April 13, 2003

Castro's Journalistic Show ...

Castro's Journalistic Show Trials: I am horrified and saddened to discover that independent Cuban journalist Nestor Baguer has testified in Castro's show trials that he was really a Castroite double agent named "Octavio," and that he said the following about lifelong comrades:

"They are not journalists," Baguer said of Cuba's independent press. "They are information terrorists."
The wire services are reporting this as a straightforward revelation, but as someone who spent a few wonderful hours in Baguer's presence, I doubt it seriously. He's ancient -- probably in his 80s now, despite press reports -- and was absolutely starving for pain medication five years ago. The man I met would never use the phrase "information terrorist" (which, if you think about it, couldn't have fit more snugly into Castro's feeble attempt to equate independent journalism with "terrorism"). He was a true newspaper junkie, with a father & maybe even grandfather who had owned newspapers before him, and he was a clear-eyed critic of the regime. I'll look into this further, and I suppose it's possible I was fooled, but my heart and gut feel sick that this poor, dignified old man has been abused by that murderous prick of a barbudo to legitimize his atrocious show-trial campaign against independent thought and dissent.

Tonight I had dinner with a pal who interviewed Radovan Karadzic back in 1992, before the Bosnian slaughter reached epic proportions. "I could have grabbed his gun and shot him right there," he said. "Sometimes I wonder if I should have." Do you think such a thought might cross the mind of Yoko Ono and her pals, as they spend a hilarious eight-hour session yukking it up with El Jefe?

Posted by at April 13, 2003 01:17 AM
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What is it about people who worship that bastard? I read and reviewed Martin Amis's "Koba the Dread," and I still don't get it. Such breathtaking cluelessness.

Posted by: Michael J. Totten at April 13, 2003 01:31 AM

The only logical conclusion is that they are also evil. They may seem normal, rational, intelligent, but so does Castro, I am sure, one on one. In reality they have no moral sense whatever and have forfeited any consideration. If this were not so, you would know. It is not "cluelessness", it is malice.

Posted by: Robert Speirs at April 13, 2003 04:54 PM

Here's a working link for that "information terrorists" quote: http://www.cubanet.org/CNews/y03/apr03/10e2.htm

Posted by: Michael at April 13, 2003 06:36 PM

I was thinking the same thing during Dan Rather's interview with Saddam-- just think of the lives he could have saved if he had taken out his Mont Blanc and suddenly jabbed it into Saddam's eye.

Then there's Brendan Gill saying that he always held it against the Yale Glee Club that they didn't kill Hitler when they performed for him in 1936 or sometime. Not to mention Annie Oakley having Kaiser Wilhelm volunteer to be the foil in her shooting act during a European tour. If our celebrities had real guts, history would have been different in a lot of ways.

Posted by: Mike G at April 13, 2003 08:49 PM

Maybe we've still got an exploding cigar or some poisoned cold cream laying around here somewhere.

Posted by: Lonewacko at April 13, 2003 10:39 PM
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ous eight-hour session yukking it up with El Jefe?

Posted by at April 13, 2003 01:17 AM
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What is it about people who worship that bastard? I read and reviewed Martin Amis's "Koba the Dread," and I still don't get it. Such breathtaking cluelessness.

Posted by: Michael J. Totten at April 13, 2003 01:31 AM

The only logical conclusion is that they are also evil. They may seem normal, rational, intelligent, but so does Castro, I am sure, one on one. In reality they have no moral sense whatever and have forfeited any consideration. If this were not so, you would know. It is not "cluelessness", it is malice.

Posted by: Robert Speirs at April 13, 2003 04:54 PM

Here's a working link for that "information terrorists" quote: http://www.cubanet.org/CNews/y03/apr03/10e2.htm

Posted by: Michael at April 13, 2003 06:36 PM

I was thinking the same thing during Dan Rather's interview with Saddam-- just think of the lives he could have saved if he had taken out his Mont Blanc and suddenly jabbed it into Saddam's eye.

Then there's Brendan Gill saying that he always held it against the Yale Glee Club that they didn't kill Hitler when they performed for him in 1936 or sometime. Not to mention Annie Oakley having Kaiser Wilhelm volunteer to be the foil in her shooting act during a European tour. If our celebrities had real guts, history would have been different in a lot of ways.

Posted by: Mike G at April 13, 2003 08:49 PM

Maybe we've still got an exploding cigar or some poisoned cold cream laying around here somewhere.

Posted by: Lonewacko at April 13, 2003 10:39 PM
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