I just read this article from the Associated Press about Fidel Castro's failing health and his upcoming surgery. Whenever the news talks about Cuba, I am so amused at their verbal contortions as they try to put a happy face on what is one of the world's most oppressive regimes.
Here is a quote from the article:
The United States was the first country to recognize Castro, but his radical economic reforms and rapid trials of Batista supporters quickly unsettled U.S. leaders.
"His radical economic reforms" included stealing houses from rich Cuban landowners and giving them to his commie cronies (and himself), and sending schoolchildren out into the sugarcane fields to work as virtual slaves, thereby establishing a communist system that gutted the country's economy and infrastructure.
The reporter mentions the "rapid trials of Bastista supporters", but failed to mention that after their "rapid trials", they were taken to La Cabana prison and put up against a bullet-pockmarked wall (FUEGO!!), sometimes being shot personally by the prison's commandant - one Ernesto "Che" Guevara.
Here's another quote:
Meanwhile, Cuban revolutionaries opened 10,000 new schools, erased illiteracy, and built a universal health care system.
Oh Lord! Someone praising Cuba always brings up the schools, literacy rate and healthcare canards. My three standard answers are the following: what good is going to school when the only education you will receive is one steeped in Marxist ideology and hatred for the United States? What good is literacy going to do you, when all you can read is what the Cuban government allows you to read? What good is free health care when the hospital has no supplies, and the doctor is making more money as a cabana boy at the local hotel full of Swedish tourists than he is practicing medicine?
You would think these Castro-philes could think of more compelling arguments when they sing Cuba's (Castro's) praises.
Good Day to You, Sir