If I said that chaos prevails in the United States it
would be considered an overstatement; it would be said that that country is a
democracy where there is justice, respect for human rights and a division of
powers based on the principles of Montesquieu and the Philadelphia Declaration.
Of course, I’m not referring to Cheney’s spirited
defense of the right to torture or to Bush’s remarks in Toronto while hundreds of protesters claimed for
his impeachment as a war criminal.
But you would be amazed to look at the bulletin with
press dispatches. Several news agencies have reported that a judge granted an
over 1 billion dollar compensation in damages on the part of the government to
a Cuban American involved in the capture and death of revolutionary Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara, on account of the suicide of the man’s father
“Judge Peter Adrien from
the Miami Dade Circuit said on Friday that he wanted to send a message to the
“The magistrate’s ruling responded to a lawsuit filed
by Gustavo Villoldo who blamed Guevara, former Cuban
leader Fidel Castro and others for his father’s suicide
in Cuba in 1959. The family escaped to the United States and subsequently Villoldo
took part in the Bay
of Pigs invasion
and in Guevara’s capture in Bolivia.
“Villoldo’s father took his
life with an overdose of barbiturates on February 1959, that is, shortly after
Fidel Castro, Guevara and other guerrillas took power in Cuba. Villoldo
senior was a prominent Cuban businessman. He was also an American citizen, and
the owner of a major General Motors concession, a 13,000 hectare farm (33,000
acres) and other properties.
“Villoldo junior later
joined the U.S. Armed Forces and the CIA. A few years down the road, he was
with the group that captured Che in Bolivia in 1967. Subsequently, Guevara was
executed and buried in the South American nation.”
Another press dispatch reads that: “The compensation
is the largest granted so far in lawsuits brought against the Cuban government
after a $253 million one accorded to the children of Cuban Rafael del PinoSiero who died in jail after
he separated from the Castro regime.” It doesn’t say a word about the traitor
sentenced to prison for selling Granma’s secrets for
35,000 dollars --the equivalent of almost a million dollars now— risking the
lives of the 82 members of the expedition.
“A compensation of 187 million dollars was also paid
to the families of three pilots. These were the members of the exile group ‘Brothers
to the Rescue’ whose aircrafts were shot down in 1996 by Cuban planes in
international waters.”They were real
pirates who used military aircraft bought after the Vietnam War to break into
our air space and fly at low altitude over the capital of the country.
Just three days ago it was reported that, under
pressure from Dan Burton and other anti-Cuban lawmakers, the Mayor of New York had
ordered a statue of Che --by German artist Christian
Jankowski-- to be taken away from Central Park. This was on display as part of a traveling
exhibition called “Live Sculptures” which included the figure of the man whose
assassination was dictated by the government of that country. Such is justice
in the United States!