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‘Socialism or death’ – Castro was just another cold-blooded leftist tyrant

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History is speckled with evil men. Murderous tyrants like Hitler, Stalin and Pol Pot are slowly slipping into the mists of time. But a modern-day evildoer just joined the list of dead despots. Fidel Castro brought cruel misery and cold-blooded death to millions, and now he’s gone.

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Castro won a bloody 1959 revolution in Cuba and began his reign as one of the world’s most repressive dictators. He banned freedom of assembly, freedom of speech and a free press, while killing thousands and imprisoning 30,000 political enemies. Former Cuban ruler Batista was no angel, but the violent and psychopathic Castro was magnitudes worse. He turned his country into an island of fear and repression, using Russian KGB tactics and informants “in every neighborhood”.

Here was a man who ordered 3,615 people killed by firing squad, murdering a total of “between 7,000 and 10,000 political opponents”, including children, by various extrajudicial executions. All his carnage was overseen or carried out by Fidel’s brother Raul or the T-shirt darling of the left, terrorist Che Guevara, who allegedly executed well over 100 dissidents. Early in his cruel dictatorship, Castro made himself president for life, banned Christmas, while enslaving his people in a totalitarian police state. His oft-expressed motto was “Socialism or death” and in December 1961, even though he called himself a socialist, Castro declared a Marxist-Leninist government. No elections have been held in Cuba for 45 years. The result? By the end of the decade after Castro seized power, over 1.1 million Cubans left Cuba for the U.S. and another “several hundred thousand” fled to other countries. The Cubans who stayed became inflicted with the highest suicide rate in the Americas, while gay and lesbian “savagely oppressed homosexuals” were thrown into concentration camps.

Life in Cuba got worse. What really happened after the revolution is that Castro imposed a perverted contract on his people: he demanded their minds, lives and freedoms in exchange for free medical services and education. Yet, since 1961, he forced economic genocide and starved his people; in most of Cuba, food is rationed and homes are crumbling. In Havana, behind the façade for tourists, tens of thousands of proletariat workers use buckets for toilets.

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Castro became very good at propaganda, weaving lies to market his version of a “new” Cuba, which naïve, fawning liberals lapped up like warm milk, all the while ignoring the fact that Castro over the years has exported violent revolution to at least eight other Latin countries. ” During Cuba’s revolutionary period, The New York Times helped to legitimize Castro, claiming he  was “anti-communist” and an “agrarian reformer” with “solid virtues and ideals” who would “restore the Constitution”. Even now, many liberals in America still fall over themselves to legitimize Castro. While it requires a sick mind to conjure up a romantic picture of the man, a few leftists and politicos are in mourning, praising Castro’s “heroism” and “achievements”. A blubbering liberal commentator on ABC News referred to Castro as “the George Washington of his country”. Another media socialist described him as a “father figure”. But here’s the corker: readers should memorize this quote by financial scam-artist and Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, who tweeted, “Fidel Castro was a symbol of the struggle for justice in the shadow of empire. Presente!” Let’s hope this woman ends up in the rubbish bin of political history.

In addition to his uncounted evils perpetrated on his own people, Castro’s former bodyguard Juan Sanchez says Castro lived in luxury like a billionaire playboy, with mistresses, “offering safe haven to drug traffickers”, “seizing public money”, while his people starved. Seems that on top of profound iniquity and corruption, Castro qualified as a world-class hypocrite.

Well, death often dispenses some justice when life does not. Such is the demise of Fidel Castro, a tyrant who deserved death decades ago.

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John R. Smith

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