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Louisiana Governor Swoons Over Castro

Monday, 14 March 2005 12:00 AM

I refer to all the moralizing and humbug by U.S. political and business hucksters when they visit Cuba. Take Louisiana's own Democratic governor, Kathleen Blanco, on her visit to Castroland last week. If the woman had simply told us: "Look, Cuban-Americans, there ain't enough of you voting in Louisiana to make any difference to me. Worse, all you Cubans are Republicans and didn't vote for me or contribute to my campaign anyway. I owe you people nothing." How refreshing it might have been!

But no. She insists on warbling about the "strictly business" aspects of the visit and how this "builds bridges with the Cuban people," and how this "positions Louisiana for dealing with Cuba after the transition," etc., etc. The best came when she rationalized her luncheon with the mass murderer himself. She did it, said her spokesperson, "out of respect for the Cuban president."

Mrs. Blanco, I realize you're very busy with state business, but in case you haven't heard: There have been no "presidential" elections in Cuba for the past 46 years, ma'am. And, by the way, how did "President" Castro earn this respect from the governor of a state in the U.S.? Was it by:

So, PLEASE stop insulting our intelligence, Mrs Blanco. And regarding that "business positioning" for your constituents: What you've actually done is shot Louisiana in the foot – and with a .44 magnum.

As usual, to read the mainstream media, Governor Blanco and her trade delegation come across as "enlightened" and "forward-looking" and simply "facing facts." Her opponents, as usual, come across as that "crackpot" Cuban-American bunch again, those ignorant "hot-heads," oblivious to facts, hopelessly mired in their archaic bitterness and hellbent on throwing monkey wrenches into even the most reasonable approaches to Cuba.

Fine. But if you'll indulge this" ignorant crackpot" for a second, I'll present a few facts. Indeed I'll present evidence as revealed by recent historical examples.

When the Iron Curtain fell, people like Vaclav Haval and Lech Walesa (these were dissidents in Czechoslovakia and Poland, Mrs. Blanco ... those are nations in Eastern Europe, Mrs. Blanco) had a say in the post-communist governments. Came time to transact major business with the West and whaddaya know! For some odd reason, these brave men, just getting out of jail, were not favorably inclined toward the companies that had done business with their jailers, who they saw as accomplices in their oppression ... comprende, Mrs. Blanco?

Then there's the minor matter of getting paid by Castro, who has stiffed every creditor from the Soviet Union to the European Union to Japan to China to South Africa to the Philippines, hence his eagerness for U.S. business nowadays. We're the only ones left.

As you may have noticed, President Bush is not overly fond of totalitarian dictators. There's reason to believe he might start enforcing the law regarding Cuba. You see, Castro owes U.S. citizens BILLIONS of dollars: $9 billion (in current dollars) from the businesses and properties he STOLE in 1960. He owes millions more from judgments on wrongful death suits filed by U.S. citizens whose fathers, husbands, etc., were tortured by your charming luncheon host's goons and murdered by his firing squads.

By the way, I'm certain these families, one named Anderson, another Fuller (note, most aren't "crackpot" Cuban exiles), aren't thrilled over your "respect" for Castro's wishes in joining him for a jovial lunch.

By a strict enforcement of current law, these robbed businessmen and grieving families could well find themselves first in line for any Castro/Cuban funds sent to the U.S. (by which I mean those sent to your constituents' bank accounts). Perhaps your "enlightened" and "forward-looking" advisers neglected to mention this? If so, please accept it from a Cuban-exile "crackpot."

Mark my words, Governor Blanco: Should you and your business chums visit Cuba after its liberation, you will be calling on people who spent much time in jail, house arrest or exile. "Ah, yes, of course! Mrs. Blanco!" they'll greet you with rigid smiles, looking much like those Oscar nominees when they lose and the camera zeroes in on them. "So nice to finally meet the nice lady we saw toasting the tyrant who sent my dad (brother, son, cousin, uncle) to the firing squad! So nice to see the nice lady we saw smiling and lunching and lavishing business on my mother and aunt's jailer and torturer! Now, if you'll just have a seat in the reception area, perhaps we'll find time to see you – perhaps around the time hell freezes over!"

By then the charming and invaluable "business" contacts made in Cuba by Louisiana's trade delegation will find their influence greatly diminished, their staffs reduced and their offices much, much smaller. Chances are, when Louisiana's trade delegation returns to Cuba to crank up the business relationship after the "transition," their Cuban contacts will find themselves in different, and somewhat awkward, positions.

If you've seen pictures of Benito Mussolini on April 28, 1945, and Nicolae Ceausescu on December 25, 1989, you'll understand the positions I have in mind.

Humberto Fontova is the author of "Fidel: Hollywood's Favorite Tyrant," a Conservative Book Club "Book Of The Month" for April. Humberto will be on "The O'Reilly Factor" March 22 discussing his book with Bill. Don't miss it.

You may reach Mr Fontova at hfontova@earthlink.net


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