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The Castro Who Stole Christmas

In recent days, I’ve written a post on Mussolini and Christmas trees. And on Jeremy Corbyn and Enver Hoxha. Can you stand one on Corbyn and Christmas? And Castro (Fidel)?

An article from the U.K. begins,

Jeremy Corbyn has been accused of “cancelling Christmas” by refusing to issue a Christmas message.

The Labour leader has decided to break with recent tradition and not issue a message tomorrow on Christmas Eve.

The article notes that “Mr Corbyn’s decision not to send a Christmas message to Britain’s Christians is in stark contrast to when he sent a message to British Muslims to mark the Muslim festival of Eid in September …”

At any rate …

In the mid-1950s, Fidel Castro had an affair with a woman named Naty, who gave birth to a daughter named Alina. (Interesting story.) Naty told Alina who her father was when the girl was ten. (By that time, Castro was dictator.)

Alina later recorded her excitement. She said to Naty, “Mommy, Mommy, call him! Tell him to come here right away! I have so many things I want to tell him!” She sure did. As she would explain, “I wanted him to find a solution to all the shortages: of clothes and things like that; of meat, so it could be distributed again through the ration books. I also wanted to ask him to give our Christmas back.”

Naty had suspended Christmas in her household, in solidarity with the revolution and her líder máximo lover (onetime lover). In 1969, Castro would in fact ban Christmas. He allowed its public observance again in 1998.

Don’t you hate it when politicians go squishy? CINO! Castroite in Name Only. Indeed, Castro in Name Only.

Perhaps needless to say, Alina figures in my book Children of Monsters. I admire her a great deal.

P.S. Chávez did not cancel Christmas. But he did postpone Valentine’s Day.

P.P.S. I would like to ask Jeremy Corbyn: Whom do you admire more? Fidel Castro or Margaret Thatcher? Bonus: Hoxha or Thatcher? Bonus No. 2: Honecker or Thatcher? (Corbyn once trysted with his fellow Labourite Diane Abbott in Honecker’s lovely “GDR.”)

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