No Ideology for Vile Dictators

Monday, December 8, 2014
A series of secret cables released by Argentina's Foreign Ministry reveal the cozy relationship enjoyed by Cuba's (left-wing) and Argentina's (right-wing) military juntas.

These cables document diplomatic exchanges -- and support arrangements -- between Cuban dictator Fidel Castro and Argentine dictator Jorge Rafael Videla.

For example, in 1977, Videla agreed to support Cuba's bid to join the Executive Council of the World Health Organization (WHO), in exchange for Castro's nomination of Argentina to the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council.

And to scratch each other's back there, of course.

To this day, Cuba continues such "back-scratching arrangements" with the world's most vile regimes, i.e., Iran, Syria and North Korea.

Then, in 1982, Castro offered Videla's successor, General Leopoldo Galtieri, direct military support during the Falklands War against the United Kingdom.

In a meeting with Galtieri, former Cuban ambassador to Argentina, Emilio Aragones Navarro, offered to "send a submarine or sink a ship, anything."

"Argentina will not forget it, not now, nor for many years. To Mr. Fidel Castro, tell him I appreciate the spontaneous, decisive and firm gesture that he has had," replied a grateful Argentine dictator.

Previously, Brazilian intelligence had revealed that Cuba's dictatorship ran a clandestine arms network to Argentina, organized by the former Soviet Union, with the participation of Brazil, Peru, Libya and Angola.

Arms smuggling and fomenting strife in the Americas -- to North Korea and Venezuela, respectively -- are also activities Cuba's regime continues to this day.