Fidel Castro: A Disgrace to Humanity

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

¡Cuba Libre!

I strongly endorse this statement by the United States Sen. Marco Rubio:

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Sources

Theses sources have been added later to confirm references to facts.

[1] “Reports”, Cuba Archive, accessed November 28, 2016, http://cubaarchive.org/wordpress/reports/.

[2] “World Report 2016: Cuba”, Human Rights Watch, accessed November 28, 2016, https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2016/country-chapters/cuba

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2015 in Review: Creare

Creare Logo.pngApril is already approaching, and the last day March is most-probably too late to review my nine-month stay and study at Creare Training Centre1 in 2015, but such the cliché expression speaks of: ‘better late than never’. In February, I arrived in Bloemfontein after a 6-week stay in the Netherlands. My objective: to be trained at the year program of Creare called Sons as Eagles, with a specific study path in music. The core subjects challenged me in that I encountered philosophy and theology that was different to what I believed. This is one of the aspects I didn’t perhaps enjoy the most, but it definitely developed the foundation of my Christian and the basis for my philosophical beliefs, and this is what I’m most thankful for.

Besides the core subjects, I studied several musical instruments, music theory, band dynamics and sound engineering. This created an opportunity to furthermore develop my musical and technological skills, and apply them.Practically, I was involved in the sound engineering aspect mainly, regularly manning the sound console and assisting in the transition from analogue to digital audio at the local church.
During the Southern-Hemisphere winter-months I assisted my parents in the HoliIMG-20150727-WA0004.jpgday Kids Club2, but in a later blog I’ll elaborate more on this. but back to Creare in July, together with a team  consisting Jolene, Garith and myself, we travelled through South Africa (mostly the Northern Cape) as part of a national tour. The team taught several art and theology subjects, but mainly to reach out to communities, churches and schools to show them the love of Jesus. As the last week became vacant, we had the opportunity to organise events in Knysna and Karatera. The tour not only increased our experience teaching or reaching out, but more-so strengthened the friendship amongst ourselves.

My time at Creare was incredibly engaging, at times pushing me beyond my limits, yet honestly, I would not have wanted to spend it anywhere else. The year provided me with such opportunity to become a better team-member, get skilled and connect with some fantastic people, and to reconnect with friends from VGY. Thanks Creare!


 

1 Originally a Christian art school, Creare is a Christian-based development centre with the intent of training students in the specific areas  You acquire skill and character which you will need later in life. Each student is required to study the core subjects, ranging from evangelism to worldview, with amain focus on biblical studies and missions. Students also need to choose a specific study path out of 10 wide-ranging options

2 The Holiday Kids Club is a week-long event that is organised by, Good News ZA. The Holiday Kids Club is part of an ongoing effort to change the life course of the children and youth of the rural villages surrounding Knysna. Their environment presses them in the direction of a hopeless future with alcohol and drug abuse. Good News ZA has a long-term vision to show the children and youth the way to a hopeful future in Jesus’ name.

Progression, or Regression?

Nowadays what most people like to do is rebel, rebel against laws and rules, standards that were put there in the first place to protect humanity against its social, moral and even economic failure, and violating each other’s liberty.  Western civilization has began determining the rules of a game called life, trampling on a millennium of moral, social, and economical frameworks in just 50 years. Humanity has judicially and morally started determining what is good and evil, ultimately for our own benefit. But is what we deem to be beneficial, really so? Just because it is pleasurable, does it mean that there won’t be harmful effects in the future? Just because we think we can change the rules and laws of life, have they changed (if they have), for better or worse?

As we embark on this ship of progress, is it Noah’s Ark, or the Titanic? Is what we call progress really such, or is it rather the result of our foul imagination, ultimately leading us to regret and regression.

The laws people are attempting to overthrow are only in place for those who ignore life’s basic principles (which lead to a life of fulfilment), for exactly those people who’d like to overthrow them. If you apply life principles in your life you’ll be functioning within its framework and protection of life and liberty for all human beings, and thus you wouldn’t require a law to keep you accountable.