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Elian, Still Abused After All These Years

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Remember Elian Gonzalez? He was the Cuban boy the Clinton Administration forcibly repatriated to the ‘socialist paradise’ in flagrant contravention of his rights and the due process of law. He’s now 11, and the poor child is still being abused as the Castro regime trots him out to convince the proletariat how happy he is.

Elian Gonzalez, the young Cuban castaway whose international custody battle ended in his dramatic seizure from a Miami home five years ago, addressed a crowd of thousands Friday, thanking Cubans and Americans alike for fighting for his return to the island.

Elian, now 11, read a speech at a televised event in Havana marking the fifth anniversary of the April 22 raid in which armed U.S. federal agents snatched him from his Miami relatives in the first step to getting him back to Cuba.

“Five years ago I returned to my dad,” he said. “When I saw him, I became very happy. I could hug him, I could see my little brother. That was the happiest day of my life.”

Wait until Fidel falls kid.

Meanwhile, it’s worthwhile to recall this incident as we listen to liberals scream at how Attorney General John Ashcroft trampled the Constitution and how the ironically named new AG Alberto Gonzales is a torturer. This is how the Constitution fared under the last democrat to be AG, Janet Reno:

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April 25, 2005 at 8:26 am

The Professional Killers

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While the Left’s Hitler fetish continues (Hitler was a Leftist by the way, but you’ll never hear one of them admitting that) Bridget Johnson has an excellent piece on Hollywood’s fetish for communism. Their record of murder dwarfs the Nazis, although one must allow they had more time and still do in some places. A taste:

Annoying as the Che adulation is, a recent comment by a 14-year-old on an online movie message board was truly disturbing: “I just saw The Motorcycle Diaries, which further made me question: Why is communism bad? . . . Young people are told how bad communism is, but we are not told why. . . . The Motorcycle Diaries showed me how Ernesto Guevara wanted to help people. . . . But this did not explain why he was such a ‘bad’ person and apparently deserved to be murdered by the U.S.”

A hundred million dead leaps to mind. A must read, and the book she mentions chronicling the bloody history of communism is here. While we’re at it, if you think the Nazis had a monopoly on camps, think again. It’s long past time to vilify all mass murderers, and understand what they really were.

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March 30, 2005 at 9:40 am

On the Unhappy Global ‘Elite’

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Victor Davis Hanson is at it again, slicing through the cognitive dissonance to bring tonal clarity:

Why would the world listen to a stumbling George Bush when it could be mesmerized by a poet, biographer, aristocrat, and metrosexual of the caliber of a Monsieur Dominique de Villepin? Why praise brave Iraqis lining up to vote, while at the same hour the defeated John Kerry somberly intones on Tim Russert’s show that he really did go into Cambodia to supply arms to the mass-murdering Khmer Rouge — a statement that either cannot be true or is almost an admission of being a party to crimes against humanity if it is.

Second, political powerlessness follows from ideological exhaustion. Communism and Marxism are dead. Stalin and Mao killed over 80 million and did not make omelets despite the broken eggs. Castro and North Korea are not classless utopias but thugocracies run by megalomaniac dictators who the world prays will die any minute. The global Left knows that the Cold War is over and was lost by the Left, and that Eastern Europeans and Central Americans probably cherish the memory of a Ronald Reagan far more than that of a Francois Mitterrand or Willy Brandt.

A must read, but then you knew that.

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February 4, 2005 at 2:47 pm

It’s All About Gumby

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Unless you’re Kim Jong Il, ex-King Sihanouk, or Madeleine Albright, life in Pyongyang is not a bed of roses. After all, this is a country ruled by a loon with a Gumby fetish, one of the last Stalinist dictatorships on the planet, and which is engaged in nuclear roulette with the big boys.

This is a country which practically has a corner on mass starvation, repression, gulags, tyranny, and backwardness. A country which cannot support itself, and because its crackpot leader remains stuck in a time warp, shows no sign of joining the community of civilized nations. But they do have one thing going for them: no AIDS patients.

North Korea has expelled 27 foreigners it said tested positive for HIV and claimed the country remains free of AIDS.

North Korea is “the only country on the earth that has no AIDS-related patients,” South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported quoting North Korea’s Pyongyang Time. Yonhap reported the magazine in Pyongyang carried an interview with Han Kyong-Ho, director of Pyongyang’s Central Hygienic and Anti-Epizootic Center in its Dec. 4 issue.

Well sure, if you eject all those pesky ‘foreigners’ with the disease. But the real reason?

Han attributed the non-existence of AIDS patients in North Korea to the “sound and moral lifestyle” of North Korean people.

Like anyone other than Gumby is allowed to have any fun anyway.

What is it about communists that they feel compelled to overcompensate for the real misery they inflict on their people with faux statistics and unverifiable grandstanding?

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December 21, 2004 at 3:05 pm

Posted in Communism, Idiotarians

Couldn’t Happen to a Nicer Guy

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Ordinarily I feel nothing but sympathy for the elderly when they take a tumble. Not this time:

Fidel Castro tripped and fell after leaving the stage at a graduation ceremony, but later returned to say that he was “all in one piece.” There was no official word from the government on Castro’s condition after he left Santa Clara, about a three-hour drive east of Havana, in his regular black Mercedes Benz.

Speaking live on state television less than a minute after his fall, Castro told television viewers across the island of 11.2 million people that he thought he had broken his knee “and maybe an arm … but I am all in one piece.”

Pity.

Update For those of you who want more of the Brutal Communist DictatorTM taking a major header, here’s the video.

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October 21, 2004 at 12:50 pm

Posted in Communism, General

Don’t Forget the Wine

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Poor Jacques Chirac. Tourism, wine, and arms. All in a sales downturn. Since the Iraqi market dried up for arms sales, despite Chirac’s best efforts, one must do something. The answer? China:

French President Jacques Chirac is calling on the European Union to lift a long-standing arms embargo against China. “France supports lifting the embargo,” Chirac said in an interview with China’s official news agency, Xinhua, adding it no longer reflected present day realities.

The European Union imposed the weapons’ ban following China’s 1989 crackdown against pro-democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square, in Beijing.

Yeah, and now that China’s been rattling its sabre at Taiwan, France wants a piece of the action. Maybe a case of wine or two will help grease the wheels.

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October 7, 2004 at 2:07 pm

King Sihanouk Abdicates

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King Sihanouk of Cambodia has abdicated due to age and health. It is not immediately clear who his successor will be, or even if abdication is valid under Cambodia’s current constitution. A nine-member council will apparently determine that and who the new king would be. Sihanouk became king in 1941, abdicated in 1955 to run for office and became Prime Minister. From 1960 to 1970, and again in 1975-6, he was Head of State. He became king again in 1993.

Sihanouk was overthrown by his own government in 1970 which immediately began oppressing ethnic Vietnamese in Cambodia. The North Vietnamese government began supporting the Khmer Rouge – a group of communist guerrillas – with arms, supplies, and training. The Vietnamese eventually occupied most of Cambodia in Sihanouk’s name, who had joined with his former communist enemies. An odd civil war then ensued between ‘royalist’ communists and the military officers who had set up a republic.

The US backed the Khmer Republic with massive bombing raids early in 1973, but Congress refused further funding in August. The long, drawn out civil war ended with the occupation of the capitol Phomn Penh on April 17, 1975. As communists have always done, ‘reeducation centers,’ prison camps, forced relocations, and random executions quickly followed.

The Khmer Rouge and their leader, Pol Pot, also broke with the Vietnamese at this time, rewrote their ‘history’ and got down to the real business of killing people. Beginning with deportations from the cities, often without food and with no concern to families or the infirm, several hundred thousand people were forcibly relocated to the countryside. (The total population of Cambodia was about 8 million at this time.)

As with Stalin before, farms were collectivized, and people were divided by whether they had been under the control of the Khmer Rouge or the Republic. An apartheid system ensued and the latter group was gradually purged out of existence. The goal of Pol Pot and the communist leaders was to ‘ruralize’ the populace, but they went further than that. People were successively relocated as part of a strategy to reduce the number of ‘useless mouths’ and like the Russian gulag system, travel was harsh, overcrowded, and deadly to the weak. Purges also took a political form with people being denounced as “CIA agents” and then liquidated. Many Cambodians fled abroad if they could.

The worst killing took place in the east, where a rebellion occurred in the spring of 1978. Quickly put down, at least 100,000 people were massacred outright of the 1.7 million in the area. The inhabitants were forced to wear blue clothing (everyone else wore black) and most were relocated. Gradually, people dressed in blue disappeared as the regime murdered them.

Various estimates of the number of deaths have been made, and census data is unavailable from the late 1960s to 1993. The best estimates indicate some 250,000 people died in the civil war, with an additional 1.7 million by the Khmer Rouge. Approximately 1 million were executed, and the rest died from hunger and disease connected to the regime’s activities. Some two million people in all out of eight million or one out of every four.

The source for much of the preceding section is the excellent and grim Black Book of Communism. Sihanouk had no real power in those days, and was only a figurehead. And many believe he was basically under arrest for most of the time. His resumption of the crown in 1993 ended the prospect of further war, but he has been mercurial to say the least. He has threatened abdication more than once as a policy tool, and his pardons of Khmer Rouge leaders have been unpopular. Recently, he enjoyed a four-month visit to that great guy Kim Jong Il in North Korea, whom he has praised. Old habits die hard I guess.

On the Cambodian stage since becoming king in 1941, it’s time Sihanouk faded into history …

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October 7, 2004 at 10:52 am

Posted in Communism, General, History

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