I’m no great sports fan. I’d never heard of Ozzie Guillen until today, and frankly, it doesn’t bother me if I never hear of him again. I understand he has a passion for bullfighting. Those who take pleasure from cruelty to animals deserve no respect from me.
Yet today, I found myself sympathizing with Ozzie Guillen. He’s been punished for speaking his mind. Here, in the America that boasts constantly of its freedoms, Ozzie Guillen has been punished for daring to say he admires Fidel Castro.
Why are Americans not roaring their disapproval and demanding his reinstatement? He wasn’t being racist. He wasn’t suppressing a minority. He merely said he admired Fidel Castro. As a result, he’s been suspended for five games.
Oh, did I forget to clarify? Ozzie Guillen is the new manager of the Miami Marlins. I believe they’re a baseball team in…guess where?
Florida – yet again! It all happens in Florida. I’m tired of writing about the place.
Apparently, in Florida, you have the legal right to shoot unarmed boys on their way home from the candy store, but you mustn’t announce publicly your admiration for a socialist dictator.
Florida is full of Cuban people who fled the regime of Fidel Castro. America welcomed them with open arms because America hates Castro. They’ve tried to assassinate him on numerous occasions. In America it’s okay to assassinate people the government doesn’t like. These days they’re murdering folks in the mountains of Pakistan by remote control .
In 1959, Castro toppled the previous dictator of Cuba, Fulgencio Batista
Batista was America’s boy. He loved capitalism. He aligned himself with all the wealthy sugar plantation owners on the island, while keeping the rest of the populace in near slavery. America helped him by supplying the weapons for his secret police to commit gross acts of violence, torture, and public executions. In total, America’s boy was responsible for the deaths of around 20,000 Cubans.
Why was America so keen on Fulgencio Batista? Here’s what John F Kennedy had to say on the subject:
At the beginning of 1959 United States companies owned about 40 percent of the Cuban sugar lands—almost all the cattle ranches—90 percent of the mines and mineral concessions—80 percent of the utilities—practically all the oil industry—and supplied two-thirds of Cuba’s imports.”
And Kennedy didn’t stop there:
“Fulgencio Batista murdered 20,000 Cubans in seven years … and he turned Democratic Cuba into a complete police state – destroying every individual liberty. Yet our aid to his regime, and the ineptness of our policies, enabled Batista to invoke the name of the United States in support of his reign of terror. Administration spokesmen publicly praised Batista – hailed him as a staunch ally and a good friend – at a time when Batista was murdering thousands, destroying the last vestiges of freedom, and stealing hundreds of millions of dollars from the Cuban people, and we failed to press for free elections.”
Despite these remarks, John F Kennedy still did his level best to have Castro assassinated. The notorious Bay of Pigs affair was probably his greatest blunder.
It was to topple Batista’s evil, US-backed, regime that Fidel Castro returned to Cuba from exile in 1956. It took three years, but eventually Batista was forced to flee the island and Castro took over control.
He nationalized the industries and threw out the US corporations. In retaliation, the US began an economic embargo of the island, which began in 1960 and continues to this day, devastating the Cuban economy and forcing many into poverty.
While it could be argued that Castro’s regime was far from perfect – tales of torture, executions, and political prisoners kept in appalling conditions, abound – there is no doubt that the American government has taken every opportunity to blacken Castro’s name.
During Eisenhower’s presidency the CIA even joined forces with the Mafia in an attempt to assassinate him. When a superpower stoops that low it should ring warning bells right around the globe.
So, today, I join with Ozzie Guillen in stating my admiration for Fidel Castro. He’s stood against the corrupt and arrogant superpower of the United States for over sixty years, and they haven’t got him yet.
Now that’s some achievement.