At the same time we can remember the demise of one of the last century’s most important revolutionary, Fidel Castro. He made a significant impact in both good and bad, and we would remember him with utmost respect more, if he would have relinquished power sooner, and allow the country to open up during the millennium, because a similar Batista-like military dictatorship would not be coming back.
Never mind the fact that the man was a cruel, cold hearted murderer (during the height of the purge eighteen thousand people were executed). The former Finnish FM pays no respects to those who were brutally treated and done away with. He’s a disgrace. Donald Trump however does an excellent job in summing the tyrant up:
“Fidel Castro’s legacy,” said Donald Trump in a statement, “is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights. While Cuba remains a totalitarian island, it is my hope that today marks a move away from the horrors endured for too long, and toward a future in which the wonderful Cuban people finally live in the freedom they so richly deserve.”
Ted Cruz also has excellent (very personal) observations on the dead tyrant:
Finally, I had the honor last summer to meet with Dr. Oscar Biscet, an early truth-teller about the disgusting practice of post-birth abortions in Cuba who has been repeatedly jailed and tortured for his fearless opposition to the Castros. I asked him, as I had asked Senores Farinas and Sanchez, whether his ability to travel signaled growing freedom on the island. He answered just as they had three years earlier: “No.” In fact, he said, the repression had grown worse since the “thaw” with America. Didn’t we realize, he wondered, that all those American dollars were flowing into the Castros’ pockets, and funding the next generation of their police state?
That is the true legacy of Fidel Castro — that he was able to institutionalize his dictatorship so it would survive him.
There is a real danger that we will now fall into the trap of thinking Fidel’s death represents material change in Cuba. It does not. The moment to exert maximum pressure would have been eight years ago, when his failing health forced him to pass control to his brother Raul. But, rather than leverage the transition in our favor, the Obama administration decided to start negotiations with Raul in the mistaken belief that he would prove more reasonable than his brother (an unfortunate pattern they repeated with Kim Jong-un, Hassan Rouhani, and Nicolas Maduro). Efforts to be diplomatically polite about Fidel’s death suggest the administration still hopes Raul can be brought round.
- Ted Cruz: No U.S. Officials Should Attend Fidel Castro’s Funeral