Friday, March 05, 2010

A reality check for useful idiots

Here's a trio of stories that should be opening the eyes of all those do-gooders who think that their support of dictators is actually a brave stance for helping the little people.

Despite promised reforms, communist Cuba still can't produce enough food to feed people. Do all those useful idiots who fly down to Cuba and talk about how well things are run there even understand such things?

Alvaro Vargas Llosa follows up on the story of the computers and hard drives that Colombian forces recovered from their invasion of a FARC guerrilla camp. It turns out that there was massive evidence of how Venezuela was supporting these terrorists who had connections and terrorist plots in 15 countries, including Spain which is now prosecuting those terrorists. Once again, the useful idiots should be learning who these guys are that they've been embracing.

Who'd have imagined such a thing? A lot of the money collected by the well-meaning artists for Live Aid back in 1984 was siphoned off to send arms to the rebels against the genocidal army of Mengistu Haile Mariam that was responsible for so much of the famine that Live Aid was trying to ameliorate. At the time analysts said that the Ethiopian famine was a man-made event and that throwing money in there to help people would not necessarily reach the people who were starving. While much of the Live Aid money did help people, a whole lot of it went to the very people who were causing the famine in the first place.