Postscript: The real attitude of Cuban Revolutionaries toward Native Americans
One cannot plan correctly for the future unless he or she understands the past.
The People of One Fire had intended to publish only a single editorial about the passing of Fidel Castro. However, during the past two days, the Native American-focused media in Canada, the USA and Mexico has paraded a string of articles by naive young journalists, which describe the Cuban Revolutionaries of the late 20th century as “friends of the indigenous peoples of the Americas.” HORSE MANURE! Someone has to get the truth out.
A shared characteristic of both Marxism and Fascism is the lack of finite moral standards . . . the end justifies the means. Fidel Castro and Che Guevara didn’t care how many indigenous people died . . . as long as Xerox copies of their regime in Cuba were replicated across the landscape of the Americas . . . and that in the process, the United States was destroyed.
Because I live a “pioneer” lifestyle, I often feel like a young man just starting life, but at times like this, I realize that I have experienced a host of things that others have not. Many of you readers were probably not even born when a bankrupt Castro no longer had the military backing of a suddenly non-existent Soviet Union, to foment “Wars of Liberation” across the Americas. After a decade of starvation, Castro began re-inventing himself in the 21st century as a kind, humanitarian victim of Yankee bullies. He was merely some sort of atheistic saint, sent to rescue the poor of the Americas from their oppressors.
There is another side to the story. Let’s just say that many moons ago, because of the times I lived in, I had special “educational opportunities” and “on-site field experiences,” which gave me a more complete understanding of those “Wars of Liberation” by the Cuban Marxists.
Fidel Castro was a first generation Cuban and a blanquito (full-blooded Caucasian). His father was conscripted soldier in the Spanish army, who grabbed a large chunk of land from absentee owners in Spain, in the chaos after the United States defeated Spain and freed Cuba. The United Fruit Company did the same thing up the road from the Castro plantation. Apparently, intrigues by the Yankee capitalists up the road kept the Castros from expanding their empire as much as they would have liked. Fidel never forgave the Yanquis for this.
Blaming the USA for all that was wrong in the Americas
First, I will quote from author Ernesto Betancourt, an eyewitness to the Cuban Revolution:
“In January 1959, shortly after taking power, Castro met with Colonel Ramón Barquín and his fellow professional army officers who had conspired to overthrow Batista and had been imprisoned as a consequence. During the conversation, he told them that he wanted an army capable of fighting a war. When one of the officers commented that the war had just finished, Castro’s answer was: “No, the war is just beginning, because this is going to end in a war against the United States.” Once in power, Castro started preparing for his war against the Yankees, based on two strategies: one overt and the other covert.”
There was a pervasive attitude in Latin America, throughout the latter half of the 20th century . . . the Yankee Imperialists were the cause of all of Latin America’s poverty and political instability. Cuban Marxists tried to fan those illogical flames of hatred. Few Latin American intellectuals dared to discuss the reality that their societies were screwed up from the beginning by Spanish feudalism, endemic corruption and an omnipotent Roman Catholic theocracy.
The truth was that General George Washington went home to his plantation after leading the Continental Army to victory over Great Britain. Meanwhile, General Agustín de Iturbide, commander of the victorious armies in the Mexican War of Independence, soon declared himself “Emperor Agustín I of the Mexican Empire.” Simón Bolívar’s efforts to create a unified South American nation with full citizenship for its indigenous peoples, collapsed into the nations that we know today . . . who until recent times were all dictatorships.
Cuban Marxist role in the massacres
Mahatma Gandhi developed the concept of non-violent resistance in order to achieve independence from Great Britain. The Rev. Martin Luther King developed the concept to a much more sophisticated level in the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. The approach grew to a massive scale during the Vietnam War Protest Movements. Leaders in such movements required large numbers of volunteers to passively obstruct public spaces in order to invite police and soldiers to beat them, sick attack dogs on them, arrest them and sometimes kill them. Remember the Kent State University shootings?
Very frankly, there were leaders in the Vietnam War protests, who got a megalomaniacal thrill out of watching their followers get beaten up or killed on their behalf. There is a lot of evidence that Marxist agents or alternatively, Fascist thugs working for President Nixon, intentionally committed some violent crimes on the Kent State campus that were intended to cause Ohio state officials and the National Guardsmen commit a massacre. With either end of the political spectrum, the end justifies the means.
Fidel Castro, Raul Castro and Che Guevara perverted Gandhi’s principals to a new high level of barbarism. Yes, when tribal leaders from Canada or the United States visited Cuba, the Castro regime treated them like heads of state and put on “a dog and pony show,” but the truth is that these men were all descendants of the Spanish aristocracy. They viewed indigenous peoples as potential sheep for the slaughter in their grand scheme to create essentially a Cuban Marxist Empire for the Soviets.
The primary military tactic of the Cuban revolutionaries was to manipulate government troops and police into massacring large numbers of innocent civilians . . . who always were Indians or mestizos. Well, some innocent Americans were also murdered . . . like in 1980, when the four Maryknoll nuns were butchered in El Salvador. This was to get American sympathy. The actual Marxist guerillas would only raid remote government outposts or patrols, where they were least likely to get killed or captured. It was the same strategy used by Castro in the Cuban Revolution. Let the non-Marxists do most of the dying.
Cuban double agents would plant false intelligence within the already brutal counter-insurgency forces of Latin American countries, which made the stormtroopers think that politically neutral peons were Marxist revolutionaries. Of course, these peons only rarely had any weapons to defend themselves when attacked, so mass slaughters would occur. The goal was to turn the surviving peons into rabid haters of the government troops and ultimately into Marxist soldiers. However, the Cuban Marxists didn’t hesitate to massacre villages, which they suspected of being sympathetic to the central governments.
On December 2, 1990 counter-insurgency troops of the Guatemalan Guardia Nacional opened automatic weapons fire on an unarmed crowd of peaceful demonstrators that numbered between 2,000 and 4,000 Tzutujil Mayas from the town of Santiago Atitlan in the Guatemalan Highlands. During the following days, soldiers went door to door around Lake Atitlan, with execution lists probably furnished by Cuban double agents, killing innocent persons, who were supposedly Marxist rebels. The actual terrorists were only rarely shot by soldiers.
The Lake Atitlan Massacre was just a microcosm of what occurred constantly in Latin America between 1960 and 1995. Over a hundred thousand Indians died in Guatemala alone. The total number of indigenous people killed during “Cuban-sponsored Wars of Liberation” in Latin America probably exceeds a million, maybe many more.
Were the Cuban Marxists friends of the indigenous peoples of the Americas? What do you think?
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Richard Thornton is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. However, that was not always the case. While at Georgia Tech Richard was the first winner of the Barrett Fellowship, which enabled him to study Mesoamerican architecture and culture in Mexico under the auspices of the Institutio Nacional de Antropoligia e Historia. Dr. Roman Piňa-Chan, the famous archaeologist and director of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, was his fellowship coordinator. For decades afterward, he lectured at universities and professional societies around the Southeast on Mesoamerican architecture, while knowing very little about his own Creek heritage. Then he was hired to carry out projects for the Muscogee-Creek Nation in Oklahoma. The rest is history.Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. In 2009 he was the architect for Oklahoma’s Trail of Tears Memorial at Council Oak Park in Tulsa. He is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.
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