- The Washington Times - Saturday, June 2, 2007

A major Jan. 27, 2007, editorial in The Washington Post, which is normally oblivious to leftist threats to U.S. national security, was titled “Venezuela’s satellites.” It correctly painted a dangerous picture of the rabid anti-Americanism that has spread in recent years from communist Cuba to three neo-Socialist regimes in South and Central America.

With Castro’s Cuba still serving as their ideological base but with Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela now serving as the Big Oil financier of this fascist-left foursome, The Post’s editorial might better have been titled “Cubazuela’s empire” comprised of the Cuban motherland and the copy-cat (and newly renamed) client states of Hugo Chavez’s “Cubazuela,” Daniel Ortega’s “Cubaragua” and Evo Morales’ “Cubalivia.”

Even in normal times, this would be worrisome. But far worse during a Global War on Terrorism is that all these Castroite regimes have brotherly “Death to America” relationships with the murderous likes of Iran, Syria, North Korea, al Qaeda, Hezbollah and every other anti-Western entity on the planet. Add to this dark cloud the large weapons purchases from both Russia and China, too.

As “President For Life” Fidel Castro prepares to exit the scene after almost 50 years of single-party tyranny, he leaves a 70-percent black Cuban dystopia of egalitarian poverty and silent suffering except, of course, for his and half-brother Raul’s communist nomenclatura (party bigwigs) whose all-white governing junta is still the Soviet-era Politburo.

And as Fidel’s “People’s Paradise” baton is passed to Comrade Chavez, Horrible Hugo’s own “Socialism or Death” and “President for Life” and “Death to America” and “Bush is the Devil” rantings set the scene for his people to suffer exactly the same torments a half-century of fascist-left Fidelism brought to Cubans.

The Cuba-Chile comparison: The extent of this socioeconomic and civil liberties tragedy for the Cuban people since 1960 can best be understood by a detailed comparison of what happened in Cuba and in Chile during almost five decades.

From a roughly equal standing in most relevant factors (gross national product, personal income, housing, retirement security, property ownership, capital investment, human rights, manufacturing, agriculture, trade and commerce, etc.) a free-enterprise and quasi-welfare-state Chile has achieved 3 or 4 times the socioeconomic well-being of a “socialism or death” Cuba.

Those naive souls who excuse this half-century of brutality and deprivation by citing Cuba’s grass-roots literacy program and broad-based (but largely rudimentary) health services should be forced to admit that two of Nazi Germany’s major prewar energizers involved the lockstep efficient education of Hitler Youth and the physical fitness of the entire German population all the better to serve the anticipated “Thousand Year Reich,” of course.

As Dr. Enrique Canton and Dr. Sergio de Paz of the Florida-based Commission of Studies for the Freedom of Cuba have observed: “Education and health are used in the island-prison as implacable instruments of ideological, mental and psychological control of the unfortunate citizens.”

These same deadly comparisons will in due course apply to a socialist and increasingly “communoid” (communist-like) Cubazuela, as well though the deterioration will be masked and somewhat delayed by that former democracy’s enormous “nationalized” income from oil exports.

Finally, there is an easy way to confirm both the accuracy and the street-corner viability of the new “Cubazuela” label for this rapidly disappearing Latino democracy even now ruled almost entirely (and “legally” so, according to a unanimous vote of the lap-dog Congress) by presidential fiat, which is nothing but a euphemism for dictatorship.

Simply take time to Google-search the new label and observe how persuasively and how widely it is already spreading in both English-language and Latino commentary.

Jim Guirard is contributing editor to FamilySecurityMatters.org and was longtime chief of staff to former Sens. Allen Ellender and Russell Long. His new True-Speak Institute is devoted to truth-in-language and truth-in-history in public discourse.

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