Journalists in The Service of Reds: Engineers of Human Souls 4

Exiles from totalitarian regimes have always been a potential and real threat to the credibility, durability and legitimacy of dictatorships, particularly the Communist variety. These regimes sought to quash exile effectiveness through a round-the-clock dispatch of intelligence assets in aggressive defamation and elimination operations.

By Tania C. Mastrapa

In the United States, we metaphorically abide by the double-edged sword. While America is a haven for those who seek freedom from repressive regimes, we simultaneously provide a forum for supporters of those regimes. Stephen Kimber, an award winning journalist and currently a professor of journalism at the University of King’s College in Halifax, represents the latter.

As a writer, Comrade Kimber is what Soviet dictator Josef Stalin called an engineer of human souls – endowed with the power to remold the ideological mentality of his readers. Kimber recently wrote, What Lies Across the Water: The Real Story of the Cuban Five – a book that justifies agent insertion into the United States by the Cuban regime and (of course) slanders anti-Communist Cuban exiles.

The Washington Post published an Op-Ed by Kimber where he defends the Cuban Five – spies who, among many other illegal acts, were instrumental in the 1996 downing of two Brothers to the Rescue planes over the Florida Straits. The American light aircraft were shot down over international waters by Cuban MiGs firing air-to-air missiles that killed four on board. The Cuban Five were subsequently convicted by a federal jury that did not include any Cuban exiles.

South Florida’s WLRN General Manager John Labonia defended the station’s decision to also provide a platform to Kimber. To not do so would apparently have been dumb and intolerant. He nodded to the sensitivity of the matter and stated, “…the local conversation about Cuba has evolved and become more broad-minded…and that it can accommodate opinions today that might have been too uncomfortable to engage a generation ago.” Have broad-mindedness, objectivity and tolerance ever been demanded of other victims of totalitarianism, such as Jews under the Nazi regime and those who toppled Adolf Hitler? No, because these standards are solely exacted on victims of Communism and the underlying reality is that their lives are allotted a low value, if any at all.

The unbridled statements by journalists and others about Communism’s exiles are certainly beneficial to the oppressors. Thus, those subjected to property confiscation, political arrests and torture are somehow unable to accurately address their homeland’s ills as opposed to those who regurgitate the content of Communist State publications. For example, journalists describe Vietnamese exiles, ad nauseum, as “right-wing” and an “extreme anti-Communist bloc,” whose younger generations are more open-minded. The loved ones of the 16,000 Cambodians who died on orders of Kaing Guek Eav, a.k.a. “Duch,” ought not have had a say in his sentencing, according to international judge Sylvia Cartwright because of the need for objectivity and balance as opposed to victims’ “mob rule.” A group or government that attempts, by any means necessary, to bring freedom to a country is generally lauded as heroic – so long as that country is not under the yoke of Communism. Laotian anti-Communists have been subjected to arrests, bombardments, re-education camps and shootings; but an effort by exiles and sympathizers, labeled by the U.S. government as “mercenaries,” to liberate the country resulted in arrest for many in the United States.

So how did the double standard originate?

Feature continues here: Journalists in the Service of Reds: Engineers of Human Souls

4 comments

  1. We are aware that Castro was kept abreast of developments thanks to double agents inside the exiles, but the curious case now is that most of the dissidents inside Cuba are a real threat to the credibility, durability and legitimacy of the dissidence itself, as Jonathan Farrar reported . It’s sure that Castro seeks to quash exile effectiveness through dispatch of intelligence assets, but most of the exiles have also proven being so ignorant and misinformed that Castro barely needs allies with such an opposition.

  2. The commies could call the exiles whatever they want but I admit that I’m fervently anti-communist and love democracy and someone that will fight the reds to the end.Castro regime does not need anyone to discredit its conduct,the regime repressive essence speaks for itself.Castro has not been able to squash anything,I just look at the useful idiots from the Cuban Wasp network an laugh,by the time the four remaining spies fulfill their sentences i will be retired from my present job and my daughter will be married with kids.A hard lesson learned by the commies.The spies Castro will send to spy on the US will be suffering the same fate, they will be arrested and dress in Orange.

  3. To Fernandez,The exiles do not know much?They know how many times a servile slave like you will change Castro’s colostomy bag.

    • The exiles lost the war and let more than a million Cubans to settle in South Florida for developing the Castroite industries of travels, remittances, and so on. After that the only way out is insult.

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