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Sunday, July 27, 2003

Even as the dictator lambasted the EU as being a "trojan horse" of the United States, the BBC still persists on laying flattery at the feet of Fidel Castro and his Communist regime. Today's BBC Americas section details a rant from Fidel himself as he marked the 50th anniversary of Cuba's "liberation". The ruthless leader of Cuba made sure to elaborate upon the past sins of Europe, citing their "historic" responsibilities for such diverse crimes as "slave trafficking, looting" and "extermination of entire peoples". (Are we sure Fidel wasn't talking about one Saddam Hussein?)

Europe's history has been checkered by infighting, and conquests, to be sure, but for Fidel to insult the EU over such things is certainly the pot calling the kettle black. However, the outstanding feature of today's BBC article wasn't Fidel's soliloquy, but the BBC's apologist attitude for his regime, implying that, perhaps, Cuba isn't such a bad place:

"However, Cuba can still boast good healthcare and education:

  • It has the highest life expectancy in Latin America and one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the world

  • It has one doctor per 166 people and one of the most extensive free public health systems in the world

  • It also has one of the highest literacy rates in the world, with just over 95% of the population being able to read "

    Yeah? Then why are they all leaving for more Westernized countries? The BBC, no paragon of journalistic virtue these days, by giving Castro such accolades, misses the point: people of a free mind will always value freedom over security. Just consult the Federalist Papers and such.


    .: posted by Dave 5:15 PM

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