Sep 18/05 - On the welcoming nature of New Yorkers: Do you remember " Fidel, may I please have your autograph?"
in the Big Apple, and millions of enemies among his own people.
PMBComment: below you will find a random excerpt from a totally random Op-Ed about Fidel Castro’s 1995 visit to NY on the occasion of the UN’s 50th Anniversary. This one popped up when I googled “Fidel Castro hosted
As an additional factoid on that occasion, Castro was hosted by David Rockefeller to a celebrity studded dinner at his
On that same trip, Morton Zuckerman, Editor of US News and World Report, hosted an even better attended and, some say, more jovial dinner for Castro in his impressive
Just a few weeks ago, Chavez - in one of his TV marathons - regretted having dressed up once to attend dinner with the likes of Henry K in NY. Maybe due to this unfriendly remark Chávez got somewhat of a cold shoulder from the top political voyeurs. For now (por ahora!), he had to settle for Jesse Jackson and Congressman Serrano. Maybe in a few years, when he has browbeaten and jailed a lot more people, the truly powerful in NY will pay attention to him again and rush to invite him over for drinks and dinner. PMB
Note: for the Marxist version of Castros’ 1995 visit to NY you can go to http://www.pww.org/archives95/95-10-28-2.html . Any resemblance to the current coverage of Chavez’s visit is clearly just intentional.
LIBERTAD Act, Not U.S. Subsides, Will End Castro Dictatorship
[Excerpt from article published on February 6, 1996]
When Fidel Castro attended the United Nations 50th anniversary festivities last October, he was welcomed to the
Dan Rather and Bernard Shaw conducted major interviews with Castro on CBS and CNN respectively, lending him an undue air of credibility as a senior statesman. Shaw's October 22 interview typified the media's fawning treatment, given free rein to propagate rationalizations for and lies about his autocratic rule. Castro told a national audience:
"Actually, according to our way of thinking, we believe that the multi-party system is not what is more convenient for our country now, because we cannot divide our country. We cannot fragment our people. We need to keep it united. We cannot divide it in 100 pieces....In Cuba, we do not have the presidentialist system. President Clinton has much more power than I do, and in general, the Latin American presidents are more powerful than I am....I do not have personal ambitions, that I simply discharge my duties, the ones that have been imposed on me."
That same Sunday night, Castro also spoke at the
Castro's welcome and the accompanying calls for a lifting sanctions as a means of promoting Cuba's liberalization reflects acute amnesia about Castro's heinous legacy. Clinging to power over a bankrupt and imprisoned island, the Castro regime remains one of the world's last relics of communism and the only one in the
[end of excerpt]
* Chairman, House Republican Policy Committee