Fidel Castro has died. He ruled Cuba with an iron fist, and was responsible for untold suffering. He treated the LGBT community abhorrently:
Perez’s unsparing view of the Cuban Revolution was earned through his two years of toil at one of the misnamed “Military Units to Aid Production” during the 1960s. Gay men were sent to these facilities for conversion, for punishment, and as a kind of deterrence. After doing his time at what amounted to forced labor, Perez was rewarded by having his identification card “branded” with his incarceration and thereby shut out of education and employment.
Other stories from the early days of the revolution were equally harrowing, some even worse. One unidentified trans woman explains that she wears sunglasses because of an incident long ago. She then removes the glasses to show an eye bleached by acid that was thrown in her face.
He used firing squads, kept the Cuban people in poverty, and created a repressive system that punished anyone who dared to dissent.
On his passing my Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, had this to say:
“It is with deep sorrow that I learned today of the death of Cuba’s longest serving President.
“Fidel Castro was a larger than life leader who served his people for almost half a century. A legendary revolutionary and orator, Mr. Castro made significant improvements to the education and healthcare of his island nation.
“While a controversial figure, both Mr. Castro’s supporters and detractors recognized his tremendous dedication and love for the Cuban people who had a deep and lasting affection for “el Comandante”.
“I know my father was very proud to call him a friend and I had the opportunity to meet Fidel when my father passed away. It was also a real honour to meet his three sons and his brother President Raúl Castro during my recent visit to Cuba.
“On behalf of all Canadians, Sophie and I offer our deepest condolences to the family, friends and many, many supporters of Mr. Castro. We join the people of Cuba today in mourning the loss of this remarkable leader.”
Apparently, Justin speaks fluent lying-ass-kiss-ese.
Castro was a human monster who had no regard for human rights. He abused his own people, took their wealth and lived like a king while they starved. Castro stood against everything a Western Liberal democracy stands for.
Of course, this is from the man who openly calls himself a feminist, but has no problem giving a speech praising a gender segregated mosque.
To hear a form of truth, we have to turn to a man who seems barely able to string a sentence together without repeating his words over and over like a mantra.
Yes, President-Elect Trump, who said this:
“Today, the world marks the passing of a brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades,” an official Trump statement said. “Fidel Castro’s legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights.”
In this instance he is absolutely right. Castro was a brutal dictator who oppressed his own people. While Trump has said some unimaginably stupid things during the election, on this topic he’s right.
How bad has our system become when we have to rely on Trump to do what our supposedly Liberal leaders refuse to do?