Castro — Let’s set this record straight: the US never objected to him because he was a dictator; brutal or otherwise.
I doubt I’ll never cease being amazed at how, by and large, gullible and uninformed Americans are. With Fidel Castro’s passing from the scene, the tabloids, the mainstream media and the talk shows are all a twitter over the history of our past un-relations with Cuba, ostensibly because Castro was a brutal dictator.
Man! Have I got this waterfront property you’ve just got to see. Let me pose a circumstance to you. Let’s say you’ve been hauled in by the authorities. (I don’t care why.) And wires are connected to sensitive parts of your anatomy, and your captors are “ringing you up.” You’re screaming at the excruciating pain. Do you care, do you give the first damn, what the political orientation is, of those brutal tormentors who are rending your mind to oozing mush?
The history of the United States government reports that it makes all the difference in the world. What has never bothered the United States government is the brutality of the dictatorship, only whether those ringing you up, whether those imprisoning its citizens, whether those engaging mass murder and torture are communist. If they’re not, they didn’t and don’t merely get a pass, so very often they got and get help and assistance.
Indeed, on more than one occasion, the US government put them in power! Indeed, on more than one occasion, the US government effected “with extreme prejudice” the removal of a democratically elected leader, to effect the installation of the most execrable bastard; “He might be a bastard, but he’s our bastard.” Just maybe, do you think? one of the reasons “they hate us,” isn’t because they hate our freedoms, but because of a history of our duplicity, of hypocrisy, of mingling in the internal affairs of governments well beyond our shores? Not the only reason, of course; but just maybe one of the reasons. Ya think?
Example: although some love to point to it as a smoking gun, there does not exist a shred of strong evidence that George Bush’s grandfathers, Prescott Bush and George Herbert Walker, collaborated with the Nazi regime, as far into that loathsome government as 1942. What is incontrovertible, however are that the corporate boards they served on — Union Banking Corp, Brown Brothers Harriman, Selesian-American — were kissing-kin close.
What else is beyond question is what, via Mein Kampf, the tome’s author and German leader had in mind. Neither a Jeffersonian or Jacksonian democracy was among the candidates. Brutal to the most inhumane, unimaginable extremes dictatorship was. Until the United States declared war on Germany, a fact that was prompted only as a consequence of Germany’s alliance with Japan, business as usual was, after all, business. And as the mantra waxed, “The business of America is business.”
However our unseemly addiction to foreign dictatorships precedes the 40s, since then it has been virtually constant and terribly vile; like prostitution, pimps and the mob bosses who reign over all, collecting their cut, with neither the pimps nor mob lords giving one damn about the prostitutes — their age, their physical and/or emotional conditions, the morality of it, right or wrong . . . nada a single damn. The only concerns have been: How much money can we make off it, and for how long?