[No sympathy from most Canadians or those respecting human rights. ]
A dictator died. His legacy is not a thing of pride for any person who respects human rights. Castro ruled the island country with an iron fist since the 1960’s and pushed the entire world to the brink of nuclear war.
He cast thousands into political prisons. He simply erased many more. There are no kind, politically correct thoughts for a man who made life so unbearable for tens of thousands of his own people that they would do anything to escape his regime – including making desperate attempts on rafts and leaking boats trying to find peace and freedom.
Tens of thousands of sought freedom from his brutal regime by clinging to life rafts and leaking boats destined for the USA. Among them was Castro’s own daughter who sought asylum in the USA!
In Miami Florida, especially in Little Havana they are dancing in the streets celebrating his death. In Canada, we have a Prime Minister who speaks of human rights and freedoms around the world but “morns” the death of this despot who walked on human rights for fifty years before handing over power to his little brother. Such transition of power occurs in places such as North Korea but has no place among men and women who legitimately advocate for freedom and human rights.
To the tens of thousands of Cuban expatriates living in USA and in Canada, I apologize for the embarrassing and insensitive comments of the person who is currently Prime Minister of Canada. Those words, like much of his The Liberal leader spoke to a sold-out crowd of women when (2013) he was responding to a question about which nation’s administration he most admired. : “There’s a level of admiration I actually have for China because their basic dictatorship is allowing them to actually turn their economy around on a dime and say, ‘We need to go green … we need to start investing in solar.’” Stupid opinions expressed by this boy-man are a source of national shame in Canada.
The world has not lost a leader in Castro’s eventual death. Those of us who lived during the period of the revolution in Cuba held great hope when Castro and Guevara led a rebel army that overthrew another dictator, Fulgencio Batista only place himself as dictator for life much as did Pol Pot the Cambodian revolutionary who led the Khmer Rouge.
Castro was not a person to be admired. He quickly adopted the lavish ways of his predecessor (Batista) living a lavish life of obscene luxury while watching over a nation that lived in constant fear of disagreeing with his often brutal tactics with his own people.
sic semper tyrannis (thus, always tyrants) would have been a much more fitting comment than the mindless bleating today by the Canadian Prime Minister. We apologize.
Sadly, for Cubans; they do not YET have the right to rid themselves of a leader much as Canada will eventually do in the case of the person currently pretending to lead this great country.
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