Mass Murder By Diplomacy

Posted on Tuesday, April 05 at 10:10 by John Tiller
Eusebio Penalver is the stuff of which movie heroes are made. Eusebio was the world’s longest-serving black political prisoner of the last century, and in the history of the world. He is a black Cuban, holed up and tortured in Castro's jails longer than Nelson Mandela languished in South Africa's. He was bloodied in his fight with Castro-style Communism but unbowed after 30 years in its dungeons. He scorned any "re-education" by his jailers. He knew it was his jailers who needed the education. He refused to wear the uniform of a common criminal. He knew who should wear this too. He stood defiant through almost 30 years of hell in Castro's prisons. Ever heard of him? He was a hero of the revolution fighting with the Che Guevara force at the very beginning. He lives in Miami, one of America's largest and easiest to find cities. He'd be a cinch to track down. Ever see a CNN interview with him? Ever see him on "60 Minutes"? Ever read about him in the New York Times? The Boston Globe? Ever read about him in the Globe and Mail or hear him on the CBC? Ever hear anyone refer to Eusebio Penalver, the longest serving black political prisoner on the planet, when they are talking about black prisoners of conscience? Of course not. And it figures. He was Castro's political prisoner and we just consider him another crazy Cuban refugee. And, as we all know, that doesn't count in polite society. Take Cuban Mario Chanes de Armas, who was instrumental in just about every major event of the early revolution in Cuba. He was one of the founders of the July 26 movement born of the 1953 attack on the Moncada army barracks. He was there at the landing of the Granma, in the rebel treks through the Sierra Maestra. He was a comrade of Fidel’s before Fidel jailed all of those that helped him the most. He spent 30 years in a Castro prison then became a Cuban refugee. Mario doesn’t count either. The left doesn’t count a whole lot of Cuban people. Armando Valladares was a poet who spent 22 years in the Cuban Gulag. Poet Raúl Rivero was sentenced to twenty years. Political prisoner Luis Enrique Ferrer García, was sentenced to 28 years in jail. Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet was sentenced to 25 years for flying the Cuban flag upside down. Reporters Without Borders wrote letters of concern for journalist Fabio Prieto Llorente who was sentenced to 20 years for covering an illegal protest and journalist and economist Oscar Espinosa Chepe, sentenced to 20 years in a one-day summary trial. His family says he is suffering from cirrhosis of the liver and cancer that was detected in February 2004. He can barely eat. All of the five mainstream TV networks and most major mainstream newspapers in Venusuela oppose Chávez, but a small minority of the media is said to support him. Chávez claims the opposition media is controlled by the interests which oppose him which is true to an extent. The media accuses Chavez with intimidating journalists with his street gangs and his constant threats against them. This also seems true to an extent. Venezuela is providing Cuba with 53,000 barrels (8,000 m³) of below-market-rate oil a day in exchange for the service of hundreds of physicians, teachers, and other professionals. Labour like the rest of Venusuelan society under Chavez is describe appropriately as a state of civil war. The left, as you can gather, is boisterously happy over this turn of events. What the left hears clearly - and the only part they seemed capable of believing about Cuba - is Fidel’s remarks. His latest was about a hit-squad of assassins out to get Castro clone “Mini-Me” Chavez. This plot, too, has been mentioned often and prominently in Vive le Canada and other political blogs. Besides 65 year old Penalver and 73 year old Armas, Castro named 60 year old Ernesto Diaz, 60 year old Angel de Fana, and 75 year old Jose Pujals Mederos as co-conspirators. But whatever the age of the conspirators the left listened to their friend Fidel. And they believe whatever he says with the exuberance that goes with cult membership. Mafqud means disappeared in Arabic. According to most organizations that try and keep records Iraq had the highest mafqud per-capita in the world under Saddam. Many Human Rights organizations, such as Amnesty International, or Human Rights Watch, or even the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, wrote convincingly on the lack of human rights in Iraq. Some Human Rights organizations sought to prosecute the Iraqi leadership for crimes against humanity, war crimes, and even genocide. No one except Bush and Blair and a hand full of their allies did this or anything else that would stop it for a single day. In the spring of 2003 Cuba was re-elected to the U.N. Human Rights Commission, only three weeks after rounding up dozens of dissidents and sending them to the Cuban Gulag. The world had again disappeared thousands of Cubans who needed our help in the most humiliating way, just like we disappeared thousands Iraqis when they came begging for their lives, and we gave them a scandalous aid package called Oil for Food, a program that would make many of our leaders rich. Stephen Lewis the ex-NDP leader call AIDS “mass murder by complacency." What would Stephen Lewis call our cozy relationship with a brutal bunch of bullies enslaving millions of people? Mass murder by diplomacy?

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  1. by avatar Milton
    Tue Apr 05, 2005 10:48 pm
    George Bush hasn't discovered the cure for cancer. So no need to write reviews about how we would react if he did. As for the rest of your article, Bush and co. are by far the worst catastrophe visited on the human race. The two time internationally convicted war criminal has his minions defend him by attacking others who oppose him. It's business as usual for you corporate apologists.

  2. by avatar Spud
    Wed Apr 06, 2005 5:07 am
    Well,can you explain Chile?How about Iran?Hey what about Iraq.Rememberrrrrr!Then there is Argentina,Haiti,and Batista in Cuba,he was the guy before Castro.Oh you forgot.Well there is Panama,and El Savador,Columbia,Guatamala,Nicaurgua..................

  3. Wed Apr 06, 2005 6:47 am
    Mr. Tiller,

    I think many citizens of the world including myself are feeling bullied and enslaved. It's subjective who you decide to support as a like-minded friend and who you would consider a bully.

    I just don't think you will ever be able to convince me that the US or any government for that matter that has bombed their way into another nation have done so with those peoples best interests at heart. Never. There will always be some economic benefit for them to do that. If the locals happen to receive some benefit from that in the long run it will be astonishing and purley accidental. (pun intended)

    As far as Chavez in concerned, have you seen the documentrary "Chavez: inside the coup"? The people of Venezuela love this man as their leader. I would like to be able to love the PM of Canada that much and know that my PM loved Canada as much as I do. I would like the PM of Canada to do the right thing for Canada and not for some economic and political agenda that includes horrible foreign policies that create an atmosphere of hate towards us and threathens our security.

    The only reason the USA and Canada's noses are in anybody else's business is PRECISELY BECAUSE OF BUSINESS!

    "And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music." Friedrich Nietzsche

  4. by avatar Milton
    Wed Apr 06, 2005 11:34 am
    Good reply 4Canada.

  5. Wed Apr 06, 2005 1:51 pm
    Nice try Mr. Tiller, but the haters you address here will not listen (let alone hear), nor attempt to think. The water in their hose only runs one way, and at full force. And the valve is permanently stuck. Your research/writing abilities could be put to much better use elsewhere. A place where you might find an audience of open-minded, un-biased, non-vengeful, people with hearts, souls, minds, and a conscience. Addressing Vive Le Vindictiveness and it's "board", of a half dozen haters, of which approximately only three (we all know who) "regulate", "censor", or "moderate" the site into submission is a waste of your valuable time. You have a gift for discovering truth, and then presenting it in an insightful, unoffensive manner to others, Mr. Tiller. This "forum" is a waste of your talent. It does not matter what you have to say. This is a "zombified" group, not "for Canada", but against everyone and everything else which does not hate the way they do. Useless negativity. The world out there (beyond this "cave") could really use your talent. Thanks for caring about us here in Canada and making an honest effort anyway, no matter HOW much in vain. You're a good man, "Charlie Brown"!

  6. by avatar Spud
    Wed Apr 06, 2005 2:05 pm
    Perhaps "you"need to find a home.
    Vive is a great site!
    If not,why are "you" here?

  7. Wed Apr 06, 2005 3:38 pm
    Rather ironic that this troll acuses me of being an uninformed hater, when it was me who edited and approved this story in the first place. All this troll tends to post is hate. Hate for Canada, because we are all left wing dope smoking hippies. Hate for his fellow Canadians. I even had to add 'duh' as a banned word, because this troll really liked the word as the second syllable in Canada. You remember 'Canada forever, Comrades!'

    This particular Anon has already stated they will leave. Over a month ago, identifying themselves as "canon". I'm still waiting for the 'going away' party.

    Go away already.

    "If you must kill a man, it costs you nothing to be polite about it." Winston Churchill

  8. Wed Apr 06, 2005 4:57 pm
    Well gee whiz, there goes Batista again...let's see, how long was he in power? About 1/5 of the time that Castro has reigned?

  9. by avatar Spud
    Wed Apr 06, 2005 7:47 pm
    Just someone without a life.

  10. Thu Apr 07, 2005 6:37 am
    The people of Venezuala hate Chavez. Hence the huge anti-Chavez protests in Venezuala last year. Of course... completely unreported among the press. <br><br> Chavez has <b> cut back </b> on social programs past the breaking point and he is runnning the economy into the ground. Some leftist. <br><br> Stop listening to the propaganda: Chavez is a military dictator, plain and simple. The "election" that he came to power in was a complete joke. Now he's shut down all the media stations that oppossed him and has direct oversight over everything the state run stations publish/air. That's totalitarianism, and the economic model he's proposed when matched with that boundless ruthlessness is only one thing: FASCISM. I don't just mean the word thrown around at protest rallies, I mean actual, by the book, FASCISM. Just like Hitler and Mussolini. <br><br> But it's all good because he claims he's a liberal democrat and all these saps take him at his word.

  11. Fri Apr 08, 2005 4:42 pm
    Great article and so on target. People can invent the way things are to make themselves feel good in their limited use of their brain but black is black and white is white. Mandela is hailed as a great freedom fighter, and he then comes out crediting Castro as a great leader. What a dope this Nelson Duhdela, and yet a ton of idiots will come out to defend him and Castro and never ask about the oppression being committed against the Cuban people, white and black. Castro executes three young black Cubans for trying to flee Cuba in a stolen boat and for holding hostages. Their secreat trial is conducted in one day and the sentence is carried out soon after. The outcry heard afterwards is supporting Castro's rights to adminster punishment to the criminals of his country. Of course at the self reporting of the hazing committed at prison Abu in Iraq, the United States is condemed as being the same or worst as Saddam. Funny world we live in but those of us who love freedom will continue on in spite of the dead weight hanging around, making whatever noise they can in favor of devils like Fidel.
    Frank L

  12. by avatar Spud
    Fri Apr 08, 2005 7:48 pm
    Yes the world is a mess,and society keeps dumbing down,which makes things worse,and then nobody seems to figure out why everything is in such a mess.Whew.

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