There has been no better end to the long list of high-profile deaths in 2016 than the death of the infamous dictator: Fidel Castro. Dying at the age of 90, Castro has committed an innumerable amount of atrocities throughout his rein on the communist island – but many have forgotten this. Even worse – they applaud it! One would think that a century of having to watch on as political enemies are killed or worse, we could at least recognize Castro for what he was: a brutal homicidal dictator. In case we need reminding, I will list his worst crimes and follow it up with those who mourn this monster’s death.
It is well known that within the Cuban Communist Revolution – and every Communist Revolution – there were thousands murdered for the sake of the revolution. The more well known mass murderers like Stalin, Pol Pat, and Hitler killed more in number, but the ratio of body count to Cuban population is devastating. British historian Hugh Thomas estimates at least 5,000 executions before 1970 – 2,113 of them being public executions. Other researchers believe even more were killed after 1970. Political professor at the University of Hawaii, Rudolph J. Rummel estimated about 15,000 deaths from 1958 – 1980. The lucky victims of his bloody thirsty aggression were deported or fled to Florida where they are still celebrating his death to this day.
That was his biggest crime, but because some seem to think a few thousands dead is forgivable, let me list out some of the details of his purging. We cannot forget that he did try and stop the family’s of political enemies as they fled the island. He even sank the tugboat “13 de Marzo” and killed the women and children aboard. If anyone is horrified at the images of the Syrian refugees dying in their trek to Europe, then please remember: this was right off the coast of Florida. In addition to murder, Fidel also has another shocking similarity to Hitler and Stalin: Concentration Camps. The Castro regime called them “Military Units to Aid Production” or UMAPs. They were forced agricultural labor camps used to imprison the family’s of suspected political crimes. If that isn’t enough to condemn this man, maybe his crimes against the gay community will. About 10% of inmates in the camps were homosexual men that he regarded as “anti-social” or “counter revolutionary”. In 1967, a human rights organization, the “Organization of American States” reported that over 30,000 inmates were “forced to work for free in state farms from 10 to 12 hours a day, from sunrise to sunset, seven days per week, poor alimentation with rice and spoiled food, unhealthy water, unclean plates, congested barracks, no electricity, latrines, no showers, inmates are given the same treatment as political prisoners.” The atrocities are so bad even the deplorable dictator himself admitted in an interview that “yes, there were moments of great injustice, great injustice!” Can you imagine a more greasy pitiful worm of a man?
If one can imagine, in the year 2016, these war crimes are being over looked. Let me being a short list of those who forgotten the thousands who have died at Castro’s hands or actually praised him.
President Barack Obama did not mention any crimes and merely said, “History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him”
Fidel Castro had received three Popes throughout his life time: Pope Benedict XVI, Pope John Paul II, and Pope Francis. None of them condemning the crimes committed to his own people – many of them members of the Catholic church! Maybe god had a special plan for them? here is what Pope Francis had to say about Castro:
“Upon receiving the sad news of the death of your dear brother, His Excellency Mister Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz, former president of the State Council and of the Government of the Republic of Cuba, I express my sentiments of sorrow to Your Excellency and other family members of the deceased dignitary, as well as to the people of this beloved nation”
Green Party Presidential candidate speaks volumes about her own values by tweeting “Fidel Castro was a symbol of the struggle for justice in the shadow of empire. Presente!”
Surprisingly, Clinton recently called out Sanders regarding his past praise of Fidel’s Cuba when he said, “revolution of values’ in Cuba, and talked about how people were working for the common good, not for themselves”. The shameful praise was defended by Sanders, but the fact that he defended a murderer and called out by a liar, stains his idea of freedom.
Other politicians who gave condolences to the Cuban Dictator include, but are not limited to: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, the United Kingdom’s Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, Irish President Michael Higgins, and Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei.
Fidel Castro must join the growing list of the anti democratic dictators throughout history if we wish to keep a stern and noble expectation of freedom in the future. How can we set an example for Democracy while praising dictators? How can the catholic Church claim to be representing god while praising those who kill his children? If you are a fan of Liberty, we need to come together in unison to draw a line in the sand. This will keep democracy healthy, and our conscience clean.