Diana Nyad Desecrates 50,000 Graves

nyad-swim-P1Please excuse the families of an estimated 50 thousand freedom-seekers (men, women, children, infants) who died horribly on Diana Nyad’s exact route from joining her celebration this week.

Many Cubans completed the hundred-mile journey on flotation devices most of us wouldn’t board outside a backyard swimming pool.  Many more died horribly in the attempt from dehydration, sunburn, drowning, sharks and machine-gunnings by Diana Nyad’s hosts and facilitators. Diana Nyad describes Castro-regime apparatchik Jose Miguel Diaz Escrich as a “good friend.”  Escrich runs the Castro-regime’s Hemingway Marina from where Nyad started her swim and from where the patrol boats and Soviet helicopters would depart to machine-gun desperate freedom-seekers.

Over twenty-times as many Cubans have died attempting to escape Cuba as Germans died trying to escape East Germany.  And prior to Castroism, Cuba was inundated with more immigrants per capita (primarily from Europe) than was the U.S.

In one day, July 13th 1994, 43 freedom-seeking Cubans drowned, 11 of them children. Carlos Anaya was 3 when he drowned, Yisel Alvarez 4. Helen Martinez was 6 months old.

“For crying out loud, Humberto!” comes the chorus of complaints. “The entire nation’s rejoicing over Diana Nyad’s amazing and inspiring feat!  You’re a buzzkiller with bells on!  Can’t you give politics a rest!  Nyad herself left all politics out of her triumphal swim! Geeesh!”

Not so fast, amigos. “Millions of us worldwide, but especially here in the United States, have been fascinated by the mystique of this ‘forbidden’ island so close to our shores,” wrote Nyad in a Huffington Post column last year. “We are aware of the advanced level of medicine and general education on the island. We have installed proud posters of Che (Guevara) on our college room walls,” she elaborated, and described herself as “someone who grew up with many Cuban friends in South Florida, someone who has now visited Havana some 30 times…” (emphasis added).

Whoops! Let’s stop right there for now. Overlook for a second her Michael Moore-isms regarding Cuba’s “healthcare,” her parroting of the Castro script on this issue. Skip her boastful idolatry of the psychopathic murderer, sadist, coward and doofus Che Guevara, who almost blasted Nyad and her entire family into cinders that would today fit neatly inside her swim cap.

Skip all that for now. Instead note how she boasts of repeatedly of visiting Castro’s totalitarian fiefdom. For the benefit of those who came of political age after the fall of the Iron Curtain, Communist regimes do not issue celebrity visitor visas randomly. “The vetting procedure starts when the regime receives your visa application,” reports Chris Simmons, the Defense Intelligence Agency’s top Cuban spycatcher, now retired. “When you’re smiling Cuban ‘guides’ greet you at the airport they know plenty about you, and from several angles.”

Often they learn much more about you during your stay. “First thing I advised visiting Americans,” an official at the U.S. Interest Section told this writer, “was to check their rooms for bugs—the electronic surveillance type.”

“My job was to bug visiting American’s hotel rooms,” confirms high-ranking Cuban intelligence defector Delfin Fernandez, “with both cameras and listening devices. And famous Americans are the priority objectives of Castro’s intelligence.”

In brief, if you’re not there to help the regime’s image abroad, you’re not getting a visa, at least more than once. And if in the Stalinist regime’s estimation you helped their image insufficiently, well, a little “prodding” might be applied, via blackmail. Upon publishing a book critical of the Castro regime’s snooping on visitors and censorship of foreign journalists, for instance, Spanish reporter Vicente Botin promptly lost his Cuban visa. Yet Diana Nyad went back and forth from Castro’s fiefdom repeatedly.

How easy it might have been for Nyad to mention all the watery graves she swam over. Such a dedication during athletic contests is not unheard of. Take the Berlin Ultra-Marathon. We wanted to organize a 100-mile race partly to commemorate those who lost their lives on the wall and every year we remember a specific victim who was killed trying to cross,” explained the marathon’s organizers.

“[Nyad] said the Cuban authorities would have preferred that she swim toward the island rather than away from it,” disclosed a Miami Herald article during an earlier try in 2010, “as it may be construed as symbolic of the Cubans who flee the island. But she explained she could swim only in one direction because of the strong currents in the Gulf Stream.”

In other words, Nyad fully recognized the symbolism of her swim. She fully recognized that the Stalinist regime was promoting it. Only the direction of the currents prevented her from following the script exactly as delivered by the Stalinist regime. Still, the Stalinist regime should be very proud of her. She kept studiously mum on the issue of the estimated 50,000 un-marked graves she was swimming over.

Should anyone need further proof of Nyad’s usefulness to the Castro regime, here’s the adulatory coverage of her swims by the Castro regime’s KGB-mentored propaganda organ.

An aside: was Charles Lindbergh’s flight across the Atlantic a lesser feat than Nyad’s swim? Many would say it was a greater one. But Lindbergh very briefly dallied with a totalitarian regime (Nazi Germany before the war and before the Holocaust). And Lindbergh volunteered for combat against America’s Axis enemies and flew 50 combat missions in the Pacific when the war came.

No matter. That brief dalliance forever contaminated him in view of the establishment. The title of the PBS special on his life summed it up: “Lindbergh: Fallen Hero.”

But today the establishment focuses exclusively on Nyad’s (genuinely praiseworthy) swim. Her long and warm and public romance with the murderous and war-mongering totalitarian regime that facilitated  her swim and used it for propaganda purposes matters not a wit, except to those dependably contrarian and buzz-killing Cuban-Americans.

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  • Andy_Lewis

    Blow it out yer azz, dumbo.

  • jewdog

    Diana Nyad may know how to swim, but she doesn’t understand freedom. I think she’s what’s known as a dumb jock.

    • 1proactive2

      Ouch! So true.

    • Amy

      Jealous bitch

  • Aizino Smith

    “Escrich runs the Castro-regime’s Hemingway Marina”

    Property ownership in a communist society? I am not in favor of communism. I will concede that communism can work out as has been shown for over 100 years or more in America on a scale of 150 people or less. Provided of course the people are basically morale.in this case good Christian stock.

    Once you have a communist nation shift away from state ownership, then it is nothing but a brutal thug oligarchy even if it was not before. We know this from experience. The cabal that runs the government has to keep up the lie that everything was fair in the past and is fair presently. They want know competitors or auditors.

    Gorbychev’s wife a Sociologists in the good ole USSR studied the class system under the communists in Russia. It existed. Do we not see that it exists in Cuba and Esrich is in one of the top classes?

    Esrich is a very Germanic name. It has the Indo-European name king in it. That is rich is synonymous with ric or rex or raj.

    I am willing to bet that Esrich, although he is mostly Hispanic by DNA, is whiter than your average Cuban and much whiter than those Cubans in prison.

  • tagalog

    Just a note on Lindbergh: Lindbergh, a commissioned officer and U.S. Air Corps-trained qualified military pilot, volunteered among the first to join the air corps and fly in combat against our nation’s enemies after Pearl Harbor. President Franklin D. Roosevelt refused to allow him to serve because of his America First prewar statements.

    Lindbergh went to work for some airplane manufacturer, and during the war he traveled to the Pacific for his employer to advise military pilots on how to preserve fuel on the long flights they had to take in that theater. He flew his combat missions as a civilian. What a waste of talent because the man exercised his First Amendment rights, however repugnant people found his opinions to be.

    • truebearing

      FDR, like his fellow commies, hated the Nazis for being so much like them, but not exactly the same. Kind of an ideological purity thing. If Lindbergh had been a fan of Stalin, however, he would have been treated differently.

  • EarlyBird

    The absolute best thing the US could possibly do for Cubans suffering under the Castro regime, the biggest blow for freedom we could make in that country, is to push for normalization of relations between Washington and Havana. Why do we still interact with Cuba as if it’s permanently October, 1962?

    Because presidential candidates get too much mileage being “tough on Fidel” while seeking Florida’s 29 electoral votes every four years, much of which come from the Cuban-heavy districts of Miami Dade.

    It’s that simple.

    If a professional swimmer who expresses admiration for Cuba’s medical care and education systems can be slimed as “desecrating the graves of 50,000 Cuban freedom seekers,” why would any politician stick his neck out to suggest we finally make nice with Fidel and end Cuba’s misery?

    How is it principled at this point to keep this anachronistic relationship with Havana? Who is benefitting? Cuban-American groups, and authors, speakers and Fox News regulars like Fontova, whose interests in politicians extend far beyond their stands on the Cuba issue, for just two examples. Certainly not the Cuban – or American – people.

    • sophie

      Why mix politics with Diana Nyads successful swim from Cuba in shark
      invested waters without a shark cage? Don’t you stupid people who have made these comments, have anything better to do than say mean things about Diana Nyad? Sweep off your own front porch.

      • EarlyBird

        That’s exaclty my point, Sophie. It’s ridiculous that her swim has been politicized. Welcome to the most hyper-politicized site on the web.

        • truebearing

          Once again, your reading comprehension fails you. Try reading the article again. Practice makes perfect.
          Oh, and her fellow long distance swimmers are pretty skeptical of her achievement. Imagine a leftist lying…..unheard of.

      • truebearing

        Ask the Cuban dictators. She mixed her fake swimming achievement with the political agenda of the Cuban totalitarianists.

    • truebearing

      I don’t suppose it would hurt you lefties. The more the merrier, right? But it would just make it easier for the Castros to export things that are bad for America, like their failed ideology — there’s a sucker born every minute.

  • Fishwoman

    Now we have the “Browns” of this country playing the race card. I am disgusted with the continuing attacks on anyone who is not a politically designated minority.

  • truebearing

    Her fellow long-distance swimmers aren’t convinced she actually swam the entire distance, either. She has rested in boats in past attempts. How would getting older make her more likely to succeed? I smell an end justifying the means.
    She was willing to lie about Cuba’s health care, where millions get none, but the elites get good care. If she’s willing to lie about the criminally unjust Cuban health care system, why wouldn’t she lie about her alleged achievement? Why would she care about those who drowned trying to escape the ideology she adheres to if she doesn’t care about the poverty wracked Cubans who die from lack of health care?

  • joeweil

    Humberto Fontova Welcome to 21st century, Your article is just an political opportunity to take away from an accomplishment.