Cinnamon Stillwell

I’m the West Coast representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum. I was a political columnist for (San Francisco Chronicle online) from 2004-2008. I've written for the Algemeiner, Daily Caller, Washington Examiner, Independent Journal Review, American Thinker, FrontPage Magazine, Jihad Watch, Family Security Matters, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, Jewish Press, J-The Jewish News Weekly of Northern California, and many others.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Michael Moore's Love-Letter to Castro's Dictatorship

Speaking of sickos, Michael Moore's new "documentary" (docuganda is a more apt term) of same name tries to make Cuba's dictatorship look like a healthcare paradise on earth. But as usual, when it comes to much of what constitutes "liberalism" these days, it's really just a case of the enemy of my enemy (i.e. the United States) is my best friend.

In his latest column, Rich Lowry examines "Michael Moore's Sick Propaganda:"

Is all that ails the U.S. health-care system that it's not run by a communist dictatorship? That has long been a premise of apologists for Fidel Castro who extol the virtues of medical care on his totalitarian island nation. Left-wing documentary filmmaker Michael Moore is reviving this Cold War relic of an argument in his new movie on health care, "Sicko," which premieres in a few weeks and favorably compares the Cuban health-care system to ours. Moore ostentatiously took a few sick 9/11 workers to Cuba for care. "If they can do this," Moore told Time magazine, referring to the Cubans, "we can do it." All that the Cuban government has done, however, is run a decades-long propaganda campaign to convince credulous or dishonest people that its health-care system is worth emulating. These people believe -- or pretend to believe for ideological reasons -- that a dictatorship can crush a country's economy and spirit, yet still deliver exemplary medical care.

Cuban health care works only for the select few: if you are a high-ranking member of the party or the military and have access to top-notch clinics; or a health-care tourist who can pay in foreign currency at a special facility catering to foreigners; or a documentarian who can be relied upon to produce a lickspittle film whitewashing the system.

Ordinary Cubans experience the wasteland of the real system. Even aspirin and Pepto-Bismol can be rare and there's a black market for them. According to a report in the Canadian newspaper the National Post: "Hospitals are falling apart, surgeons lack basic supplies and must reuse latex gloves. Patients must buy their sutures on the black market and provide bed sheets and food for extended hospital stays."


The only reason to fantasize about Cuban health care is to stick a finger in the eye of the Yanquis. For the likes of Michael Moore, the true glory of Cuba is less its health care than the fact that it is an enemy of the United States. That's why romanticizing Cuban medicine isn't just folly, but itself qualifies as a kind of sickness.

Read the whole thing.


Blogger The Gentle Cricket said...

Absolutely correct. The truth is that Cuba has a tiered system, where those in favor with the government are afforded mediocre care, and those who are not in favor, get nothing. Why should we believe their healthcare system to be any better than their housing, transportation, food, etc.....situations?

Tuesday, May 22, 2007 7:11:00 PM  
Blogger LewWaters said...

Funny thing about Moore's trip to Cuba, Moore defends taking patients to Cuba.

"Michael Moore defended his decision to take sick 9/11 rescue workers to Cuba for medical treatment for his film Sicko, saying he was just trying to visit the U.S. Guantanamo Bay detention camp after learning that suspected al-Qaeda detainees had access to better health care than many Americans."

And here I thought all we did was torture and mistreat detainees there.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007 9:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Friday, May 25, 2007 9:11:00 AM  
Blogger Cinnamon said...

Hey "anonymous": take your personal attacks elsewhere. They're not wanted around here and such posts will be deleted. Let's just stick to the facts, shall we?

Friday, May 25, 2007 10:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems to me that more people have left Cuba since Fidel took over than have gone there to stay permanently. That tells me a lot about the "workers' paradise." However, our health care system could be improved.

Sunday, May 27, 2007 1:59:00 PM  

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