The good news is Fidel Castro is dead. He died, fittingly, on Black Friday (Nov. 25), Capitalist society’s biggest holiday of the year. The bad news is that it took him 90 years to die.
Cuban-Americans celebrated in the street. Notwithstanding the fact that he successfully lived to the ripe old age of 90 and that his regime was never overthrown, anytime a Communist dictator dies is a good day. Obama, the American Communist president, normalized relations with Cuba last year. The first flight to Havana took off this morning, realizing Obama’s dream of connecting with the Communist world of dictatorships.
Cubans, at first, aligned themselves with the then-Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro and Che Guevara. Cuban was under the even more dictatorial. In 1952, former Cuban President Fulgencio Batista established a dictatorship. As it grew increasingly harsh and corrupt, Fidel Castro led angry Cubans (including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s father, Rafael) in a rebellion in 1956.
Over two years, the fighting intensified. Batista fled Cuba on Jan. 1, 1959. On Feb. 16, 1959, Fidel Castro became the Premier of Cuba. But government-instituted economic and social changes failed to restore promised liberties. Political opponents, businessmen, farmers, homeowners and bankers were executed, imprisoned, or fled Cuba for America. Some 700,000 Cubans in total left the island.
By 1960, all banks and industrial companies had been nationalized, including over $1 billion in U.S.-owned properties, mostly without compensation. In 1961, some 1,400 Cubans, trained and by the Central Intelligence Agency, unsuccessfully tried to overthrow Castro’s regime. The operation would become known as “The Bay of Pigs” invasion.
Brigade 2506 fronted the armed wing of the Democratic Revolutionary Front (DRF) and intended to overthrow Castro’s increasingly communist government. Launched from Guatemala and Nicaragua, the invading force was defeated within three days by the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces, under the direct command of Premier Fidel Castro.
The Presidential coup of 1952 led by General Fulgencio Batista, against President Carlos Prio, an ally of the United States, forced President Carlos Prio into exile to Miami, Fla. President Prio’s exile was the reason for the 26th July Movement led by Fidel Castro. The movement, which did not succeed until after the Cuban Revolution of Dec. 31, 1959, severed the country’s formerly strong links with the U.S. after nationalizing American economic assets (banks, oil refineries, sugar and coffee plantations, along with other American-owned businesses).
It was after the Cuban Revolution of 1959 that Fidel Castro forged strong economic links with the Soviet Union, with whom, at the time, the United States was engaged in the Cold War. Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower was very concerned at the direction Castro’s government was taking, and in March 1960 he allocated $13.1 million to the CIA to plan Castro’s overthrow (though the plan to overthrow Castro was put off for Kennedy to decide). The CIA proceeded to organize the operation with the aid of various Cuban counter-revolutionary forces, training Brigade 2506 in Guatemala. Eisenhower’s successor, John F. Kennedy approved the final invasion plan on April 4, 1961.
Over 1,400 paramilitaries, divided into five infantry battalions and one paratrooper battalion, assembled in Guatemala before setting out for Cuba by boat on April 13, 1961. Two days later on April 15, eight CIA-supplied B-26 bombers attacked Cuban airfields and then returned to the U.S. On the night of April 16, the main invasion landed at a beach named Playa Giron in the Bay of Pigs.
Initially, the attack overwhelmed a local revolutionary militia. The Cuban Army’s counter-offensive was led by Jose Ramon Fernandez, before Castro decided to take personal control of the operation. As the U.S. involvement became apparent to the world, Kennedy decided against providing further air cover for the invasion.
As a result, the operation only had half the forces the CIA had deemed necessary. The original plan devised during Eisenhower’s presidency had required both air and naval support. April 20, 1961 the invaders surrendered after only three days, with the majority being publicly interrogated and put into Cuban prisons.
Cuba became the center of the Soviet Union’s efforts to take over Central and South America. Castro was a difficult puppet for the Soviet’s to control. Stalin believed in centralized control, whereas Castro’s ideology was more Maoist – subverting the locals into overthrowing their own governments, as they did in Korea and Vietnam.
Cuba became a training ground for communist terrorists worldwide – from Sweden to Germany to the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Cuba became the new Emerald Isle for American Communists as well, attracting a host of celebrities including Barbra Streisand, Gina Lollabrigida, Ed Asner, Oliver Stone, Danny Glover, Jack Nicholson, Robert Redford, Kevin Costner, Harry Belafonte, Chevy Chase, Steven Spielberg, Woody Harrelson, Francis Ford Coppola, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Sean Penn.
Many more of Hollywood’s elite preceded these, laying a path for Marxist literature and drama that made possible the election of someone like Barack Obama. Legitimized by Leftists journalists, Leftists politicians like John Kerry led the way for communist rebellions in Central and South America. Pres. Ronald Reagan was ruthlessly pilloried for supporting the Contras, those natives of Central America who opposed communist regimes that stole their land and property from them.
Hillary Rodham Clinton was notorious for her Marxist sympathies opposing the war in Vietnam and supporting social justice that would rewrite the rules for America, redistributing American wealth and property through the Legal Services Corporation. She met two “former” Communist Party members at Yale University during the Black Panthers murder trial: Jessica Mitford, a British author and her husband, Treuhaft, a San Francisco Bay Area lawyer. They came to New Haven, Conn., to lend legal and fundraising assistance to their associate Charles Garry in the trial.
According to David Brock’s book, The Seduction of Hillary Rodham (1996, Free Press/Simon & Schuster), in her senior thesis for Wellesley College, Hillary cited an article by Carle Oglesby (published in motive magazine, the house organ of the United Methodist Church):
“’What would be so obviously wrong about a VietNam run by Ho Chi Minh [or] a Cuba by Castro?’ The author maintained that the United States wanted only a certain kind of peace in which the ‘world will be safe for the American businessman to do his doings everywhere on terms always advantageous, in environments always protected by friendly or puppet oligarchies, by the old foreign grads of Fort Benning – or if push comes to shove, by the Marines themselves. We want a world integrated in terms of the stability of labor, resources, production, and markets; and we want that integrated world to be managed by our own business people. The United States, that is, is an imperialist power.’”
As for Treuhaft, Brock tells us that he had worked for the Communist Party as an attorney until 1958. He fought to allow Communist Party members to hold office in labor unions and mounted a defense of the leadership of the California Communist Party in a 1951 subversion trial.
“A pamphlet,” Brock writes, “by the House Un-American Affairs Committee, [run the Democrats and no, this had nothing to do with “Tailgunner Joe” – McCarthy was a senator, not a representative], “Communist Legal Subversion: The Role of the Communist Lawyer” listed Treuhaft as among the thirty-nine most “dangerously subversive” lawyers in the country, according to the Mitford Book [A Fine Old Conflict]. In sharp contrast to most of the New Left, Treuhaft and Mitford were die-hard supporters of Stalinism. By the early 1970s, the sector of the American left that Treuhaft occupied was a scorned, almost underground minority.
“’This was not a group of socialists,’ said historian Stephen Schwartz. ‘This was a group of hard Communists who had been running the Communist Party of Northern California…It was a political organization whose loyalty to the Soviet Union was explicit, whose discipline was Stalinist, and whose intellectual attitudes were mainly Stalinist…Treuhaft is not like the Black Panthers. Treuhaft is a man who dedicated his entire legal career to advancing the agenda of the Soviet Communist Party and the KGB.’
“In 1971, Hillary accepted a summer internship in Treuhaft’s Berkeley law office.”
The aforementioned Carl Oglesby was, according to Brock, “only one of the well-known Maoist or Marxist theoreticians who was interested in and had a theory about splitting and manipulating the ruling class.” Later, through organizer-cum-laude Saul Alinsky, Hillary was either directly or indirectly associated with such communist luminaries as Cesar Chavez, an Alinsky disciple and radical labor organizer; socialist agitator Staughton Lynd, who traveled to Hanoi with Tom Haydon (the Port Huron Statement) to meet with Vietnam leaders; and San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros (who headed Housing and Urban Development under Bill Clinton).
Hillary’s work on the Yale Review of Law and Social Action, an alternative publication to the traditional (but still liberal-leaning) Yale Law Journal, Brock tells us, “brought Hillary into an influential circle. Robert Borosage, a leading student radical and another of the journal’s founders, would become an important operative behind the Institute for Policy Studies, the Washington think-tank founded in 1963 to help craft programs for the Great Society. In the 1970s, the Institute promoted pro-Soviet movements in the Third World at the height of the renewed Cold War. Another notable figure writing for the Yale Review during Hillary’s tenure on the board of editors was Duncan Kennedy, one of the founders of the Critical Legal Studies (or ‘Crits’) movement, which applied deconstructionist philosophy to the law. Critical Legal Studies was a 1970s descendant of the legal realists’ view that the law could be used as an instrument of political power.”
“In Ohio, a legal services program sued U.S. Steel to either prevent plant closures or force a sale of steel mills to a worker-community group. The local LSC grantee employed Saul Alinsky disciple Staughnton Lynd to handle the case. When it came to trial, Ramsey Clark joined him at the plaintiff’s table.” Ramsey Clark was the 66th United States Attorney General under Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson.
“The legal concepts embedded in such litigation [as Brock cites in the book] received Hillary’s implicit support through a set of rules for grantees proposed by the LSC board and published in the Federal Register on March 23, 1981. The rules required that LSC grantees not discriminate against homosexuals; hire a fixed percentage of bilingual employees in certain areas; adopt hiring quotas to guarantee employment of women and minorities at levels that reflect ‘parity with the relevant labor market’’; and include drug addicts and alcoholics under the definition of ‘handicapped,’ thus protecting them under anti-discrimination laws. [The rules were not adopted at the time due to opposition in 1981 by the new Republican-controlled Senate.]
“While Hillary chaired the LSC, the organization forged close links with the National Lawyers Guild (NLG), which had been founded in 1937 with the assistance of the International Labor Defense, the American section of the International Class War Prisoners Aid Society, an agency of the Comintern [the Soviet KGB’s “International Public Relations” branch]. It remained an active affiliate of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL), an international Communist front controlled by the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
“The IADL was described in a CIA report on Soviet propaganda operations published by the House Intelligence Committee in 1978 as ‘one of the most useful Communist front organizations at the service of the Soviet Communist Party.’ The report noted that at its 1975 conference in Algiers, ‘the real and ideological interests of the IADLS were covered by the agenda…which considered law to be a function in the struggle against imperialism, colonialism, neo-colonialism, racism and apartheid. Under the banner of anti-imperialism, the IADL’s thrust…was to do battle with the large international companies as a way to gain adherents and backing in the developing world.
“Through the years, the National Lawyers Guild had associated itself with many radical causes, including the Critical Legal Studies movement. A significant number of NLG activists were members of the Weather Underground’s Prairie Fire Organizing Committee, a faction of Students for a Democratic Society that was committed to violent revolution. During the trial of the leaders of the Baader-Meinhof terrorist gang in West Germany, NLG sent an observer team to express solidarity. In 1975, the NLG executive board voted to ‘provide legal support and resources to aid the Palestine Liberation Organization.
“The Guild – which has claimed that the American system of justice ‘is used to hound, attack, imprison, and execute the oppressed minorities, workers and political activists’ – supplied legions of attorneys to local legal aid programs during Hillary’s tenure…By 1980, the NLG reported that an estimated one thousand of its members worked in the LSC system.”
The Red Army Faction (RAF – Rote Armee Fraktion), in its early stages commonly known as the Baader-Meinhof Group or Baader-Meinhof Gang, was a West German far-left militant group founded in 1970 by Andreas Baader, Gudrun Ensslin, Horst Mahler, and Ulrike Meinhof. The West German government considered the Red Army Faction to be a terrorist organization.
The Red Army Faction engaged in a series of bombings, assassinations, kidnappings, bank robberies, and shoot-outs with police over the course of three decades. Their activity peaked in late 1977, which led to a national crisis that became known as the “German Autumn.” The RAF has been held responsible for 34 deaths, including many secondary targets, such as chauffeurs and bodyguards, as well as many injuries throughout its almost 30 of activity.
The Munich Massacre at the 1972 Olympics, in which 11 Israel athletes were murdered, was an attempt, in part, to secure the release of members of the Baader-Meinhof Gang.
There is no particular connection between Hillary and the late Fidel Castro (as far as anyone knows, at least). Hillary’s legacy is noted here as a reminder that Communism is far from dead. Fidel Castro is dead only after a successful career of instituting communism, in all its totalitarian gore. Cuba is not free.
Listen to the celebrities, the journalists, the politicians who will celebrate Castro’s “legacy” as though his lifetime was a legendary achievement to be honored and eulogized. His “monument” will be founded upon thousands, maybe millions of lives lost or destroyed in the name of communism, collectivism, and corruption.
Hillary’s career followed, more or less, the trajectory of Fidel Castro’s, although he, of course, was about 30 years older than Mrs. Clinton. She and her minions are made of the same tyrannical clay as Castro. For sixty years, or more, they’ve attempted to replace our firm, Constitutional foundation with this malleable mixture of volcanic ash and marshy, marxist clay in which we will be forever mired should she and her followers succeed.
In bidding a finally final farewell to the Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, we’ve nothing to celebrate, in actuality. We gained no victory over him. Indeed, the door has been opened to young Castroites to come here amongst the true Cuban refugees and spread lies about life in Cuba. Castro’s legacy will be a new –ism – Castroism.
This past election, however, has shown that freedom has not been defeated here in the United States of America. Not yet, anyway – not as long as we do not sink into silent ignorance about the communist threat that did not recede with the “opening up of China”, the fall of the Berlin Wall, or Castro’s final demise. Hillary Clinton is its de facto leader here in the United States.
Just remember – she lost.