Can you believe Ozzie Guillen was suspended only five games for his comments in support of the Cuban dictator, Fulgencio Batista? I am absolutely outraged and will never root for the Florida Marlins again, ever (I am also an old Phillies fan transplanted to Atlanta Braves Country and would love to have seen him banned for life).
How could Mr. Guillen, in the midst of the Cuban-American stronghold of Miami, possibly say anything nice about President Batista? After all, supported by the U.S. government and facing certain electoral defeat, he led a military coup in 1952 and illegally assumed the powers of the presidency in Cuba. What ever happened to democracy and the people’s right to choose? He then proceeded to suspend the Constitution, revoked political liberties, aligned with the wealthiest of landowners, and widened the already massive gap between the rich and poor in Cuba. Illiteracy rates in Cuba were astronomical and health care for the people was non-existent. Batista’s corrupt and repressive regime built close ties with the Mafia and large American multi-national companies to line their pockets and the pockets of their allies. When protests broke out, he censored the media, and ordered his anti-communist secret police, trained in and supplied by the United States, to commit wide-scale violence and torture, responsible for more than 20,000 deaths.
Ozzie, have you learned nothing being in America as long as you have? You can never, ever say anything positive about General Batista. What were you possibly thinking?