Today the world realised that one of its communist dictators had died, and I expected Western leaders, to strongly disavow of his legacy, and stand in solidarity with all those oppressed in Cuba, and Cubans in America or elsewhere. Unfortunately, I was mostly wrong.
Fidel Castro created a fascist left-wing communist dictatorship, which committed many atrocities1: enslaving and having dissidents killed, and drown those attempting to flee the country. The oppression continues today under the rule of Raúl Castro, his younger brother2, and I was indeed shocked by the manner in which many leaders of the so-called “free” world responded, some even admiring his legacy.
President of the United States of America Barack Obama made the following statement:
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.
US President Barack Obama’s statement did not once mention anything about these evil deeds committed, not only against the Cuban people, but also against Americans.
But nevertheless Obama’s statement, the EU President Junker even made a subtle praising statement:
Fidel Castro was one of the historic figures of the past century and the embodiment of the Cuban Revolution. With the death of Fidel Castro, the world has lost a man who was a hero for many. He changed the course of his country and his influence reached far beyond. Fidel Castro remains one of the revolutionary figures of the 20th century. His legacy will be judged by history.
Although I should not be surprised to hear such a relentlessly ignorant statement from Junker, I wonder how he could ignore the monster he is to so many oppressed Cubans, whether in present or past. Junker made Castro appear like a hero. What is next, describing Stalin as someone “revolutionary”? Truly disgusting!
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s statement took it to a whole other level:
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.
How can a liberal, a so-called “progressive”, be so ignorant of Castro’s tremendous violations of basic human rights, which a liberal claims so strongly to advocate. Describing Castro as just an “controversial figure”! Prime Minister Trudea, what are your thoughts about the imprisonment of gay people, and of those killed opposed to his regime. Shameful!
How fearful is it, when a leader of a country or continent makes such ludicrous statements, some even admiring Castro. This causes me to wonder, what they would ultimately like to impose on you, and me, the citizens? A forced ban on dissent, perhaps? Sadly many people, ignorant of history, beyond these leaders, think Castro’s legacy worthy of praise. It’s about time they educate themselves about the truth.
Therefore, this day, I stand in solidarity with all Cuban people, whether in Cuba, the United States of America, or elsewhere, who have suffered, or continue to suffer from the Castro-created regime. I sincerely regret so many people have lost their lives. Today, I have kept you in my thoughts and prayers, and I will continue to oppose all praise to this despicable dictator and his loathsome legacy.
Let it be no secret, that I stand with you, and many more with me!
I want to join you in believing in, and praying and fighting for a future free of oppression and loss of life of your people.
“When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.”—Psalm 34:17
I strongly endorse this statement by the United States Sen. Marco Rubio:
Theses sources have been added later to confirm references to facts.
 “Reports”, Cuba Archive, accessed November 28, 2016, http://cubaarchive.org/wordpress/reports/.
 “World Report 2016: Cuba”, Human Rights Watch, accessed November 28, 2016, https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2016/country-chapters/cuba