Is it too much to ask that the so called enlightened leaders of the western world speak the truth about oppressive dictators? That they NOT romanticize these murderous, power hungry slugs by absurdly insinuating their intentions were good and by minimizing the horrible suffering their victims go through?
Apparently yes. Just hours after Fidel Castro died the White House issued a 226 wordstatement, whose sole purpose seems to be to not offend anyone. It is so bland and devoid of content, that it pains me to waste space with a reprint, but here it is.
“At this time of Fidel Castro’s passing, we extend a hand of friendship to the Cuban people. We know that this moment fills Cubans – in Cuba and in the United States – with powerful emotions, recalling the countless ways in which Fidel Castro altered the course of individual lives, families, and of the Cuban nation. History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him.
For nearly six decades, the relationship between the United States and Cuba was marked by discord and profound political disagreements. During my presidency, we have worked hard to put the past behind us, pursuing a future in which the relationship between our two countries is defined not by our differences but by the many things that we share as neighbors and friends – bonds of family, culture, commerce, and common humanity. This engagement includes the contributions of Cuban Americans, who have done so much for our country and who care deeply about their loved ones in Cuba.
Today, we offer condolences to Fidel Castro’s family, and our thoughts and prayers are with the Cuban people. In the days ahead, they will recall the past and also look to the future. As they do, the Cuban people must know that they have a friend and partner in the United States of America.”
You’ll note nothing about jailed dissidents, no mention of vicious beatings and murders of political opponents, nor the legions of human rights abuses suffered under Castro. Zero, zip, nada.
Oh, but hey the Obama administration wants the Cuban people to know “that they have a friend and partner in the United States of America.” Awesome.
Secretary of State John Kerry offered up a similar bureaucratic, nothing burger. This one really is not worth the effort of a copy and paste and I don’t blame you for skipping over it. You won’t miss a thing.
“We extend our condolences to the Cuban people today as they mourn the passing of Fidel Castro. Over more than half a century, he played an outsized role in their lives, and he influenced the direction of regional, even global affairs.
As our two countries continue to move forward on the process of normalization — restoring the economic, diplomatic and cultural ties severed by a troubled past — we do so in a spirit of friendship and with an earnest desire not to ignore history but to write a new and better future for our two peoples.
The United States reaffirms its support for deepening our engagement with the Cuban people now and in coming years.”
Of course no post covering the delusions of Leftists romanticizing the utopian fantasies of dead communists would be complete without a Jimmy Carter mention, who had this to say:
“Rosalynn and I share our sympathies with the Castro family and the Cuban people on the death of Fidel Castro. We remember fondly our visits with him in Cuba and his love of his country. We wish the Cuban citizens peace and prosperity in the years ahead.”
The winner of the useful idiot prize though goes to Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, whose full statement deserves reprinting as it so clearly encapsulates the foolishness of Castro’s admirers.
“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.”
You’ll note, Mr. Trudeau did not go out of his way to remain inoffensive. His gushing ode to a brutal thug like Fidel Castro was just plain disgusting. What to make of such ignorance? How can a grown man and leader of the second largest country in the world be taken seriously after this? In a sane world he would be laughed out of office, but I’m afraid we live in an era that glorifies stupidity.
The sanitization of Fidel Castro’s atrocities is shameful and those that do so should be called out without hesitation. His regime of brutal oppression routinely murdered dissidents by firing squad, or vicious beatings, with the “lucky” ones being hauled off to jail and left to rot under unspeakable conditions. He not only destroyed a thriving country but broke the spirit of its people, a fair amount of whom remain perversely attached to this monster in the way an abused person does to their captor.
The death of Fidel Castro really deserves few words other than those uttered by my always insightful blogger friend x from Praetorian Writers Group. His simple statement ? Good Riddance.
x also mentions something about Castro being an intestinal blockage, which I thought was brilliant and you can read about here.