Friday, May 29, 2009 at 4:05 p.m.
Gustavo Villoldo, an ex-CIA operative who claims to have personally buried Che Guevara, was awarded a settlement today of $1 billion from Guevara and Fidel Castro by Miami-Dade Judge Peter Adrian. Villoldo claims that the pair was personally responsible for his father's suicide. It's the largest civil judgment against the Cuban government.
Villoldo's father owned a GE distributorship on the island which became a main target of the duo when they decided to whip any remnant of capitalism from the island. Three weeks after he was notified his business would be seized in 1959 he downed a bottle of sleeping pills in order to commit suicide.
Of course, Villoldo has little hope of actually collecting the money. Then there's the question of whether or not he should actually deserve $1 billion. Considering millions of people have been effected by the failed Castro regime (do they all deserve $1 billion?), and no one forced Villoldo's father to swallow the pills.
Fidel and Che's economic policies are undoubtedly wrong, if not evil, but if we started awarding billions of dollars to the families of suicide victims spurred by crappy economic policies, who would pay for all those Wall Street suicides