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Posted on 11/04/2013 9:10:21 AM PST by Dqban22
Bill de Blasios Communist Pals
Posted By Paul Kengor and Spyridon Mitsotakis On November 4, 2013 @ 12:33 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 2 Comments
Reprinted from Spectator.org.
When the New York Times revealed that New York City Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio had been an enthusiastic supporter of Nicaraguas communist Sandinista regime, old arguments from the 1980s were suddenly rekindled, with renewed debate over the nature of that regime. The left once again emerged from the woodwork to insist that the Sandinistas were never bad guys (or even communists) quite the contrary. The Times quickly published letters-to-the-editor whitewashing the Sandinistas tyranny, and one Times blogger went so far as to publish a post declaring: Whatever their failings, the Sandinistas did not impose a repressive regime on their impoverished Central American nation. There was no mass jailing of opponents nor mass execution of opposing soldiers.
Gee, thats good assuming that its even true. Of course, it isnt true.
To cite just once source, the Russian-born scholar, Dr. Jamie Glazov, who came to America as a child when the KGB forced him and his pro-democracy, dissident parents into exile, is among those who beg to differ. Glazov wrote in his book, United in Hate:
The Sandinistas quickly distinguished themselves as one of the worst human rights abusers in Latin America, carrying out approximately 8,000 political executions within three years of the revolution. The number of anti-revolutionary Nicaraguans who disappeared while in Sandinista hands numbered in the thousands. By 1983, the number of political prisoners inside the new Marxist regimes jails was estimated at 20,000. This was the highest number of political prisoners in any nation in the hemisphere except, of course, in Castros Cuba. By 1986, a vicious and violent Sandinista resettlement program forced some 200,000 Nicaraguans into 145 settlements throughout the country. This monstrous social engineering program entailed the designation of free-fire zones in which Sandinista government troops shot and killed any peasant of their choosing.
Not long after the Times exposé, the New York Post published a column reminding New Yorkers of the Sandinistas ugly anti-Semitism another undeniable truth. That was too much for the old Sandalistas (the sandal-wearing Sandinista fellow travelers who haunt the halls of American academe). The Nicaragua Network, of which de Blasio was once a leading member, issued a press release warning its faithful followers that the New York Post resurrects lies about Nicaraguan revolution! The Nicaragua Network assured the faithful that the information about Sandinista anti-Semitism were (naturally) just a bunch of CIA fabrications, and urged them to Send letters to the editor!
That battle cry was sounded. Sandalistas, unite!
Fortunately, some of those who know better are speaking up. Leading the charge is the former leftist-turned-conservative and Cold War scholar Ronald Radosh. In the wake of a short Post article noting that Bill de Blasio ignored (at best) the anti-Semitism of the rulers of Nicaragua during his 1988 visit there, Radosh wrote, his supporters have insisted the Sandinista junta wasnt anti-Semitic. In fact, the record is clear and ugly. Radosh also notes that The official Sandinista newspaper, Barricada, ran an editorial in January 1990 in which it attributed distrust of their country by the Yankee bureaucracy to the traditional Jew-style with which the U.S. Congress manages the taxes of the taxpayers.
That newspaper, Barricada, which made those anti-Semitic remarks (and they werent the only ones), had American subscribers. One of them was Bill de Blasio, who, the New York Times reports, spent time and energy hawking subscriptions to other New Yorkers. Barricada, as Paul Berman reminds us, was the most hardline of the Sandinista publications, and was controlled by Sandinista Ministry of the Interior, Tomás Borge.
American Spectator readers will remember that infamous name from the 1980s. Here is what Radosh reminds us about this character:
Borge had been from the start, even in the period of pretend moderation, the regimes enforcer. He was made minister of the Interior. He named the building which housed state security something that Orwell might have dreamed up in his novel 1984 the Sentinel of the Peoples Happiness, which was proclaimed in a loud banner over the buildings front.
In his post, Borge contracted with the East German government to send a team of Stasi that countrys hated secret police to come to Nicaragua to train his own ministrys agents in the type of techniques they used to control the populace. From East Germany and other Communist regimes in Eastern Europe he obtained advisors, communications equipment, uniforms, and other supplies. But what interested him most was concrete advice on how to use his spies to help concentrate power and give the FSLN complete control of the country. East Germanys Stasi chief sent him a specially selected group of agents who, he promised Borge, would give them the ability and know-how to crush potential civilian opposition to the Sandinista regime.
He also liked to show the press how adept he was at fooling gullible Western fellow-travelers. Borge met them as he did me at one time in the 1980s in his would-be office, behind which was a display of Christian crucifixes and a Bible sitting at his desk. Many would remark when they wrote about him how the hated security chief was really a believing Catholic and a religious individual. When they left, Borge would retreat to his actual office, which is the site at which he worked and which had no visible religious symbols of any kind. Of course, Borge used his ministry to regularly attack the Church, to deport opposition priests, and to give his support to an officially sponsored liberation church whose clerics backed the FSLN.
Liberation Theology, so backed and pushed by the KGB that it was practically a KGB-invention, famously became the center of a major clash between the Sandinistas and Pope John Paul II. When the Pope visited Nicaragua in 1983, the Sandinistas organized a mob to harass him at an open-air Mass in a failed attempt to embarrass him. (The Pope deftly countered them with style and panache and truth.)
Bill de Blasio, not surprisingly, is a follower of Liberation Theology.
Of course, the academy has come out in full-throttle defense of de Blasio. He is their product; hes one of them. He has a degree in Latin American studies, which is no surprise to the two of us. Both of us have rich experiences in dealing with Latin American Studies departments, so we automatically see a red flag. Thats something we could vent about for hours. But, alas, thats another subject for another time.
A subject for the here and how, however, is Bill de Blasio almost certainly New Yorks future mayor and his support of a repressive Marxist regime. That regime was a Soviet/Cuban proxy in Americas backyard.
Fortunately, despite the likes of Bill de Blasio and the Sandinistas fellow travelers in their American lobby, Ronald Reagans support of the Contras in Nicaragua worked. A democratic election eventually took place, and the Sandinistas lost, as communists always do when they dare to (rarely) hold elections. Communism was halted there, as it was elsewhere in Latin America in the 1980s, from Grenada to less-known places like Suriname.
While the people of Latin America rejoiced in their freedom, Bill de Blasio wept for their enslavers. New Yorkers, should take note assuming they even care.
Another one. Probably nothing in here you didn’t know but just in case.
8000 political executions in a country that size is HUGE.
Mexifornia and New Yawk are DC's two test beds for the Marxist Utopia of America. The disease spreads out from these two states and connects in the middle.
Unfortunately, it will only make him all the more popular with the NYC voters.
Barack-—ya see, you’re definitely not alone.
I figured he was probably Mafia.
Think Detroit with Commie thugs.
Well, why shouldn’t NYC elect a Communist as mayor? They were all set to build a mosque next to the site of the WTC. Welcome to Acirema.
I wouldn’t expect anything less from the DNA pool of NYC
Communism responsible for 100 million deaths. Nazism responsible for 25 million. I wonder how many people would vote for Bill duh-Blasio if he wore a Nazi uniform clicked his heels together and yelled Sieg heil! But because he’s a commie it’s perfectly cool and OK. It’s amazing to me how the public it completely brainwashed when it comes to communism. Communism = death, plain and simple. Look at Obama and Obamacare. Already I was reading cancer patients who are in the midst of cancer treatments are having their insurance cancelled, so here we go: People once again are going to lose their lives to communism! That shet is no joke and I directly blame our schools and the media for why we get these subhuman pieces of pig vomit in office. People are just completely in the dark about the horrors of communism.
What do the polls say? I bet you DeBlasio is over 2/3 of the vote...
when John Vliet DeBlasio takes over NYC will be back in hell
New York in the late 60’s and 70’s was a dysfunctional cesspool. Looks like today’s New Yorkers are hell bent to go back to that.
The NYC Jews will vote for him 2:1, also. They voted in that ratio for the Marxist in the White Hut, so what’s the difference?