I almost feel sorry for Luis Ferrao.
He had a Ph.D. after his name.
A French degree that no one could pronounce, let alone understand.
But in the words Honoré de Balzac: behind every great fortune, there is a great crime.
Ferrao committed his crime 25 years ago and thousands of miles away. He declared Pedro Albizu Campos to be a “FASCIST,” and the U.S. State Department rewarded him handsomely for it:
In other words, Ferrao’s career is based on a lie…a great and vicious lie.
It is built on smoke and mirrors, and the smoke is running out.
All over the world, people are discovering the heroism and sacrifice of Don Pedro, and realizing that Don Pedro was right: that Puerto Rico is miserable because it is a colony.
But Ferrao continues to manipulate and deceive, hoping no one will see through his scam, like the raggedy old man in The Wizard of Oz.
Unfortunately for Ferrao he pushed his luck too far, and lied about the wrong man.
In the words of Honoré de Balzac (after a few Ron del Barrilitos): le salió el tiro por la culata.
The University of Puerto Rico has just published “The Many Lies of Luis Ferrao,” by Nelson A. Denis.
Here is the full text:
As I wrote earlier, I almost feel sorry for Luis Ferrao.
Then I remember what he did to Don Pedro.