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Hillary Befriended Cuba's First Lady

Friday, 22 June 2007 12:00 AM

Cuba's "first lady," Vilma Espin, passed away last week.

She was Raul Castro's wife, thus Fidel's sister-in-law. But since Fidel was divorced at the time of his communist coup/swindle in 1959, and later kept his wives, concubines, and groupies sequestered from the public, Vilma Espin, as president of the Federation of Cuban Women, has always served as the Stalinist regime's "first lady."

Serving as such, Ms. Espin was Cuba's delegate to the U.N.'s 4th annual Women's Conference held in Beijing in September 1995, where she hob-knobbed with U.S. delegate Hillary Clinton. The Conference was sporadically televised so the ardor and duration of Ms. Clinton's greeting of Cuban delegate Vilma Espin was caught on film.

Those who saw it recall the salutation as involving more than the perfunctory peck on the cheek customary for new or even casual acquaintances.

Given their similar agenda's for "villages and children" and socialized healthcare, given the Clinton regime's later kow-towing to the Castro regime by lending Castro the services of their crackerjack lawyer and friend, Gregory Craig, given the Clinton regime Shang-haing of Elian Gonzalez — given all this, enquiring minds can only speculate about the origin and inspiration for the Vilma-Hillary smoochfest.

With their Vilma Espin obituaries, the mainstream media has adopted its classic Cuba-commentary form. "A champion of women's rights," gushed the Washington Post last week.

" A prominent advocate of women's rights," mourned The New York Times.

Both The New York Times and The Washington Post have reportedly voluminously on Cuba over the decades. "A humanist," gushed The New York Times about Castro as insurgent in 1957. "A man of many ideals, including those of liberty, democracy, and social justice."

Two years later the humanist was in control, firing squads were piling up hundreds of corpses a week, jails were crammed to suffocation and Cuba swarmed with Soviet KGB and GRU agents. Raul Castro and Nilsa Espin (Vilma Espin's sister) had both been members of the Cuban Communist Party's youth wing and had visited the Soviet bloc in 1953.

Here they linked up with Soviet agents, and in 1959 the links were bearing fruit. Cuba was being quickly and methodically Stalinized behind a thin veneer of democratic-socialist humbug which was ravenously (and predictably) swallowed in huge gulps by every "callant crusader for the truth," as Columbia School of journalism heralds its students and alumnae.

The wily and authoritative New York Times claimed to be privy to everything going on in Cuba at the time and again stepped to the fore, informing it's millions of readers that: "This is not a communist revolution in any sense of the word. In Cuba there are no communists in positions of control."

Not to be outdone, America's, most prestigious journalist/commentator of the day and later Washington Post luminary, Walter Lippman, could barely conceal his scorn for lunatics who claimed Cuba was going communist: "It would be a great mistake," he sneered at these right-wing crackpots, "even to intimate that Castro's Cuba has any real prospect of becoming a Soviet satellite."

Exactly one year earlier, Walter Lippmann's Pulitzer prize had highlighted his: "distinction as a farsighted and incisive analyst of foreign policy."

So given their shinning record in this regard, a bit of prudence —perhaps even some actual journalism — might have been expected on the passing of Cuba's first lady.

This expectation was utterly vain. Transcribing directly from press releases issued by a Stalinist regime's Propaganda Ministry still suffices for those "gallant crusaders for the truth."

"She [Vilma Espin] was credited with improving the status of women in a society known for its history of machismo by articulating the need for a more equal environment between the sexes, " rhapsodized The Washington Post last week. "She gave prominent voice to improvements in maternal and child healthcare policies as well as the need for women to educate themselves."

Somehow this "improvement of status" tripled Cuban women's pre-revolution suicide rate and made Cuban women the most suicidal on earth. This according to a 1998 study by scholar Maida Donate-Armada that uses some of the Cuban regime's own figures.

The Washington Post's trumpeted "improvement of status" also saw 35,150 Cuban women jailed for political crimes, a totalitarian horror utterly unknown — not only in Cuba — but in the Western Hemisphere until the Castro regime.

Prison conditions were described by former political prisoner Maritza Lugo. "The punishment cells measure 3 feet wide by 6 feet long. The toilet consists of an 8 inch hole in the ground through which cockroaches and rats enter, especially in cool temperatures the rat come inside to seek the warmth of our bodies and we were often bitten. The suicide rate among women prisoners was very high."

Thousands upon thousands of Cuban women have drowned, died of thirst or have been eaten alive by sharks attempting to flee the Washington Post's dutifully transcribed "improvement of status."

On Christmas eve of 1961 a Cuban woman named Juana Diaz spat in the face of the executioners who were binding and gagging her. They'd found her guilty of feeding and hiding "bandits" (Cuban rednecks who took up arms to fight the Stalinist theft of their land). When the blast from that Communist firing squad demolished her face and torso, Juana was six months pregnant.

In Aug. 7, 1961, Lydia Perez was eight months pregnant and a Cuban political prisoner. She somehow annoyed a guard who bashed her to the ground, kicked her in the stomach, and walked off. Both Lydia and her baby were left to bleed to death.

In 1962, a Cuban Catholic nun named Aida Rosa Perez was overheard saying things about Fidel Castro and Che Guevara similar to those Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton routinely say about George Bush. Sister Rosa Perez was sentenced to 12 years at hard labor. Two years into her sentence, while toiling in the sun inside Castro's Gulag and surrounded by leering guards, Sister Rosa collapsed from a heart attack.

The Cuban Archive project headed Mrs Maria Werlau and Dr. Amando Lago has fully documented the firing squad executions of 11 Cuban women in the early days of the regime. Another 219 women died from various brutalities and tortures while in prison. The Taliban has nothing on the Castro regime.

"Ms. Espín became an international figure in the struggle for women's rights," hailed The New York Times last week. "She could have been a simple society girl, but her formation, combined with her own emotions and personality, made her a revolutionary leader."

In 1995 Hillary Clinton seemed absolutely delighted to hob-knob with this Stalinist "leader."

Humberto Fontova is the author of the newly-released "Exposing the Real Che Guevara and the Useful Idiots Who idolize Him."


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