Saturday, November 26, 2016
On The Passing of Fidel Castro
Fidel Castro overthrew a brutal dictator, improved literacy, and vastly improved health care in Cuba. For those those things he deserves praise.
He reigned as an oppressive dictator himself, though probably less corrupt than his predecessor, for decades. For this he should be condemned.
The United States foolishly strengthened Castro's rule by attempting to overthrow him, and then by blockading Cuba for those same decades. This not only strengthened him as a dictator, but also pushed him into the arms of the Soviets. Their nuclear missiles in Cuba led to the crisis that almost started a nuclear war.
I believe if we had pressed for commercial relations from the beginning, Cuba would long ago have become democratic. Coca Cola and McDonalds can send ambassadors where mercenaries and the Marines can't go.
I hope that when his brother Raoul passes, as well, President Obama's opening to Cuba can be completed, and in short order we can construct the bases of democracy.