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Fidel Castro’s death was polarizing, but some of the reaction was inappropriate

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Fidel Castro is dead.

The long time dictator of Cuba passed away this weekend at the age of 90.

His rule spanned 6 decades, his rage resulted in countless deaths, and the individual choices he made as a sovereign leader will forever stain his legacy.

Castro has been beefing with the western world since JFK was President, and the proxy war between the Soviet Union and the United States was complicated for years because of Cuba.

The Bay of Pigs, the Cuban Missile crisis, the extra judicial executions of political dissidents.

According to Quora, Castro may have been responsible the deaths of 100,000 Cuban Nationals.

Those are just the people that died, what about the millions that were prevented from leaving Cuba in search of a better life?

Quora estimated that 76,000 people died attempting to flee the country..

That is pure evil, he slaughtered the citizens that wanted to live in a different political system.

Castro’s socialist rule was defined by the restraints on the people, any Cuban defector can attest to that.

Imagine if the President of the United States did not allow anyone to leave for the better part of 50 years, and those that did try to escape were given the harshest of penalties.

Think about how that would have stunted our growth as a people, and a country.

Castro was many things.

A murderer, a gangster, a revolutionary.

An emperor.

Castro’s legacy is not all negative in the minds of his supporters.

He elevated the stature of his country, be it through shadowy and nefarious means.

Castro made a series of geopolitical moves during his formative years on the job.

The departed leader made Cuba a player on the world stage, he raised the profile of his land, and commanded respect almost right away.

As mentioned before, Castro was of the Marxist Leninism theology, so his union with Soviets was scary news for much of the world, and Castro pressed that advantage on a routine basis.

Castro did make gains in social reform, he was a surprisingly big proponent of education, building schools and classrooms within months of taking power.

Castro bought almost a 1000 acres in Cuba, and turned it over to working class citizens for nothing.

He gave those people a life, which is a nice change considering all the lives he took.

Castro was an academic, obtaining a law degree in his younger years, and publishing opinions that have resonated with millions of citizens all over the world.

Castro was seen by other Marxist governments as a visionary, Fidel was routinely called upon to advise revolutionary groups that wished to follow his lead.

Castro took his position by force, he disagreed with both the political system, and the plight of all Cubans, and waged one of the most electrifying revolutions in history.

Some saw him as a liberator, despite the fact that he clearly was a conqueror.

Castro’s legacy is a mixed bag.

He comitted political genocide against his own people, but he forced judges and politicans to take a paycut in favor of paying the citizens more money.

Whatever you believe about this man, however you see him, the fact remains that when he died, he was not toting weapons, or hiding nuclear missiles in Cuba.

He was an old sick man, that lived a full life, and hung on longer than anyone ever imagined.

Many in the intelligence community wanted this man dead 50 years ago.

Castro was the Freddy Krueger of geopolitics, no matter how many times they attempted too, they just could not seem to kill him.

Many in America see Castro as a vindictave criminal, they view his death as a progression for society as a whole.

There is merit to that statement historically, but some  of what was dropped on the internet yesterday was over the top.

When I first saw Trump’s tweet, I thought to myself “what a jerk”.

Upon further reflection, I realized Trump was attempting to politicize the event.

He sees the situation as a chance to appeal to Cuba in general, because there is many of them who are excited about this news.

So Trump’s tweet while bone headed, was very purposeful, and likely had nothing to do with is actual feelings about Castro.

Because Trump and Castro would have gotten along, the written record is proof enough of that.

(R)Senator Marco Rubio meanwhile crushed Fidel Castro upon news of his death, as did many other US politicans

From CNN

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio called Castro an “evil, murderous dictator who inflicted misery & suffering on his own people.”

“Over six decades, millions of Cubans were forced to flee their own country, and those accused of opposing the regime were routinely jailed and even killed,” said the former Republican presidential candidate whose parents were Cuban immigrants.

“Sadly, Fidel Castro’s death does not mean freedom for the Cuban people or justice for the democratic activists, religious leaders, and political opponents he and his brother have jailed and persecuted. The dictator has died, but the dictatorship has not,” Rubio added.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said “the cruelty and oppression” of Castro’s regime should die with him.

I understand the pure anger that the American establishment feels towards Castro.

I cannot imagine how the victims of his rule must feel, those that are actually still alive must be rejoicing.

In fact they are, many Cuban citizens hit the streets like it was New Years Eve when this news broke.

Fidel was no beacon of light, he was not complicated, he was not controversial, he was as advertised.

A brutal dictator.

But since when is it common place to celebrate the death of anyone?

Did I miss something?

Or did much of society treat Castro’s death like it was the Cubs winning the pennant?

I am not among them.

Much like when Bin Laden died, I was relieved, I hoped it could change the world for the better.

But I did not run outside, and start chanting USA.

That does not sit right with me.

Remembering his dastardly deeds is essential, but using it to make headlines comes off as a cheap hustle.

 

 

 

 

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