Romancing the Dictator

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.

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29 Responses to Romancing the Dictator

  1. Well said, Tricia.

    Ironic, isn’t it? You fail to bake a cake for a gay wedding and you get fined, blacklisted, and accused of hatred, but someone like Castro who jailed, tortured,and executed people, including gays, and everyone mourns and sends their condolences.

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    • Tricia says:

      I don’t know what’s sadder IB, the irony you mention, or the truthfulness of your statement. I’d like to blame it on the strange times we live in, but I suspect this weird group cognitive dissonance has always been with us, it just shows up through different power struggles.

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  2. Right on, Tricia!

    I was also very disappointed with Pope Francis (as usual).

    I managed to get blacked balled by Church authorities in my large, “tolerant,” blue city.

    I had been serving for months in my parish community setting up the altar for weekday Masses and I was denied entrance to the church because one of the cleanup ladies thought I was poor and homeless.

    If only Pope Francis treated ruthless, genocidal, thug dictators with only a fraction of the disdain as his Church minions treat the homeless who show up at the church door only wanting to serve Jesus.

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  3. Al says:

    Right now, Canada and the U.S. are weak and leaderless.That will soon change for us. I expect that Canada will follow suit as are European countries, who are starting to wake up to the dangers of appeasement politics. Of course, Trump’s statement more accurately reflects the Castro regime.

    “Fidel Castro’s legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights,” the statement said.

    “While Cuba remains a totalitarian island, it is my hope that today marks a move away from the horrors endured for too long, and toward a future in which the wonderful Cuban people finally live in the freedom they so richly deserve.”

    Trump added: “Though the tragedies, deaths and pain caused by Fidel Castro cannot be erased, our administration will do all it can to ensure the Cuban people can finally begin their journey toward prosperity and liberty.”

    Imagine a political world without Obama, Kerry, the Clintons, Reid, Pelosi and the list goes on. Any reasonable person must revel in the prospect!

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    • Tricia says:

      I’m glad you referenced Trump’s quote Al. It offers a great contrast to the mealy mouthed comments from the Left and I should have included it.

      I hope you’re right about Canada but I think Trudeau will have to leave office before any about facing occurs. He is deeply ensconced progressivism and the appeasement mentality this brings. We shall see though!

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  4. xPraetorius says:

    Trish, you said:

    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.

    This was so to-the-point, so on-the-nose, refreshingly … perfect! Thanks for it.

    One wonders whether there were any world leaders who said something sane about the late, unlamented Castro!

    And, thank you so much for your very kind mention at the end!

    Best,

    — x

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  5. Dominika says:

    It’s really ironic if you consider how the western political sphere treated Muammar Gaddafi during 2011 compared to their statement on Castro. For instance, Canada’s Stephen Harper said; “Gaddafi will never again be in a position to support terrorism or to allow others to fire on his own citizens. The people of Libya can finally turn the page after 42 years of a chapter of terrible oppression and it can now seek a better future.”

    Obama, who led the NATO charge against Gaddafi said, “the shadow of tyranny over Libya has been lifted; we’re under no delusions, Libya has a long and winding road ahead of it towards democracy.”

    H. Clinton laughed and jubilantly stated, “We Came, We Saw, He Died.”

    What did Fidel Castro have to say about Gaddafi defying the rebels in Libya? “The crude attacks against the Libyan people, which have taken on a Nazi-fascist character, may be used against any Third World nation. The belligerent organization now depends on Gaddafi. If he resists and does not yield to their demands, he will enter history as one of the great figures of the Arab nations.”

    The double-standard and hypocrisy in the aftermath of Castro’s death compared to their brutal treatment and fear-mongering rhetoric that involved Gaddafi and Libya… the contrast is astounding!

    Then again, it’s been suggested that Gaddafi was trying to create an African Mutual Fund bank backed with gold in the same year that the Libyan “Civil” War began.

    Amnesty International published findings that many of the accusations of mass human rights abuses made against Gaddafi lacked credible evidence and were fabrications of the rebel forces which had been readily adopted by the western media (published before Gaddafi was killed). Towards the end, after a great deal of Libya had been destroyed and many citizens dead due to NATO bombings, Gaddafi announced willingness to negotiate handover to a transitional government. NATO-backed rebels decided to hunt him down, sodomize, and brutally kill him and his closest son instead. But you know, “condolences to Fidel Castro’s family.”

    For further contrast to illustrate the hypocrisy of public rhetoric between the deaths of these two leaders;
    https://www.quora.com/Why-did-the-people-kill-Gaddafi
    http://duckofminerva.com/2012/04/castro-is-our-hitler.html

    It’s been quoted that Castro was responsible for 73,000+ deaths on the average side, easily over 100,000+ deaths on the high side and thousands of “counter-revolutionaries”. The only figure I’ve seen quoted for Gaddafi was an un-cited 12,700 or less, though I cannot find that number mentioned anywhere else but that one uncited mention on an answers site.
    Unlike Libya, Cuba is on the Genocide Watchlist: http://www.genocidewatch.org/images/GenocidesandPoliticidessince1945withstagesin2008.pdf

    SMH.

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    • Tricia says:

      I had not even thought of the Gaddafi comparison Dominika, good call! It is so strange the haphazardness of which atrocious dictators becomes revered by the West and which ones get demonized. In my experience, the ones that run to the extreme of Left Wing thought (Castro, Chavez, Maduro, etc…) seem to find the most adoration out here.

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  6. Tricia, you must stop holding back and truly express how you feel! 🙂 I’ve never met you, but I have found words and emotions expressed in the manner you express them are usually found in a frame that stands about 5’0″ and weighs about 100 pounds. Personally, I find your honesty of emotions refreshing.
    Diplomacy resides on a two edge sword. In an attempt to remain centrist in expression, the words often become weak and meaningless. This is one of the harms that has come to our political system. Things may or may not change under a Trump leadership, but people will (at the very least) know where he and his administration stands. People may disagree with his agenda, but at least they will UNDERSTAND its purpose. His message will not be some nebulous cloud of double entendres providing safe haven regardless of outcome.
    Thank you for sharing your opinion and stating it in a manner that clearly demonstrates how you feel. I am sure a large percentage of the cuban population feels exactly the same way.

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    • Tricia says:

      Ha ha Jonathan, you are about 20 lbs and 4″ off in your analysis of my physical make up, not bad!

      I so agree with what you say on the importance of knowing where a leader stands, especially one from such a powerful and impactful country as the U.S. True about Trump too, no one can say the man doesn’t speak his mind!

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  7. Salvageable says:

    Tricia, I have met dozens of Cubans who are living in the United States because of Castro’s “revolution.” I’m sure many of them were celebrating in the streets this weekend. Like you, I am appalled by the mushy sentiments released by our government. Our friendship for Cuba should have been expressed in 1959 when we could have kept Castro from consolidating his power in Cuba. Thank you for your clear analysis of what is happening. J.

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  8. Dennis says:

    Well said Tricia, as usual right on the mark!

    Not only did Castro turn Cuba into a communist country but remember he sent his minions to other islands and a lot of South America to influence their government. His dictatorial governance is practiced by the majority of South American countries.

    If JFK had not gone all wobbly and supported the Cuban resistance instead of allowing them to be killed on the beach we would not have had Castro and his kill squads.

    The left admires Castro because he gave “health care” to all. What a crock!!!

    I for one am glad he is room temperature and wish his brother and all his cohorts would follow suit.

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    • Tricia says:

      So true Dennis about his minions influence. Yeah free health care, you’re covered but you’ll die waiting for treatment, whoo hoo! I am glad to Castro is no longer on this planet. I don’t think much will change though because of it.

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  9. SLIMJIM says:

    Liberals can be such…fanboys of evil.

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  10. Chris Warren says:

    Tricia, you forgot to mention that the same liberal idiots who are embracing Castro are the exact same liberal idiots who trashed on Trump (correctly, I might add) for embracing Putin.

    And Jimmy Carter…oh my…he just keeps putting out the hits, doesn’t he?

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  11. Citizen Tom says:

    Good post!

    What is the difference between someone like Adolf Hitler and someone like Fidel Castro. Allied troops invaded Germany and exposed what Hitler had done for all the world to see. Even now Joseph Stalin’s and Mao Zedong’s atrocies remain buried. We have stories from the survivors, but too little to force people to realize just how commonplace it is for men to abuse power in the most horrifying ways they can.

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    • Tricia says:

      It’s really quite strange Tom, isn’t it how deeply in love the left falls in with these socialist thugs. Hitler was more of a socialist really but was smeared with the “right wing fascist” label so lefties could despise him without the contradiction.

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      • Citizen Tom says:

        @Tricia

        True. The difference between what we call the far right and the far left is more imaginary than real. The scale popularized by the news media contains grossly flawed assumptions.

        What scale should we use? One extreme is no freedom. Government power is absolute. The other extreme is no law. That is, everyone is a law unto him or herself.

        If government power is absolute, then everyone except the tyrant is a slave, and the tyrant has a tiger by the tail. If everyone is a law unto himself or herself, then no one is safe from the unscrupulous. Such chaos can quickly lead to the opposite extreme. Hence, we need to find a compromise like a constitutional republic.

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