Byline: Humberto Fontova, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Embracing a recent invitation by the Castro brothers, Jimmy Carter visited Cuba last week. We greeted each other as old friends, gushed the former president after his meeting with Fidel Castro.
In 2002, we received him warmly, Fidel reciprocated. Now, I reiterated to him our respect and esteem.
Jimmy Carter was the best of all U.S. presidents, gushed Raul Castro while personally seeing off his American guest.
Jimmy Carter earned all this warmth, esteem and joviality from Cuba's Stalinist rulers by doing everything within his power to dismantle the so-called embargo against them. The embargo of Cuba is the stupidest law ever passed in the U.S. , he said in 2002. And yet, as president, Mr. Carter imposed more economic sanctions against more nations than any other American president in modern history. These sanctions were against Chile, Iran, Rhodesia, Nicaragua, South Africa, Paraguay and Uruguay. Mr. Carter was extremely selective in imposing his sanctions - let's give him that. He was careful to punish only U.S. allies.
In Cuba, Mr. Carter also took time to visit and console some bereaved Cuban families. According to the Black Book of Communism (no tome of the vast, right-wing conspiracy, much less of the Miami Mafia ) Mr. Carter's Cuban hosts murdered 12,000 to 14,000 Cubans by firing squad. According to Freedom House, more than half a million Cubans have suffered in the Castros' various gulags, dungeons and torture chambers, an incarceration rate higher than Josef Stalin's. According to the scholars and researchers at the Cuba Archive, the Castro regime's total death toll - from torture, prison beatings, firing squads, machine-gunning of escapees, drownings, etc.-approaches 100,000.
So Mr. Carter would seem to have little trouble in finding bereaved Cuban families to meet. And he did meet the grieving families of some Cuban-born prisoners. But these prisoners were serving time in U.S. prisons, after being convicted by U.S. juries for espionage against the nation that elected Jimmy Carter president and for conspiracy to murder fellow citizens. These Cubans, you see, are the ones who tugged at Mr. Carter's heartstrings.
Some background: On Sept. 14, 1998, the FBI uncovered a Castro spy ring in Miami and arrested 10 people. Five were convicted by U.S. juries (from which Cuban-Americans were scrupulously excluded) and became known as the Cuban Five in Castroite parlance.
According to the FBI's affidavit, these Castro agents were engaged in, among other acts:
* Gathering intelligence against the Boca Chica Air Naval Station in Key West, the McDill Air Force Base in Tampa and the headquarters of the U.S. Southern Command in Homestead, Fla.
* Compiling the names, home addresses and medical files of the U.S. Southern Command's top officers, along with those of hundreds of officers stationed at Boca Chica.
* Infiltrating the headquarters of the …