Monday, February 06, 2006

God Bless Cuba

Around the world people are rioting, embassies are burning, the Attorney General testified on NSA surveillance, and the President submitted a budget that cuts 140 social programs and taxes for the rich, but the news that really caught my eye was that Cuba and the US have gone mano a mano in a heated propaganda battle.

The brief version is as follows: the US mission put up an electronic signboard posting news and human rights messages with quotes from people like Abraham Lincoln and Mahatma Gandhi. Cuba responded by blocking its view with a mysterious construction project and putting up anti-American billboards. Today, the mysterious construction project was revealed -- 138 flag poles, each flying a black flag with a single white star to commemorate Cubans killed by the actions of the American government. Conveniently, these flags block the signboard from view.

Man, you have to love the unfree press. Without investigative journalism you have so much more capacity for surprise; without dissent there's no public opinion to stop you from doing hilarious stuff like this. I love it. Maybe Americans could adopt this tactic - pro-lifers could plant trees in front of abortion clinics, and the separation of church and state folks could beam quotes from the Constitution onto displays of the Ten Commandments.


Blogger leftside said...

It is quite clear from either from looking at the photos - or basic geometry, that this solemn memorial to terrorism simply DOES NOT block much of the message at all. I know you probably haven't looked at all the photos like I have, but this shameless lie that keeps getting repeated the media needs to stop. If they really wanted to block it they could have with lights, a wall, or made em take it down. They would have also wanted to block the viedw from the Malecon - a major highway and public gathering point.

It may seem like a small thing, but these small things perpetuate the average person's brain about Cuba,

1:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah gurgly stop trying to make Cuba look bad, they are a beacon of hope for the world. They have never done anything wrong, it is all propaganda just like the holocaust...cubans are swesome, especially freakishly tall ones.

8:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I looked at all the photos, and now I understand your point better. Gurgly has made the huge faux pas of finding irony in the reported news, rather than finding her own truth (or yours).

my conclusion from the photos: Whether U.S. is right or wrong in its Cuban policy, political societies built on the culture of one man (in this case Castro) are not a good thing.

8:48 AM  
Blogger gurgly said...

Thanks for sending the photos, leftside. I don't necessarily agree, though, that they don't block the sign. It's true that you can still see that there is a sign, but I don't think the pictures clear up whether or not it is readable. The pictures in which the sign is fully visible were taken from in front of the flags.

That said, I think two things can be true at once: I agree with you that the flags are a worthy memorial to (U.S.) terrorism, but the memorial was constructed specifically to thwart the U.S.'s attempts to send their messages.

3:05 PM  

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