06 December 2006

Christmas Cheer Fidel Style

Those of us who have children can tell you that there's nothing like the look on their faces on Christmas morning when they realize that Santa has come and answered their letters.

But, not in Cuba where innocence and childhood's wonder are lost at a very early age. Not in Cuba where Christmas was banned. Not in Christams where by the fith grade you get to assemble an AK-47 and when you get to middle school you get to go to "country school" away from your parents to work in the fields.

from the Contra Costa Times by TOM PURCELL

Santa Claus? No, Virginia, not in Cuba

DESPITE HIS failing health, Fidel Castro took time to publicly respond to a letter from a little girl. The letter and response were published in Granma, Cuba's Communist Party newspaper.

Dear Presidente, I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is a Santa Claus. Papa says, "If you see it in the Communist Party paper Granma, it's so." Please tell me the truth, Presidente Fidel, is there a Santa Claus?

Virginia O'Hanlon

Dear Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been misled by the lies and mistruths of Yankee capitalist pigs. Their tiny little minds prevent them from seeing the real truth -- the truth that lives only in Cuba.

In this great universe of ours, man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect as compared with the boundless world about him. Only Fidel can comprehend the mysteries of the universe -- that is why Fidel makes decisions for the 11 million people in our most glorious country.

No, Virginia, there is no Santa Claus. Santa Claus is a myth created by organized religion many years ago. Religious people glorified the generosity of a bishop named Saint Nicholas so that powerful church elders could delude the helpless masses into servitude. It is because religion is evil that Fidel closed all the Catholic schools after he liberated Cuba.

Read the rest here. Pathetically Funny. The last line is a classic:
I hope I answered your question, Virginia. Now Fidel has a question for you: What are the names and addresses of the friends who have been telling you lies about Santa?

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