Fidel Castro has become a revered figure of the left as the “godfather” of today’s socialist ideology. He has mentored all of the world’s most important tinpot dictators, he has met with Hollywood royalty, and he has been praised by the effete liberal elite.
But today Castro’s long journey has finally ended at the age of 90.
Fidel Castro was responsible for the deaths of thousands of innocents. He was responsible for the unjust imprisonment of thousands. He persecuted Christians, capitalists, democratic activists, homosexuals, and anyone else he didn’t like. He and his subordinates murdered fathers, mothers, children. They raped, pillaged, stole, and abused anyone who got in their way.
The world will be a better place with Castro dead and gone, and in that we find his truest legacy.
There are not many men who have made such a profound impact on our planet and yet, the best we can say of them is… “he’s dead.” Fidel Castro is such a one. While he has destroyed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people, and had a detrimental effect on the lives of countless millions, his greatest impact comes now that he is dead. Because as a dead man… he can’t hurt anyone else.
Ding dong. The witch is dead.
Former President Fidel Castro, who led a rebel army to improbable victory in Cuba, embraced Soviet-style communism and defied the power of 10 U.S. presidents during his half century rule, has died at age 90.
With a shaking voice, his younger brother, Raul Castro, announced on state television that his brother died at 10:29 p.m. on Friday night…
Within months, Castro was imposing radical economic reforms. Members of the old government went before summary courts, and at least 582 were shot by firing squads over two years. Independent newspapers were closed and in the early years, homosexuals were herded into camps for “re-education.”
In 1964, Castro acknowledged holding 15,000 political prisoners. Hundreds of thousands of Cubans fled, including Castro’s daughter Alina Fernandez Revuelta and his younger sister Juana…
Castro cobbled revolutionary groups together into the new Cuban Communist Party, with him as first secretary. Labor unions lost the right to strike. The Catholic Church and other religious institutions were harassed. Neighborhood “revolutionary defense committees” kept an eye on everyone.
Castro exported revolution to Latin American countries in the 1960s, and dispatched Cuban troops to Africa to fight Western-backed regimes in the 1970s. Over the decades, he sent Cuban doctors abroad to tend to the poor, and gave sanctuary to fugitive Black Panther leaders from the U.S.
But the collapse of the Soviet bloc ended billions in preferential trade and subsidies for Cuba, sending its economy into a tailspin.