Michael Moore Sneers at Cuban Americans
Tuesday, May 6, 2008 4:03 PM
By: Humberto Fontova
Last week on "Larry King Live" Michael Moore took the high road. He
simply could not bring himself to pronounce judgment on the Rev.
Jeremiah Wright's tirades. "I'm a white guy," explained the rotund
film-maker. "And I mean, you have to ask yourself, Larry, what's it like
to be black in America? . . . And I do not believe, as a white guy, that
I am in any position to judge a black man who has had to live through that."
Michael Moore's non-judgmental scruples apply only to celebrity victims
of Jim Crow lite. A much different set of scruples apply to victims of
"Florida's Cubans" writes Moore in his book, "Downsize This," are
responsible for "sleaze and influence-peddling in American politics. In
every incident of national torment that has deflated our country for the
past three decades — Cuban exiles are always present and involved."
Such a blanket trashing of an entire ethnic group straddles the very
dictionary definition of bigotry. Normally the entire Democratic Party
would work itself into a collective froth against the villain who
spouted such hate-speech. Normally every media outlet in the land would
promptly and boastfully ban this bigot from its airwaves, broadcasting
the decision between film clips of fire-hoses in Selma, cross burnings,
and torch-light storm troopers at Nuremberg.
Moore himself denounces Republicans as "people who hate . . . people who
get up at 6 in the morning trying to figure out which minority group
they're going to screw today."
But in "Downsize This," Moore was insulting Cuban-Americans (80 percent
Republicans), you see. So all is forgiven. So instead of being pummeled
as a bigot by the usual media sniffers and snouters, Moore was feted as
the guest of honor at the last Democratic National Convention, squatting
his gargantuan gluteus in the very president's box alongside Jimmy Carter.
Then waddling onto the stage at Boston's Fleet Center to a whooping,
hollering ovation rivaling even the one that deafened Fidel Castro when
he addressed Harvard Law School and Washington's National Press Club in
1959, though it was close.
"These Cuban exiles, for all their chest-thumping and terrorism, are
really just a bunch of wimps — that's right, Wimps!" Moore continues in
his book. His smear refers to all Cubans who left Cuba but singles out
the Bay of Pigs freedom-fighters for particular scorn. "Ex-Cubans with a
yellow stripe down their backs," he calls them, on top of "crybabies."
During the Bay of Pigs days these men — all volunteers and
overwhelmingly civilian — battled savagely against a Soviet-trained and
Soviet-led force 10 times its size, inflicting casualties of 30-to-1.
When the local CIA man realized they'd been betrayed by the best and
brightest he pleaded with their commander to allow an evacuation. "We
will not be evacuated!" yelled that Cuban-exile commander into his radio
from the clearly doomed beachhead. "We came here to fight! This ends here!"
And so it did. Then came the real heroics. Living under a daily firing
squad sentence for almost two years these men refused to sign the
confession damning the "U.S. imperialists" (the very nation that
betrayed them on that beachhead.) Many spat on the document in front of
their Communist torturers. "We will die with dignity!" responded their
second-in-command Erneido Oliva ( a black Cuban, Messieurs Rangel,
Wright and Jackson) to his furious communist captors, again and again
In blanket-trashing all Cubans who for some crazy reason rejected free
healthcare for U.S. freedom, Moore also trashes the longest suffering
political prisoners of the century. Cuban-Americans like Roberto
Martin-Perez, Mario Chanes De Armas, Eusebio Penalver, Angel de Fana,
who all spent spent almost 30 years in Fidel Castro and Che Guevara's
gulag. That's more than three times as long a Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and
Natan Sharansky spent in Josef Stalin's gulag.
Normally such men would have publishers, producers and documentary
makers lining up for their stories. A&E would feature them every other
month. NPR, "Frontline," "60 Minutes" and the History Channel would beat
down their doors.
Alas, these were Fidel Castro and Che Guevara's victims. Enough said.
Sadistic and cowardly torturers just doesn't square with the image of
the left's premier pin-up boys.
Think about it: the very things people like Moore, Sean Penn, Danny
Glover, the Dixie Chicks, etc. say and write for free publicity, Fidel
Castro and Che Guevara's prisoners refused to sign to save their lives,
or to end two decades of daily torture. Yet the Democrats' pet walrus
sneers at them from his Upper West Side pad as "wimps, cowards and
A guilt-stricken JFK finally ransomed back the Bay of Pigs prisoners.
After fighting — literally — to the last bullet against swarms of
Soviet-led troops in Cuba, hundreds of these Cuban exiles promptly
joined the U.S. Army and many volunteered for action in Vietnam. One of
these was named Felix Sosa-Camejo.
Mr. Sosa-Camejo died while rescuing a wounded comrade, he'd already been
awarded 12 medals, including the Bronze Star, three Silver Stars and two
Purple Hearts. I'll quote from his official citation:
On February 13, 1968, the lead platoon was hit by an enemy bunker
complex manned by approximately forty North Vietnamese Regulars. Upon
initial contact the point man was wounded and lay approximately 10
meters in front of the center bunker.
With disregard for his safety, Captain Sosa-Camejo ran through the
intense enemy fire and pulled the wounded point man to safety. After
ensuring that the wounded man was receiving medical treatment, Captain
Sosa-Camejo returned to the fire fight and again exposed himself to the
intense enemy fire by single handedly assaulting the center bunker with
grenades killing the two NVA soldiers manning the bunker.
As he turned to assault the next bunker an NVA machine gun opened
up and he was mortally wounded. Captain Sosa-Camejo's valorous action
and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the
military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and
the United States Army.
From his limousine Michael Moore sneers at this Cuban-American and
his band of brothers as "wimps and crybabies with yellow lines down
Humberto Fontova is the author of four books including "Exposing
the Real Che Guevara and the Useful Idiots Who Iidolize Him" and "Fidel;
Hollywood's Favorite Tyrant." Visit www.hfontova.com.
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