[Marxism] Operation Fangio

Joaquín Bustelo jbustelo at gmail.com
Sun Jul 13 15:16:59 MDT 2008

   There we go again. The damned Google Mail web interface. As some of
you may have gathered from one or another of my posts in the last two
months, I am --as my son Luke gleefully pointed out, he thought of it,
not I-- an "internally displaced person."

On Sun, Jul 13, 2008 at 3:21 PM, Walter Lippmann <walterlx at earthlink.net> wrote:
> PLEASURE ISLAND: Tourism and Temptation in Cuba
> by Rosalie Schwartz
> University of Nebraska Press 1997
> Fangio had only praise for his captors; in fact, given the
> tragedy in the race, he told reporters, they may have saved
> his life. Major media outlets in Europe and the Americas
> repeated his appreciative wont, Joe Brown's televised
> first-round knockout became a footnote to Ili, amazing and
> tragic Gran Premio story.
> The audacious kidnapping had even more power than
> explosives Manuel Garcia could not have done better. Castro
> and his supporters already had denounced the government for
> wasting money on big sports events instead of aiding the
> unemployed. They had openly threatened to cripple Cuba's
> most important sports contest in order to embarrass Batista
> and force him to call off the race. They had circulated
> bulletins for three days, warning Cubans to stay off the
> streets and away from public spectacles. To reinforce their
> point, they had hurled phosphorus bombs into seats and
> aisles of Radio Centro Theater in the heart of Havana.
> Twenty-five years later, on 24 February 1983, Fangio
> received a cable in his office at Mercedes Benz
> headquarters in Buenos Aires: "On the occasion of the
> twenty-fifth anniversary of your historic encounter with
> the Twenty-sixth of July Movement, we remember you fondly
> and wish you health and well-being. That episode, more than
> a kidnapping and patriotic detention, together with your
> noble attitude and fair understanding, served the cause of
> our people, who feel great kindness for you and in whose
> name we salute you at the end of a quarter of a century. In
> hopes of seeing you again in Cuba, your friendly
> kidnappers."
> Faustino Perez Hernandez, the Cuban official who signed the
> cable, had headed the successful 1958 kidnapping operation.
> He had accompanied Castro on the Granma, the boat that had
> carried the rebels from Mexico to Cuba in December 1956.
> They had hidden together for days, almost afraid to breathe
> for fear of discovery by the soldiers who hunted them. They
> had made their way to the Sierra Maestra, and when Castro
> stayed to build the guerrilla movement in mountains, Perez
> had returned to Havana as a member of the twenty-sixth of
> July Movement's national directorate.
> (The story is a good deal longer than this.)
> http://www.walterlippmann.com/docs1121.html
> Also:
> Juventud Rebelde
> February 23, 2006
> The Fangio kidnapping
> by Armando Hart
> http://www.walterlippmann.com/docs413.html
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