The Stalinist dictator has been busy this week touring the city he long craved to nuke.
“My dream is to drop three atomic bombs on New York City,” sighed Raul Castro to a colleague in November of 1960.
But in between speeches at the UN and meetings with Governor Cuomo and Bill de Blasio (the mayor of the city Castro longed to incinerate), the Communist mass-murderer was also buttonholed by Bill Clinton for a friendly chat. Reporting on these meetings, Cuba’s KGB-mentored media included an affectionate mention of Hillary Clinton, former senator with an especially high popularity in the New York neighborhoods that might still be radioactive if Raul and his brother had gotten their way in 1962.
That Castro found time to hob-nob with Bill Clinton speaks well for his manners, especially his spirit of gratitude. After all, if not for the intervention of president Bill Clinton, Raul would and should have been served with U.S. federal indictments for both drug-trafficking (into the U.S.) and murder. (of U.S. citizens).
“The case we have against Raul Castro right now (for drug-trafficking) is much stronger than the one we had against Manuel Noriega in 1988.” (U.S. prosecutors in Florida to the Miami Herald, July 1996.)
A former Justice Department official with direct knowledge of the case stated:
“Federal prosecutors in Miami were prepared to indict Raul Castro as the head of a major cocaine smuggling conspiracy in 1993, but the Clinton Administration Justice Department overruled them, current and former Justice Department officials tell ABC News. The draft indictment, as described by a former Justice Department official who saw it, listed Raul Castro as the leader of a conspiracy involved in smuggling seven and a half tons of cocaine into the United States over a 10-year period. It was a major investigation involving numerous witnesses that were killed at the highest levels in Washington.”
Now on to the charges of murder. Oh -- and for the sake of this article we’ll overlook Castroite mass-murder of Cubans. After all, “what governments do to their own people within their own borders should be of no concern to the U.S.”—or so we’re relentlessly reminded by the exact people who shrieked to high heavens for every nation on earth to impose an embargo against apartheid South Africa and thus strangle the regime to death.
So we’ll stick to Raul Castro’s murder of Americans. After all, “the U.S. can’t be the world’s policeman”—or so we’re always reminded by the very people who clamored for the U.S. to help arrest, indict and publicly flog, flay and behead Chile’s Augusto Pinochet.
At any rate, in 1996 Castro’s Soviet MIGS shot down 4 unarmed Cessnas in international airspace over the Florida straits, murdering three U.S. citizens and one legal U.S. resident. Some background:
The estimates of the number of Cubans dying horribly in this “cemetery without crosses” (Florida Straits) run from 30-50,000. For perspective: an estimated 200 people were killed trying to escape East Germany through the Berlin Wall.
The defenseless Cessnas were piloted by a humanitarian group called Brothers to the Rescue who used to fly over the Florida straits during the mid-1990’s alerting and guiding the Coast Guard to any balseros, and saving thousands of these desperate people from joining the terrible tally mentioned above. (Prior to Castroism, by the way, Cuba was swamped with more immigrants per-capita than the U.S., mostly from Europe.)
By February of 1996, Brothers to The Rescue had flown 1,800 of these humanitarian missions and helped rescue 4,200 men, women and children. That month a Castroite spy named Gerardo Hernandez who had infiltrated the humanitarian group passed the flight plan for one of flights to Raul Castro.
With this info in hand, Castro’s Top Guns, jumped into their MIGs, took off and valiantly blasted apart (as mentioned: in international air space) the lumbering and utterly defenseless Cessnas. Four members of the humanitarian flights were thus murdered in cold blood. Three of these murdered men were U.S. citizens, one a decorated Vietnam veteran.
A U.S. Grand jury subsequently indicted the head of the Cuban Air Force, General Rubén Martínez Puente, and two MIG pilots, Lorenzo Alberto Pérez-Pérez and Francisco Pérez-Pérez, for the murder of these Americans.
Given the command structure of a Stalinist regime everyone familiar with this case knew full-well who actually ordered the shoot-down and murders. Then just this past December, when he obviously sensed U.S. authorities were not the least interested in seeking justice for the murdered Americans, came a confession:
"'I gave the order,” boasted Raul Castro to U.S. Rep James McGovern (D-MA.) who was genuflecting before him during a visit to Havana while preparing for Obama’s “diplomatic opening” to Stalinist Cuba. “I’m the one responsible [for giving the order to shoot down the U.S. planes]," Raul Castro doubled down with his boast.