============================================================================ Date: Fri, 28 Apr 2000 13:35:25 +0000 To: David S From: "Richard K. Moore" <•••@••.•••> Subject: How to get a liberal to buy whatever you've got to sell... Cc: Bill Blum <•••@••.•••>, "Bill Blum's list":; 4/27/2000, David S wrote, "Re: convince me that that I'm not being hypocritical": O.K. I heard enough! (this is also a response to Sam Smith). The net result of the much delayed recovery of Elian from his kidnappers is likely positive, i.e., the terrorist Cuban-American mafia has been exposed with better prospects for ending the embargo and normalization of U.S./Cuban relations. I heard several moderate Cuban Americans, who supported the recovery, on WPFW point out that the people holding Elian stated openly that they may have more than cameras in their house. There were plausible prospects of the mafia using force to prevent Elian's removal, given the mob surrounding the house and the Miami terror regime they have created. If there was any abuse of the legal process in the recovery or overuse of force (which I don't see happened), Clinton and Reno are to blame for not sending Elian back to his dad in December. Yes, a child's human rights are paramount. That's why this 6 year old is far better with his dad and grandparents living in Cuba. Dear David et al, I think we all agree that the child should rightfully be restored to his remaining parent and allowed to return home. In fact, he should have been returned directly after being recovered at sea. But that's not the point Bill raised as an issue, nor is it the point I was addressing in my response to Bill. Permit me to describe the scenario in a slightly generalized terms, because it is one that comes up all the time... Step (1) The regime creates an untenable situation. (2) The regime publicises the situation widely. (3) A target of blame (bad guy) is clearly articulated. (4) Indecisiveness is feigned while public outrage mounts. (5) Tension builds as demonization campaign is hightened, with usually a generous dose of disinformation from the media. (6) Regime relieves tension by taking decisive action. (7) Public accepts action as necessary and blames bad-guy for any collateral damage. This is a formula that the regime uses regularly to accomplish various kinds of political objectives, often only peripherally related to the case at hand. The regime gets by with it because most people allow themselves to be swept up by the staged drama, because they aren't aware of the regime's hidden objectives, because they have been conditioned by Hollywood to applaud any final scene in which the bad guy gets his comeupance, and because they like to rationalize the justice of any outcome that pleases them emotionally. If you're aware of the formula, then you respond to these kind of scenarios from a slightly different perspective. When you see them 'build a fire on main street' (1 & 2), you begin looking for clues as to what their objectives might be. When they start demonizing (3), then you get part of the picture -- you know who's being added to the growing global collection of 'pariahs'. The demonization in itself accomplishes a political objective -- it removes public sympathy for the new pariah and enables future policy options to which the paraih might protest. It is _not true that the 'Cuban Mafia' -- a term whose usage has increased as part of this scenario -- has dictated American policy toward Cuba. That policy has been a tactic to discourage emulation of Cuba's socialist system elsewhere in Latin America, and to destabilize Cuban socety. But it _is true that Miami's Cuban community threatened to become a focus of embarrasment as the U.S. continues to move toward normalization of relations with Cuba. In part, the objective of the Elan drama was to accomplish 'damage control' on the Cuba-normalization project. Now the hostile votes will be localized to the Cuban exile community itself, and there won't be much of a sympathy-mulitiplier effect. One of the conclusions we can tentatively draw from the Elan affair is that the regime (for whatever hidden reasons) is intent on completing the normalization project. This may not be good news for Cubans, because the regime never gives anything away without getting more in return. When decisive action is taken (6), then more can be learned about regime objectives. In the cases of destroying Yugoslavia and Iraq, those 'decisive actions' were objectives in themselves -- and they also helped establish the new regime of world order needed under post-nationalist globalization. In the case of Elan, one must look deeper, as the dramatic raid was not necessary in order to retrieve the boy. The key here is to look at (7) itself - the rationalization process by which the public accepts the whole package. To some extent, the raid can be understood as 'cementing the evil' of the Cuban exiles, who up until recently were viewed by the media mostly as frustrated freedom fighters. If people accept that the raid was necessary, then they also accept that the exiles amount to an armed terrorist group, ready to take on the government. 'The punishment defines the infamy of the criminal' may not be a saying, but it should be. It's the same trick used in Seattle and DC -- "If the police were violent, the demonstrators must have deserved it" is a sentiment I've heard expressed by many, in one form or another, a variant of 'where there's smoke there's fire'. In addition, this scenario added yet another brick-in-the-wall of public acceptance of police-state practices. When I was young, one of the standard images of a totalitarian society (used often in WW-II Nazi films) was the surprise midnight raid on citizens by secret police in ominous-looking uniforms. Be glad you live in America, where "it could never happen", was the subliminal message. "We've come a long way baby". It's time we woke up and smelled the coffee. respectfully, rkm ============================================================================ 4/29/2000, Gockel, Matthias wrote (regarding the above posting): Dear Richard, thanks for your remarkable comments on the Elian case. Glad you found them useful. To be concrete: what does it mean that the residence where Elian was held, was surrounded (defended!?) by a good number of well-trained anti-Castro units (some probably with long-standing CIA connections). It means that the above is what we are supposed to believe. It may not be true; if it is true then the responsibility lies with the administration which created the whole situation for its own purposes. Shouldn't the qualitative difference between the protests in Seattle and D.C. and the behavior of the Elian relatives should be reflected upon more carefully? If you choose to limit your attention to the situation _after it had developed to a crisis pont -- which is precisely what the propaganda is designed to encourage -- then such reflection might be useful. Another issue is the legal issue. What does it mean that Elian's relatives behave as if they were the only ones who can claim authority 'to speak for Elian'? What does it mean that they try to find an 'independent guide' who can play the role of "speaking for Elian', which means nothing else than trying to make him a US citizen and claim another victory in the war against evil Fidel? Well, I guess the legal issue comes down to: what if they really violated the law? Does the fact that they were targeted by Federal and police agents automatically make them our allies-in-protest? I don't think so. I never said or implied that the Cuban exiles should be considered allies-in-protest. My point is that we would do better to consider the meaning of the overall scenario, and not be entranced by the media propaganda distractions. 2) I also think the 'message' is a different one than what you propose. I agree that the gov't had other ways of resolving the case earlier and I also agree that any reference to 'bungling' is ludicrous. The fact that it did not find a different solution, however, is more indicative of the giving-in to particular right-wing interest groups, which has been typical for Clinton, than of a further build-up of the police state. You're welcome to your opinion, but you're not offering any reubuttal to my analysis. In response, I can only suggest that you read it again. When I talk to liberals, they always point to right-wing influence as being the problem. When I talk to right-wingers, they always say the problem is too much liberal influence, and they usually mention gays as an example. Thus divide-and-rule tactics continue to keep us divided amongst ourselves and enables the regime to continue running things. I also would like to add a related question, which is more general. Do you exclude 'mistakes' and 'bungling' IN PRINCIPLE when it comes to the running of the empire? Certainly not. However we are talking about the most professionally-run empire in history, with centuries of refinement behind it -- they don't make very many tactical blunders. We are also talking about a propanda mythology that routinely alleges bungling, as a tool of obfuscation. The biggest mistakes the regime is making, as I see it, are (1) their unbounded arrogance, and (2) their over-reliance on shallow propaganda. Their propaganda has been so spectacularly successful that it encourages their arrogance -- they are convinced they can get by with anything. But as the screws of globalization tighten, the propaganda is becoming an ever-thinner veneer of lies. What I try to do is point out that the Emperor has no clothes. Once you see it, you will then notice that the evidence is everywhere, and you won't need a weatherman to see which way the wind blows. thanks for your comments, rkm ============================================================================ Delivered-To: moderator for •••@••.••• Date: Sun, 30 Apr 2000 23:00:47 -0500 To: •••@••.•••, •••@••.••• From: Mark Douglas Whitaker <•••@••.•••> Subject: (fwd) Big Lies about Havana and Detroit April 22, 2000 Big Lies About Havana And Detroit By Charles E. Simmons <•••@••.•••> As the late U.S. Congressman and judge George Crockett Jr. remarked during the days of U.S. government support for the apartheid government which kept Nelson Mandela in jail for 27 years, "Americans are the most lied to and misinformed people in the world when it comes to international affairs." The current developments in U.S.-Cuba relations, symbolized by the crisis in Miami surrounding the status of six year old Elian Gonzales, is a tragic example of that mis- information and the results of 40 years of the U.S government -- in both Democratic and Republican administrations -- lying to the American people about Cuba and Fidel Castro. A brief history of the relations between the U.S. and Cuba since the revolution in 1959 is crucial but it will also help the informed reader to know something about the relationship between the two nations over the past century, long before Dr. Castro was born in Santiago de Cuba, in Oriente Province, the island's center of the African slave trade. It is important to know that the U.S. intervened in the Cuban war for independence against Spain, in which one of the leading Cuban freedom fighters was an Afro-Cuban, Antonio Maceo. The intervention on the side of Cuba turned out to be a swindle in which Washington ended up switching roles with Spain to the detriment of the poor masses of the Cuban population which was kept in a state of colonial military occupation, prostitution, poverty and racism for the next 70 years. During that time Cuban resources and labor was stolen by gangsters from Las Vegas and such companies as United Fruit and various tobacco interests until the revolution in 1959 that brought another group of freedom fighters to power, including the Afro-Cuban Juan Almeida, Ernesto Che Guevara, and Fidel Castro. The revolution, led by Cuban youth, expelled the American and other western corporations, along with the tiny minority of Cubans who had benefited from the exploitation and segregation during the Batista government and fled to Miami and received royal treatment until today. In Cuba the original members of the Miami counter-revolutionaries are known as Gusanos or "Worms." The favored treatment for them has included extensive financial aid, the status of honorary whites, and the blessings of upward political and economic mobility while Mexican and Haitian immigrants were being rounded up like cattle, thrown back in the ocean or across the border or simply murdered. The special treatment for the anti-Castro Cubans was not unique for counter revolutionaries brought to U.S., but rare for third world refugees, yet these Cubans were clearly expected to carry out the wishes of the CIA which was to restore the U.S. presence and domination of the island by military means and terrorism. Their acts on behalf of the CIA, well documented in U.S. government hearings, included bombings, poisoning of crops and waterways, attempted assassinations of Cuban leaders including Fidel Castro, and the failed invasion known as the 'Bay of Pigs' in the early 1960s. The leaders of the present struggle to keep little Elian Gonzales in the U.S. are either part of or closely associated with that gang of CIA hirelings. On the other hand, it must also be pointed out that the group of anti-Castro Cubans are not the majority of Cubans in exile, neither in Miami or in other parts of the nation, but are merely the most vocal and at least until now have had the blessings of Washington. Nor do they speak for the entire population of Latinos in the U.S. or the Americas. It is commonplace in the U.S. media to denounce Cuba for its poverty in comparison to the wealthy giant to the north. But the media seldom explain that Cuba is much better off than most other agricultural nations, nor that Cuba has a higher literacy rate than the U.S., overall better health and housing conditions for working and poor people, and is one of the few nations in the world that has addressed the issue of racism or to grant political asylum to freedom fighters such as the Black Panthers, and North Carolina freedom fighter Robert F. Williams who went into exile in 1960 following FBI charges that he kidnapped members of the KKK. Fidel Castro was the only president in the world to send troops to fight on the side of Angolan and Nelson Mandela's freedom fighters against the U.S.-backed segregationist governments. For all of these reasons, Washington remains angry with Castro but some sectors of the U.S. business community are ready to change their backward policies, not for the sake of benefiting Cuba, but to line their own pockets, and to undo the egalitarian characteristics of the revolution. Cuba still has a long way to go on all fronts, has had economic set-backs following the collapse of their major trading partners in the former USSR and Eastern Europe, and Cuban leaders will be the first to admit it. But the greatest American lie is the omission of the fact that Washington has -- in violation of international law and morality -- kept Cuba in a military and economic blockade for 40 years which is the cause of the shortages in the economy. Those of us in Detroit should think about the long corporate blockade against the Coleman Young administration and the damage suffered to the Detroit economic development as a result of Young's insistence on satisfying the needs of the little people. We must ask whether there would have been better schools, health services, more housing for low and moderate income families, and better working conditions but for the corporate blockade against America's inner cities. Part of the confusion these days about Cuba is that some Wall Street interests are ready to change U.S. policy, to drop the hatchet and try to make some money like their competitors in France, Canada and Japan are doing. However, many old line and racist politicians such as Senator Jesse Helms of North Carolina, have not received the message that the Cold War policies no longer completely dictate corporate policies. Therefore, China and the former socialist nations are now fair game in spite of any political barriers. At the same time, both Republicans and Democrats fear that the small group of anti-Castro Cubans now speak for the entire Latino population in the U.S. or at least in Florida, and that the party that appears first to reconcile with Castro will lose their vote and perhaps some politicians. Residents of America's embattled cities and rural communities should keep in mind the lies and distortions told in the local daily media about these embattled neighborhoods and citizens, confronting total dis- enfranchisement, intense brutality and land grabbing on all fronts, and then the issues of Cuba will be easier to understand. -30- Charles E. Simmons Detroit Community Activist, Professor of Journalism and Media Law Eastern Michigan University •••@••.••• [Articles on BRC-NEWS may be forwarded and posted on other mailing lists, as long as the wording/attribution is not altered in any way. 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