Sunday, November 27, 2016

Fidel Castro Not The Devil He's Made Out To Be

Since Castro's death there's been a lot of rhetoric making him out to be far worse then what he was. This post is an attempt to separate the over-the-top reactions that paint Castro as the devil himself. Certainly the man was no saint but the United States has good relations with others far more questionable then he. We still have dealings with Saudi Arabia and China who have and are still doing worse then what Castro has done in Cuba. Instead of placing embargos on them we instead negotiate trade deals and in the case of Saudi Arabia sell them billions of dollars of arms.

In my opinion the Shah of Iran and Saddam Hussein both at one time were on our good side. Either which could be considered far worse towards their people then Fidel Castro. It's with that in mind I post the following information-- you decide whether you agree.

On October 6, 1960 Senator John F. Kennedy, in the midst of his campaign for the U.S. Presidency, decried Batista's relationship with the U.S. government and criticized the Eisenhower administration for supporting him : "Fulgencio Batista murdered 20,000 Cubans in seven years ... and he turned Democratic Cuba into a complete police state—destroying every individual liberty. Yet our aid to his regime, and the ineptness of our policies, enabled Batista to invoke the name of the United States in support of his reign of terror. Administration spokesmen publicly praised Batista—hailed him as a staunch ally and a good friend—at a time when Batista was murdering thousands, destroying the last vestiges of freedom, and stealing hundreds of millions of dollars from the Cuban people, and we failed to press for free elections."
Barbara Walters Reflects On Her Interview With Castro

Fidel Castro's 2nd Interview With Barbara Walters On 20/20

Fidel Castro On "Face The Nation" (1959)

In My Opinion
There's an awful lot of dissemination of miss information most will accept as fact. For many of the Cuban people Fidel was the lesser of two evils. For others, who had their property seized, they most certainly hold a grudge. So too those who found themselves on the wrong side of Fidel fleeing hereto the United States. Much the same as it what was for those who fled Batista before Fidel.

I'm not going to pretend to be an international expert, but when we went to Aruba I was surprised how those people had to live away from the usual tourists spots. Homes had a PVC pipe laying on the ground alongside a dirt road supplying water for their homes. Three or four dogs chained outside their small homes to protect them. Mexico fared little better. Cuba by all measures is safer and has over all a better economy and provides better healthcare for the average citizen then those living in Jamaica, Haiti or the Dominican Republic.

We need to get off our high horse and quit politicizing every damn thing about how people live in other countries under whatever government ended up in rulership. These celebrations over Fidel's death disrespects many of the Cubans living on the island who feelings may run counter. United States is becoming not only ugly towards other nations but towards our own neighbors whom we disagree. I find it disgusting.

Not everyone's hearts are filled with such hatred

This post was not meant to be in defense of Fidel, rather one which criticizes the intolerances of what we become as a nation. One which seems to relish and celebrate our differences among ourselves and others over those ties which should instead bond us between we and the commonality among peoples of other nations.

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