Hollywood's Favorite Tyrants

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    One of the myths of the hard left that won't die is the myths about Castro's revolution. I haven't seen any of it on this particular forum, but on others it's quite common to hear someone lifting up Castro's Cuba as an example of how socialism can work. Besides ignoring the fact that most 3rd world countries they compare Cuba with do not have much economic freedom to begin with, they brush off questions of human rights abuses, as though it were just a few bad apples involved. So, I'd like to present a few choice quotes by Humberto Fontova, author of Hollywood's Favorite Tyrant. All of the following can be found here:

    http://www.discoverthenetwork.org/Leftwingmonsters.asp

    I'd like to think that half of the lefties expressing admiration for Castro's Cuba do it out of ignorance, and/or the mistaken notion of "the enemy (Castro) of my enemy (US federal government) is my friend". No, that's a terrible error in logic, and it makes you look like a hypocrite when you condemn US abuses (which do exist) and brush off abuses in foreign countries. (Then there's the other lefties, the "communism can work" types, who just don't give a shit about government abuses, so long as it is working towards supposed equality. I hold them in about the same regard as skinhead holocaust deniers.)

    Anyway, on with the highlights! I was going to copy/past the human rights abuses, but decided not to. I'd have to quote the whole damn article. Besides, most people have heard of that, but what people don't know is how Castro actually made Cuba economically worse off. Read the article if you want all the gristly details.

     
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    Next up: Che Guevara. You may know him as "that scowling guy on the trendy T-shirts". Let's examine this fierce, noble guerilla warrior.

     
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    More articles by Humberto Fontova.

    http://www.lewrockwell.com/fontova/fontova-arch.html

    It goes on and on. I'll try to find an interview of him I read, which goes into more detail about the economic conditions before/after Castro. Also I'll try to find some articles about their health care system, which is perhaps the most frequently touted advantage of Cuba. It's actually quite good, but there is a catch you never hear: Cuba actually has two heath care systems. The good one is for high-ranking party members and foreigners who pay with cash. It has few regulations, no insurance requirements, no lawsuits presumably, and you simply pay in cash.

    The system for the common masses is of course wretchedly awful, and plagued by filthly conditions and chronic shortages of even the most mundane supplies.

    edit: Ahh, here we go. Google for "cuba health care myths" and so forth.

    http://www.babalublog.com/archives/001470.html
    http://www.therealcuba.com/Page10.htm (warning: many photos that will make you sick)
    http://www.netforcuba.org/InfoCuba-EN/HealthCare/HealthCareSystem.htm
    http://www.canf.org/Issues/medicalapartheid.htm (dual health care systems)
    http://capmag.com/article.asp?ID=2538
     
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    It is just amazing, or should I say shocking, to see the list of people that think Castro is such a great guy. Hollywood seems to beat a path to Castro's door for the chance to speak with that ignoble tyrant.

    Filmmaker Steven Spielberg --- 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."

    Comedian Chevy Chase, said he believes "socialism works" and explained that "Cuba might prove that."

    American media moguls, including the president of CBS TV, the head of MTV and the editor of Vanity Fair, visited Cuba in 2001 and had nothing but praise for the Caribbean Island.

    Other Hollywood celebrities who have visited Cuba and Castro include Robert Redford, Spike Lee, Sidney Pollack, Oliver Stone, Woody Harrelson, Danny Glover, Ed Asner, Shirley MacLaine, Alanis Morissette, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Kevin Costner.

    Can you imagine, if Hollywood of the 1930s acted this way? We would have seen Judy Garland, Clarke Gable, Greta Garbo, Humphrey Bogart and a cast of others beating their way to Berlin to have an audience with "Der Fuhrer". And the heads of major newspapers and radio companies announce that "Hitler is good for Germany", and defend his "liberation" of Austria, parts of Czechoslovakia and others. Perhaps they would have ignored or denounced any news of genocide against the Jews.

    and it gets better.... how about those "Che" T shirts? Few people know who Che Guevara was, let alone know anything about him. It's obvious that the man was a blood thirsty monster, who begged for his life before he was killed by his captors. Wearing a Che T-shirt is like wearing a t-shirt with a picture of Hitler or Al Capone.

    Communists have killed, tortured, enslaved, and oppressed far greater numbers of people than the Nazis ever did. Everyone has heard about the Holocaust, but few have heard about the terrors of the Communist gulags, labor camps and prisons. Is it because the Communists hadn't carried out a campaign of genocidal extermination against their opponents? Is it because the Communists didn't plunge the entire world into a war? Or is the real reason that our educational system, with its left wing domination, has ignored the crimes of Communism and instead focused its attention on the crimes committed by the extreme right?
     
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    I'm curious- did Chevy make this comment from his gated mansion?
     
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    Not sure why this is so hard to believe. Yassir Arafat went from the despised, "Grandaddy" of modern Arab terrorism to a Nobel Peace Prize winning "statesman" in 20-something years.

    Why not Castro?

    The media made both what they were, and remade Arafat and are working on Castro with the aid of the lunatic fringe in Hollyweird who would know the real world if they got kicked out of their mansions into it.
     

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