While the United States and the former colonial powers in Europe move to secure their borders against Ebola, a communist brigade has landed in Sierra Leone.
No, the commies didn’t send 3,000 soldiers to shoot the virus or to shoot anyone sick who dares approach them; they sent doctors.
“That Cuba, that impoverished island nation with a GDP of $6,051 per capita, is leading the effort says much about the international response. A brigade of 165 Cuban health workers arrived in Sierra Leone last week, the first batch of a total of 461. In sharp contrast, western governments have appeared more focused on stopping the epidemic at their borders rather than actually stemming it in west Africa. The international effort now struggling to keep ahead of the burgeoning cases might have nipped the outbreak in the bud had it come earlier.”
There has been a steady background noise surrounding Ebola for months but it wasn’t until two Americans caught it and were flown back to the U.S. that anyone here gave a rat’s ass. Africans could die by the thousands but hey – it wasn’t our problem was it?
“The fact that thousands of deaths in Africa are treated as a statistic, and that one or two patients inside our borders are reported in all their individual pain, should be cause for reflection.” The media could see hundreds of black Africans writhing in agaony in a ward and focus only on two white faces.
It’s not the first time Cuba has played an outsized role in a major disaster. Its government may be beset by allegations of human rights abuse, but its contribution to relief brigades is unrivaled: currently, some 50,000 Cuban-trained health workers are spread over 66 countries. Cuba provided the largest medical contingent after the Haiti earthquake disaster in 2010, providing care to almost 40% of the victims.
Meanwhile we send soldiers – to protect our interest in the mineral wealth of West Africa, get there before the Chinese and prop up pro-Western stooges. We’ll see how many hospitals they’ll build. Sometimes it seems the West would just as soon see Africa de-populated; the fewer the better.
Sierra Leone president Ernest Bai Koroma personally welcomed the Cuban delegation in the capital Freetown. “This is a friendship that we have experienced since the 1970s and today you have demonstrated that you are a great friend of the country,” he said as they gathered in a room draped with the Cuban flag.
“Today the fading signposts with Spanish street names, peeling posters with improbable slogans (“Viva la revolución siempre!” – long live the revolution, always – says one in Freetown) and a love of salsa music remain across much of west Africa.”
Memories of Che.
That little nation of 11 million, those commies, are there first – again. You won’t read about it or see it on the six o’clock news.