political prisoner.’ When he went on a hunger strike his demands included a cell phone, a TV, and cooking facilities in his cell. The Cuban government did everything possible to save his life, but couldn’t prevent his death. It’s important to see the case of Zapata Tamayo in the history Armando Choy was describing—‘the 50-year war’ that Washington has carried out to discredit and overthrow the Cuban Revolution. The so-called dissidents in Cuba are supported and financed by the U.S. government and its various agencies.”

Waters’ response is loaded with so much bull#$%  that, by its very substance, is only persuasive for one conclusion: she is a paid-agent of the Cuban government. Let’s analyze this line-by-line to better understand it.

The first sentence:

“Today Washington, Ottawa, and others are campaigning against the Cuban government demanding that Cuba release its “political prisoners,”

The others that Waters so conveniently neglects to name is the European Union. The European Parliament, with a vote of 509 to 30, adopted a resolution on March 11th…” strongly condemning the “avoidable and cruel” death of Cuban political prisoner Orlando Zapata…MEPs also repeat their call to the Cuban government for the “immediate and unconditional” release of all political prisoners and urge the EU to begin a “structured dialogue” with Cuban civil society.”

Mrs. Waters must have been concerned at what her student audience would have thought if they knew that nations outside of the “U.S. Empire” considered Tamayo to be a political prisoner.

The second sentence

He[Tamayo] was a prisoner with a long criminal record, she noted, including a conviction for violent assault. He was sent to prison for three years in 2004. After he assaulted prison guards his sentence was extended. “It was only after he was in jail that he declared himself a ’political prisoner.’

Waters cites, as a fact,that Tamayo has a conviction for violent assault, but fails to supply any concrete facts in relation to the conviction. She also does not say what, exactly, Tamayo was sentenced to three years in prison for.(according to Amnesty International, it was a vague “public disturbance”  law that Tamayo was sentenced under).

Then, Waters claims that Tamayo’s sentence was extended for assaulting prison guards, but yet again omits critical information: the length of the extension, which was 33 years. Really, Waters, 33 years for assaulting a prison guard? Your logic is dubious.

The third sentence

When he went on a hunger strike his demands included a cell phone, a TV, and cooking facilities in his cell. The Cuban government did everything possible to save his life, but couldn’t prevent his death.

The above sentence is founded upon absurdity because it requires the absurd: Orlando Zapata Tamayo was willing to go without food for over 8o days because he wanted a cell phone, a TV, and cooking facilities in his cell. Right.

Waters ends with the highest note of implausibility: “The so-called dissidents in Cuba are supported and financed by the U.S. government and its various agencies.”

Orlando Zapata Tamayo was facing over 30 years in prison. Tamayo could not have had any personal financial interest in spending the rest of his life in prison. Money has no use in prison. Therefore, it is 99.999% likely that Tamayo was not a paid agent of the U.S., but a Cuban who, shock, did not want the perfect Utopian heaven of Castro’s Cuba.

It is time that people shuck away their commitment to ideological preference and be concerned of the rights of  humans of all nations.  To do otherwise is to be complicit.

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9 Responses to “Western Support of the ‘Cuban Revolution’ is Disgusting.”

  1. Yolanda Guerra Says:

    That’s stupid…why would a person on a hunger strike demand cooking facilities in his prison cell?!?! Are there actually people who would actually believe that? Incredible! I hope you didn’t actually sign up for this publication….next thing you know, you’ll have the FBI reading your blog. 😉

  2. bjohns15 Says:

    Ha Ha, what they publish is nothing more than the words of Raul and Fidel.

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  5. carl Says:

    i read he was a chronic trouble maker having no poitical overtones in his actions. it was only after being imprisoned and sentenced for an unduely long period of 36 years that he decided to go the prisoner of conscience route.

    the 36 years is long but i guess the cuban judicial system doesn’t take kindly to machete swinging types.

    he decided not to eat no one refused him food.

  6. carl Says:

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE61R06V20100228

    “not connected to politics”

    it could be false but it could be true. the point is that if it were true that he did not go to prison for political acts then why not try to spin and propagandize the situation if you are on the other side of the fence. that’s what is done in international affairs. good or bad.

    if he was a poitical agitator, possibly supported by the US, should he not be viewed as an agent of another country trying to destabilize the regime. think of this happening in the US -> terrorist comes to mind!

    if he was acting alone then he was treated unfairly. how will we find out?

  7. bjohns15 Says:

    The difference is that there is more evidence pointing to the fact that Tamayo was arrested for peacefully working for a democratic Cuba. The difference between a “terrorist” and a “dissident”, is significant. If I, an American citizen, peacefully work for change in the United States, to better the United States, it is not improper that I am accepting money from a foreign nation. Do you think foreign nations do not influence policy within the United States? Think Israel.

    If you read the Cuban government claims vs. all other claims to the contrary, there is a whole lot more veracity to the “other claims”.

    Do you, Carl, read the Cuban based dissident blogs, or only El Granma?

  8. bjohns15 Says:

    Furthermore, the Cuban government presents no significant evidence of Tamayo’s conviction, or if he was accepting money from the United States. It a common tactic used when one is acting wrongly–deflection.

    The Cuban government claims they are saintly, that everything that ails the world is because of the evil empire. Yet, the sins of the evil empire do not absolve the Cuban dictatorship’s inflicted against its own people. One of those sins? look at the abuse the Cuban government actively encourages be spewed at the defenseless Damas de Blancos.

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