Castro is dead, too bad an evil monster like him was ever born. Thousands of Cubans are celebrating, as they should, and people who grasp how evil Marxism is, join their celebration. The leftist media of course, and by the leftist media I mean MSNBS, is doing their best to sugarcoat Castro’s evil.
Fidel Castro, the cigar-chomping Cuban revolutionary leader and dictator who defied U.S. efforts to topple him for five decades, has died
Ah, yes, he “defied” the United States, yes, he was brutal to his people, but that is OK, because he defied America
The bearded communist took power in a 1959 revolution and ruled Cuba for 49 years with a mix of charisma and iron will, creating a one-party state and becoming a central figure in the Cold War.
So, he was a man with charisma, and an iron will. Yes, lots of innocent people were imprisoned, and died under his evil government, but let us focus on his “charisma”
To millions of his supporters, he was an icon of social justice who aimed to turn Cuba into a model of universal education and free health care for every citizen. But he was reviled by countless others, who saw him as an unrepentant tyrant, concerned principally with his iron grip on power.
Ah yes, social justice! Free health care, and universal education! No matter how awful that health care actually is, no matter that free education is worthless when people are not free to say or read what they wish. No matter that Cubans, today average an income of $20 a MONTH! What matters to social justice warriors is equality folks. And an equality of destitution, slavery to the state, and poverty is fine with them.
Of course, MSNBS did manage, barely, to point out Castro was not totally perfect
Castro tolerated little dissent, jailed opponents, seized private businesses and monopolized the media.
Talk about soft selling Castro’s barbarity! Good Freaking Grief. Babalu Blog offers up a more realistic view of Castro. I guess MSNBS was too busty weeping to tell Castro’s real story. A story that continues today. A story not of hope, but of democide A story the Left insists on not telling. Like they do not tell the real story of Che Guevara, a close buddy of Castro, The story of Castro must be told. He was evil, as all Marxists are. Castro is a perfect example of what Marxist fanatics, left to their own devices, are capable of. No amount of whitewashing can change that. This report from CNN from a few years ago offers some final perspective
Older Cubans still recount with great pain their memories of Castro’s infamous “paredons,” or firing squads, to which he summarily subjected thousands of his enemies at the beginning of his revolution. As Amnesty International’s reports document, the terror, torture and repression that Cubans continue to experience under Castro’s brutal regime seem boundless. Activists against the regime are held for days in detention centers subject to “interrogations, intimidation, and threats. Beatings during detention have also been reported.”
Dr. Bernie Fernandez, a renowned Cuban-American doctor in Miami and CEO of the Cleveland Clinic Florida, recalled that when he was 5 and living in Cuba, his father Bernardo, a doctor, became disillusioned with the Castro regime and sought permission to emigrate. This sole act was considered treason, and he was summarily sent to a forced labor camp indefinitely.
The Cuban police took an inventory of the family’s possessions — thereby taking ownership of them on paper — and Bernie and his mom and sister were forced to survive on their own. Seven years later Bernardo was released. In 1973, when Bernie was 12, Castro’s police conducted another inventory to seize their possessions before letting them leave Cuba.
Bernie Fernandez chokes up remembering how he boarded the plane in a shirt and pants cut out from a sack of potatoes. The family arrived in Spain, penniless. Fernandez eventually made it to Miami, where he struggled to learn English and make something of himself. “Our experience,” he says now, “was mild compared to millions of other Cuban-Americans.”
I guess MSNBS missed all of that while they were eulogizing Castro