Some e-mails that have come into my in-box about this column:
I am a Spanish-speaking Canadian; I have been to Cuba thirteen times, and I know from personal observation that almost 100% of what you have written about that country is a pack of lies.
I am aware of your dilemma. Your can’t compose a balanced article about Cuba, which would include information about medical care, universal free education, the successful containment of AIDS, etc. because the hysterical rag for which you are writing would never publish it.
Your recent article mentions torture. There is plenty of torture in Cuba, at a place called Guantanamo Bay. I am sure that you have heard about it. Castro has stated that his government has never resorted to such procedures and I believe him. I have never known him to tell a lie in the forty years that I have followed his pronouncements. If I had to choose betwen believing Castro and believing Bush, the decision would be extremely simple. All American presidents since the second world war, with the possible exception of Jimmy Carter, have been caught out in telling flagrant falsehoods.
To call your writings “journalistic prostitution” would be in very doubtful taste, but I must confess that it is a phrase which comes to mind.
**I AM AMAZED OF HOW CUBAN RIGHTWING EXTREMISTS i.e. RADICALS
( GUSANOS & GUSANAS ) LIKE KATHRYN LOPEZ , COLUMNIST FOR THE
NATIONAL REVIEW, ABUSE OUR U.S. NEWS MEDIAS TO CHANNEL OUT
THEIR LIES, DECEIT AND HATRED FOR CUBAN PRSIDENT FIDEL CASTRO.
**IT IS ALSO EXTREMELY IRONIC THAT THESE RIGHTWING LUNATICS WHO
FEEL SO STRONG ABOUT TOPPLING FIDEL FROM POWER, THAT FOR
THE LAST 46 YEARS ALL THEY DO IS ACT LIKE CRYBABIES & WHINE,
BELLYACHE……AND WHINE, BELLYACHE SO MORE.
**THE BIG QUESTON IS: DON’T ANY OF THESE SO-CALLED CUBAN EXILES &
“FIDEL HATERS / BASHERS” HAVE THE GUTS TO GO BACK TO THE ISLAND’S
SIERRA MAESTRA ( WHERE FIDEL INITIATED HIS GUERRILLA WAR IN 1957
THAT TOPPLED THE U.S.-PUPPET MASS-MURDERER MAFIOSO & DICTATOR
FULGENCIO BATISTA ) AND INIATE A COUNTER-REVOLUTION ?????
**ARE THESE COWARDS SO-CALLED CUBAN EXILES WAITING FOR MY SONS
TO GO FIGHT THEIR WAR, LIKE THOSE IRAQIS RESIDING IN THE U.S., MAKING
A LOT OF MONEY AND WHO ARDENTLY SUPPORT BUSH & HIS BLOODY WAR,
BUT DON’T SEND THEIR COWARD SONS AND DAUGHTERS BACK TO IRAQ
TO FIGHT THEIR WAR THAT HAS KILLED OVER 1.600 OF OUR KIDS ?????
…**ANOTHER BIG QUESTION IS: PEOPLE LIKE LOPEZ CLAIM THAT CUBANS
IN THE ISLAND ARE EXTREMELY REPRESSED BY THE GOVERNMENT. SO WHY
IS IT THAT THE “REAL” CUBANS – THE ONES IN THE ISLAND – HAVE NOT TRIED
TO INIATE A COUP D’ETAT AGAINST FIDEL FOR THE LAST 46 YEARS?
**I’LL ANSWER MY OWN QUESTION….BECAUSE THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE
FOLKS IN THE ISLAND OF 11.5 MILLION, LOVE AND RESPECT THEIR
COMANDANTE EN JEFE FIDEL CASTRO. THIS I WITNESSED FIRST HAND IN MY TRIPS TO CUBA AS A FORMER “COMBAT & POLITICAL PHOTOGRAPHER”
You need to do alittle research before you start running off at the mouth about Che. I have to date, never found a more honest man who has dedicated his life to destroying people that prey on the weak and less fortunate. I’ve lived my life in much the same way, a very long story, someone like you would never understand. So, I won’t waste my time.
Speaking of despot’s, America’s despot to be exact, Fulgencio Batista, whose thugs Che executed, just like I would have if I was in his position. Other American backed despot’s like Somoza and Mobutu, murdered and tortured many innocent people to stay in power. Don’t believe all the U.S. propaganda you hear about individuals the American government wants to do away with, usually for financial reason’s. Like Colin Powell said, we have to demonize someone to get the (stupid, gullible) American people to follow us. You fall into that category. Have a nice day.
Thank you for your column about Fidel Castro. You made him look like an angel next to our president Bush.
There was actually one other particularly penetrating one I noticed, but I’d have to *** every word to make it presentable for a family website.