Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam.
In 1972, Ishmael Muslim Ali LaBeet and four other killers walked into the Fountain Valley golf club in the Virgin Islands. They rounded up four Florida tourists and four employees, forced them to kneel on the ground, shouted racial slurs at their victims, all but one of whom were white. “Kill all the white mother___s”, one of the attackers yelled. And the Fountain Valley Massacre began.
LaBeet had converted to Islam under the influence of Malcolm X and had a history of assaults on white people. He and his fellow racist murderers were swarmed by left-wing civil rights attorneys eager to claim that they had been tortured into confessing. William Kunstler, the most notorious figure in the case, got a St. Croix vacation out of it while sleeping with the wife of Michael Ratner, the head of the Center for Constitutional Rights. But his claims of torture were undermined by his own clients.
At his trial, Ishmael LaBeet yelled, "I killed them all. I don't give a f__. I killed them all.” Supporters snapped Black Power salutes. The killers were found guilty and sentenced. But LaBeet had learned how to use civil rights to manipulate the system. His manipulations culminated in his successful hijacking of an airplane to Cuba. Today he is still there, north of Guantanamo, and claims to be a Communist.
LaBeet is one of many racist terrorists who have killed Americans and who are being harbored by the Castro regime. The pain of his victims and the victims of other left-wing terrorists under the protection of the Castro crime family are not likely to move the radical extremist in the White House.
Cuba holds the same appeal for Obama that it did for the leftist terrorists who hide out there today.
Even though Obama illegally and falsely delisted Cuba as a state sponsor of terror, the Communist dictatorship still remains a haven and a hub for terrorists from around the world.
Cuba is best known for its ties to the Marxist narcoterrorists of FARC who have kidnapped and murdered Americans. But the Iran-backed Islamic terrorists of Hezbollah, who carried out the Marine barracks bombing in Beirut, have a home in Cuba. As do members of the left’s terrorist networks in America.
Castro’s hotel for killers hosted the murderers of Patrolman Robert Rosenbloom in New Mexico. Two of them have since died, but Charlie Hill of the Republic of New Afrika, a racist Black Nationalist group inspired by Malcolm X, is still a free man in Cuba and has been complaining to the media about his life in the Communist dictatorship where he is required to work for a living and smoking pot is a crime.
Discussing the murder of Rosenbloom, Hill has said, “I have never felt guilty about that cop. I never think about that dude.“
William Morales, the bombmaker for FALN, a Puerto Rican separatist terrorist group that currently enjoys almost as much support from the New York City Council as it does from Castro, was linked to the Fraunces Tavern bombing in New York which killed four people and wounded dozens.
Morales was allegedly aided in his escape by his lawyer, Susan Tipograph, who was supposed to have strapped bolt cutters to her thighs. Tipograph is married to former Weathermen terrorist Cathy Wilkerson whose terrorist pals blew up her father’s Greenwich Village townhouse while working on a nail bomb meant to be used on an army dance at Fort Dix. Tipograph went on to defend Lynne Stewart, another radical leftist lawyer who was convicted of aiding the Blind Sheikh who was linked to the World Trade Center bombing and future terror bombing plots in New York City.
The bombmaker and terrorist leader is still reportedly alive and well in Cuba.
And then there’s Frank Terpil, a traitor who provided weapons to terrorists and worked for Saddam, Gaddafi, Arafat and other enemies of the United States before joining up with Castro to undermine America. There are allegations that Terpil died recently, but such claims have been made before.
But the most famous American terrorist in Castro’s Hotel for Terrorists is Joanne Chesimard aka Assata Shakur. Shakur, a member of the racist Black Liberation Army terrorist group, murdered New Jersey state trooper Werner Foerster. Even while the FBI has her on its Most Wanted list, Obama is visiting a country where cop-killers like Chesimard and Hill are protected by its Communist government.
While the families of the victims of the Fraunces Tavern bombing, the relatives of dead police officers and murdered tourists wait for justice, Obama has bailed out the regime responsible for denying it.
Domestically, Obama has made war on police officers. By taking the side of the racist #BlackLivesMatter movement, the successor to hate groups such as the Black Panthers and the BLA, he has managed to get even more police officers killed than Chesimard and Hill ever could. Obama is their biggest achievement.
Obama’s supporters view Chesimard and Hill as heroes, not as criminals.
#BlackLivesMatter explicitly celebrates Shakur as an inspiration for its hate group. In Open Letter Part II, Jay Z gleefully raps about his White House connections and support for cop killers. "Boy from the hood but got White House clearance", "Obama said ‘chill, you gonna get me impeached’", "With the Obamas, I ride, I meet the president on the Southside" and pivots to "Assata Shakur, they tried to execute her, I went to Cuba to see her, We should free her, like we should Mumia."
The radical left has always celebrated the murderers of police officers. The unlikely escapes to Cuba by left-wing terrorists in America required aid and comfort from figures in the left-wing establishment.
Will Obama ask Castro to extradite the killers and terrorists to America? Pope Francis ignored similar pleas. It’s even less likely that Obama will listen. Instead Lynch’s DOJ may finally give Charlie Hill the slap on the wrist he wanted in exchange for letting him come back. Joanne Chesimard may finally be allowed to do her celebratory tour of campuses in the United States. And Morales may be able to visit the city that he bombed where he will be feted by New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito who supports FALN terrorists and has refused to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
Obama would not have put in this much effort into aiding the Castro regime if the Communist dictatorship weren’t such an inspiration to the American left. Castro understood that for the bargain price of providing a refuge for left-wing terrorists, he could secure the undying loyalty of extremists like Obama.
It took a long time, but the American left was finally in a position to bail out Castro. Obama’s Cuban trip is one of his final acts of treason against the United States of America and against the American dead.