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U.S. Soldiers: Posada Carriles, Juan Carlos Castillón and Ernesto Hernández Busto

Left to right: BFFs Posada Carriles, Castillón & Hernández Busto

U.S. Soldiers: Posada, Castillón and Hernández Busto

Posada Carriles: U.S. citizen by virtue of “spilt” blood, according to Castillón

Enrique Ubieta Gómez, La Isla Desconocidaespañol

Translation: Machetera / Tlaxcala

From time to time, one has to be grateful to [Ernesto] Hernández Busto for the clues he leaves in his blog about the darker regions of his little brain.  Today he posted a priceless article by Juan Carlos Castillón – a regular collaborator of his, and I suppose, a friend.  Let’s see, it’s titled “Bambi, acquitted.”  The author, apparently distanced from Posada, nevertheless dedicates all of his argumentative efforts to justifying him:  “In good conscience I can’t approve of many of the things that he’s done, but I admire the fact that a man, alone, or with the help of very few friends, at an age when many of them are in nursing homes, has taken upon his shoulders the work of keeping alive a Cold War in which those who were his bosses no longer believe.  Is Posada in the right?  He was in his day.”  Castillón talks without embarrassment about the legitimacy of a dirty war “against communism,” and elevates Posada to hero status; when he says that “he was right,” it is a reference to an era in which a bipolar world still existed, to the years in which the man he admires and defends plotted the mid-air bombing of a Cuban passenger airliner and caused the death of the 73 persons on board.  But there are also some fragments where Castillón says who he, Posada, and Hernández Busto serve:

“A (USAmerican) society to which Posada rightfully belongs, no matter how much it bothers his critics in Havana, Caracas and the United States itself.  The French legionnaires, who may become citizens once they’ve performed certain duties, often say that they are French by blood, not inherited blood, but through spilt blood.  This is true.  Few fight harder for their adopted countries than immigrants.  U.S. history has plenty of examples (…) Posada Carriles has been a U.S. soldier in times of war and this gives him the right to be in the United States.  Because Posada, despite having fought on a different battlefield, is not all that different from other soldiers.  Although we may have forgotten it and put it away in that drawer where bothersome mementos are kept, the Cold War was a real war.  A war in which plenty of exiles participated in order to oppose the governments who led their nations (…) Many Cuban American exiles sympathize with Posada Carriles because he was a combatant in that war.”

They were men, Castillon finally admits, “who enlisted in ‘The Company’ or supported it, in order to struggle for their countries by fighting for the United States.”  “The Company” is what the CIA is often called.  I’ve never read a more open argument.  The fascists Castillón and Hernández Busto admit frankly that they are U.S. soldiers, in a war against the governments that lead their countries; that they have enlisted with the CIA to fight for the United States.

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Proof positive

gal_6541“The Russian Revolution was the tangible proof needed by the earth’s damned, to be sure that Marx’s dream was not an illusion” Español

An interview with Spanish writer Manuel Talens on the 92nd anniversary of the October Revolution

By Salvador López Arnal

English translation: Machetera

From its first day, the October Revolution was a reference point for the international and internationalist labor movement as well as the socialist organizations that hadn’t surrendered in the face of the militarism and longings for conquest demonstrated by the powerful of the earth. It was also a celebrated reference point. The acts that were organized in homage to that glorious date, November 7th, are still remembered by many revolutionary fighters. Since the disintegration of the USSR, since the savage capitalist counterrevolution’s victory in the land of Gorky and Mayakovsky, even here, at this red website, forgetfulness lives, an unjust and suicidal forgetfulness. To remember this date, to speak about the meaning of that socialist revolution, we conversed with Spanish writer, scientist, translator and militant Manuel Talens. Continue reading