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The Yom Kippur War really got Castro’s marital juices flowing. So, he sent 500 of his commanders to man 500 Soviet T-55 tanks and buttress the Syrian soldiers poised to blitzkrieg into Israel through the Golan Heights. Within a week of its surprise blitzkrieg into Israel, the Syrian regime was scrambling to evacuate from its own capital. An Israeli force, just a tiny fraction of the Syrian/Cuban forces, counterattacked, and blasted Castro’s tanks into a smoldering scrap pile and rolled over them like a speed bump on the way to Damascus.
The following year, Castro personally decorated Yasir Arafat with Cuba’s highest honor, the Bay of Pigs Medal. “Comrade Fidel said that the Palestinian Revolution can count on the full support and aid of the Cuban Revolution,” exulted Arafat. “We are not alone.”
Scholar Walter Laquer summed up the situation in his work, The Age of Terrorism. “Multinational terrorism reached a first climax in the early 1970s. It involved close co-operation between small terrorist groups in many countries with the Libyans, Algerians, Syrians, North Koreans and Cubans acting as the paymasters and suppliers of weapons and equipment.”
And lest we forget, the famous UN resolution branding “zionism as racism” was co-sponsored by Cuba. At the September 2001 United Nations “World Conference against Racism” in Durban, South Africa, Castro denounced Israel’s “ongoing genocide against the Palestinian people.”
In 1974, the Palestinian Liberation Organization opened their first Latin American embassy in none other than Havana, Cuba. President Fidel Castro added a morbid twist to the event: The site for this embassy was a Jewish community center that flourished during the reign of Batista, who never saw fit to lay a finger on anyone’s property. However, President Castro snatched it from its Jewish owners at Soviet gunpoint. The title transfer was whisked through in typical Castroite/Stalinist manner — resist and we shoot you.
During the mid 60s, Castro’s police and military herded tens of thousands of Cuban youths (long-haired rock & rollers, gays and religious people) into forced labor camps at Soviet bayonet point. No pesky trials determined this. Their collective crime was “delinquency.” Che Guevara, the “Brains of The Cuban Revolution” (as Time magazine crowned him in a 1960 cover story) decreed this system of forced labor in 1960 for any and all who proved insufficiently reverential to his revolution’s mandates. “We send to Guanahacabibes, people who have committed crimes against revolutionary norms,” explained Guevara. “It is hard labor. The working conditions are harsh.”
Alas, Che Guevara’s definition of “revolutionary norms” proved pretty sweeping. And the regime co-founded by this icon of freedom commenced to jail political prisoners at a higher rate than Stalin’s regime and murder them at a higher rate than pre-war Hitler’s. Above the barbed wire and just below the machine guns on the watchtowers, these prisoners saw a huge sign as they entered. It read: “Work Will Make Men of You.”
The greeting at Auschwitz’s entrance read, “Work Will Make You Free.”
For some reason, 90 percent of Cuba’s Jews saw fit to flee Castro’s Cuba, costing them most of their earthly belongings. That’s a much, much higher percentage than fled Czarist Russia. But Castro’s pogroms didn’t include racial epithets, you see. Castro’s Russian-armed “interventors” pillaged Cuban Jews’ savings and property—but quite professionally and with nary a bullwhip or racial insult. So, apparently this looting disqualifies as a pogrom.
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