If Cubans were under the belief that Fidel would liberate them from the oppression of the Batista Regime, they would be sorely mistaken. One dictator was merely being supplanted with another even more oppressive tyrant.
Main picture: Fidel at an outpost in the Sierra Maestra Mountains
One of the hallmarks of all dictators is their aversion to dissension, however timid or mild. By fawningly lauding Castro, the left wing in the West, and the ANC in particular, must concur with Castro’s dictum that “All criticism is opposition” and furthermore that, “All opposition is counter-revolutionary.”
To honour his declaration that he would free the political prisoners of Batista, all of the no more than 1,600 prisoners were freed. Notwithstanding that, within two years, in his ruthless bid to suppress criticism, Castro had incarcerated between 40,000 and 60,000 political prisoners.
Instead of eulogising homages, the world would do well to remember that, at home, Castro was an oppressor, a torturer and a murderer.
The following thirteen facts of the reality of El Commandate’s rule in Cuba should be etched as an obituary onto Castro’s tombstone:
Unfortunately, this is not a just world. Instead of being vilified for his atrocious misdeeds, he will be venerated and exalted especially in the third world. By paradigmatically and slavishly following the Command Economy espoused by Marxist/ Leninism, he consigned countless millions to perpetual poverty around the world.
As if his misdeeds alone are insufficient to ensure that the gates of perdition beckon Castro, would his lifestyle redeem him partially or irrecovably?
Again, one would be disenchanted. On his show last week, David Whitfield reviewed a book by one of Castro’s bodyguards in which he relates tales of the dictator’s double life and breath-taking wealth.
This is surely George Orwell’s Animal Farm REDUX.