"No government of the left has done as much for the poor as capitalism has. Even when it comes to the redistribution of income, the left talks the talk but the free market walks the walk. What do the poor most need? They need to stop being poor. And how can that be done, on a mass scale, except by an economy that creates vastly more wealth? Yet the political left has long had a remarkable lack of interest in how wealth is created. As far as they are concerned, wealth exists somehow and the only interesting question is how to redistribute it." ~ Thomas Sowell
The Evil Fidel Castro
There are some things I cannot comprehend. I can barely understand sky-diving, but do understand it enough so I might even do it myself someday. I'm sure I'd be screaming all the way down, though. However, I cannot understand scuba diving. There're monsters in the ocean, ones that to me are something out of an H.P. Lovecraft story. Remember "Jaws"? About as far as I've ever gone into the ocean is ankle-deep.
I know a guy who scuba dived in caves. I know of others, like writer Humberto Fontova (his site HERE) who dived off of the oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico , down 200 feet (way past the safe limit) to spearhunt fish. He didn't do it occasionally. He did it lots. He even wrote a book about it, The Helldivers' Rodeo.
Now, Humberto, who was born in Cuba and lived there until he was six, has written another book, Fidel, Hollywood's Favorite Tyrant, about the horrors of Cuba under the evil Fidel Castro.
There are some choice bits from his book:
Castro tried to get Nikita Khrushchev to nuke several southern cities in the US in the early 1960's, including New Orleans and probably Baton Rouge .
He incarcerates more people as a percentage of population than Hitler or Stalin did.
He murdered 17,000 Cubans and (several dozen U.S. citizens) with firing squads and dumped their bullet-riddled bodies in mass graves.
He has impoverished and brutalized Cuba to the point where 20 percent of its population risked their lives to flee. And prior to his glorious reign, Cuba took in more immigrants per capita than any country in the Western Hemisphere . More Americans lived in Cuba than Cubans in the U.S. , and Cuba even had to turn away European immigrants.
Castro sent his agents to torture to death American POWs in North Vietnam 's Cu Loc POW camp outside Hanoi in 1967.
The list goes on and on, as it always does with tyrants. All of whom, I'll add, always call themselves benefactors.
And this is a man cheered on by leftists everywhere, especially the nitwits in Hollywood ?
Here's some more Choice Bits.
"Filmmaker Steven Spielberg visited Cuba and met with Castro in November and dined with the dictator until the early morning hours. Spielberg announced that his dinner with Castro 'was the eight most important hours of my life.'
"Actor Jack Nicholson told Daily Variety, following his three-hour 1998 meeting in Cuba that, 'He [Castro] is a genius. We spoke about everything.'
"Model Naomi Campbell declared that Castro was 'a source of inspiration to the world.'
"'I'm so nervous and flustered because I can't believe I have met him. He said that seeing us in person was very spiritual,' Campbell recounted of her 1999 visit to Cuba with fellow model Kate Moss, according to the Toronto Star."
Norman Mailer, who probably didn't grow up until he was 80 years old, once, in the '70s, compared Castro to an erect penis. More recently, the nutcase Michael Moore, writing of Eli'n Gonz'lez, said his mother didn't die trying to get him to the US to save him from an awful life in Cuba, but instead did it "to make more money."
Other celebrities who have praised Castro include Robert Redford, Spike Lee, Sidney Pollack, Oliver Stone, Woody Harrelson, Danny Glover, Ed Asner, Shirley MacLaine, Alanis Morissette, Leonardo DiCaprio, Harry Belafonte and Kevin Costner.
What's wrong with these people? Paul Hollander, in his classic Political Pilgrims: Western Intellectuals in Search of the Good Society, claims these people are anti-American utopians who blame everything on capitalism (as if they know what it really is). They seek in Communism and its variants a replacement for their loss of faith in traditional religion. They seek, he writes, "a quest for meaning, purpose, and sense of community."
These people want perfection, which doesn't exist in this world. (And obviously, they've found tons of money doesn't fill spiritual voids.) When Man gives up God, he'll seek to be God. The attempt to create a Heaven on earth will always create a Hell. The 20th Century, with its 177 million to 200 million dead at the hands of the State, is the clearest example of that.
This praising of leftist horrors has been going on for decades; people from George Bernard Shaw to Jean-Paul Sartre to Susan Sontag have been cheerleaders for every genocidal leftist delusion that ever existed. One reviewer at Amazon of Hollander's book correctly referred to these people as "Take me by the hand and let's go strolling in wonderland."
Sooner or later (soon, if we're lucky), Castro will kick the bucket. Cuba will return to what it used to be. I've had friends who've visited it, and know it has great potential, although they told me they place is so poor right now that anyone who visits should take soap, toothbrushes, perfume and other things to which we pay no attention here, because, when given to Cubans, will make them your friends for life.
Someday, I might even retire there. Let's give it another 10 to 20 years. The Great Horror will be over by then, and Castro will have gone to a place much warmer than even Cuba .
I still won't go into the ocean down there, though.