Hell is Fouler …

27 Nov

… With the presence of Fidel Castro.

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I wish I could say I was surprised by the tributes pouring into Cuba from world leaders who really should know better, now that Fidel Castro is dead. Apparently, Castro was a great man, who did a lot for social justice – which tells us all we need to know about ‘social justice’ – a great moral and spiritual leader who will be sorely missed. World leaders, intellectuals, anarchists … they unite in praise of Castro …

And that tells us all we need to know about them too.

The simple truth is that Fidel Castro was a monster.

Like many other dictators, Castro adopted the language of communism and socialism as a mask to hide his true nature. His sole goal was to take and hold power as long as possible – everything he did, in Cuba, was designed to uphold his primacy. He enriched himself and his inner circle, while countless innocent civilians starved to death or risked their lives to flee an island that, like so many other dictatorships, could justly be called a prison camp above ground and a mass grave below. Under Castro, Cuba became a police state where people could be locked up for daring to speak out against the regime, an island now divided between two economies – one for the rich foreign tourists and one for the rest of the population.

Castro’s crimes and atrocities – some call them excesses – are often excused by his worshippers, few of whom have ever lived under tyranny or seen the real Cuba. To them, Castro’s credentials – leader of a successful socialist uprising, defeater of a right-wing dictatorship, crusher of multiple (and farcical) US attempts to assassinate him and overthrow his regime – provide all the burnishing his narrative needs. No reasonable person can possibly believe that Castro’s savage repression of his own people, even after the end of the Cold War, was justified. Unlike other post-WW2 dictatorships – South Korea, Taiwan – Cuba was never allowed to develop a free market economy. Instead, Castro doubled down on failure, creating a hellish nightmare for his subjects. And subjects they were, because none of them were ever offered a choice.

One may argue that Cuba’s internal affairs are Cuba’s own business. But Castro was not content to remain within his borders. Cuban fingerprints can be found across the world, from troops in Africa fighting pointless wars to support for Castro’s fellow socialist regime in Venezuela (now suffering social collapse as the impact of socialism becomes unavoidable) and, worst of all, the Cuban Missile Crisis. Castro played a major role in laying the groundwork for nuclear war, a war that would have claimed Cuba as its first victim. It would not have been the last. Nor did Castro have the sense to back down when it became clear that matters had gotten out of hand. His brinkmanship nearly took the world to war.

Indeed, the well-being of his own people was always low on his list of priorities. Much has been made about Cuba’s health service, but Cuba has dispatched vast numbers of doctors overseas (thus creating a shortage back home) and refused to fund proper supply and procurement systems. Simple items like aspirin are like gold, to the average Cuban … if, of course, they can find them.

Castro was no George Washington or Nelson Mandela. Both of them chose to leave power, even though they might have been able to keep it for far longer; both of them, although flawed, chose to work for the good of their people. Castro, by contrast, was solely concerned with himself. There was no attempt to draw in talented newcomers, let alone start a gradual shift to democracy. Instead, Castro remained firmly in power until ill-health finally took its toll. About the only good thing that can be said about Castro is that he allowed a transfer of power – onto healthier shoulders, at least – before his final meeting with death.

This was not inevitable. A true patriot could have accomplished much, first by developing the rule of law and then allowing the growth of a genuine middle class. Cuba has remarkable potential, far more than just a tourist spot in the middle of the Caribbean. And yet, Castro was unwilling to accept the threat to his power this would have – inevitably – caused. Given a chance to turn Cuba into a shining star, Castro chose – instead – to go for nightmare. And he was hellishly successful.

I would not care to utter any predictions about Cuba’s future, now that Castro is gone. His brother – the sitting president – is unlikely to rock the boat, despite Barrack Obama’s pathetic attempts to burnish his legacy by reaching out to Cuba. Such regimes are often prisons for the wealthy and powerful as well as the peasants in the fields. But Cubans are no less intelligent than any other nationality. The discrepancies between what they’re being told and the truth in front of their eyes are glaringly obvious. How long will it be before Cuba collapses into civil war?

Castro’s legacy, therefore, is a ticking time bomb a mere three hundred miles from the United States. But his legions of fans and admirers are not the ones who will have to deal with the problems, nor are they the ones who will starve (or be raped or killed) when the country finally falls apart. They will go on believing Castro’s lies even as utter darkness falls across his country.

For many, death comes too soon; for Castro, it came too late.

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26 Responses to “Hell is Fouler …”

  1. Fulvio Monti November 27, 2016 at 7:01 pm #

    (Y) (Y) (Y)

  2. David K Matthewson November 27, 2016 at 7:25 pm #

    It’s always worth asking if a country is so fantastic to live in why do TPTB build walls to stop their citizens leaving..? How many people have died trying to sail/float INTO Cuba?

    See also DDR Anti Fascist Barrier (aka Berlin Wall), North Korea, Great Firewall of China etc etc.

    Well said Chris.

  3. Lawrence Thomson November 27, 2016 at 7:29 pm #

    Well said.

  4. ethan November 27, 2016 at 9:47 pm #

    Cuba is actually 90 miles from Florida which is part of the U.S.A

    • ethan November 27, 2016 at 9:47 pm #

      And you are RIGHT!!

    • chrishanger November 29, 2016 at 10:13 am #

      That’s not actually an improvement

      (And i managed to draw the line between Cuba and Miami. Ooops)

      Chris

  5. PuffinMuffin November 28, 2016 at 12:32 am #

    I’ll agree that the reaction has been strange, to put it very mildly, and it says much of those praising him, reinforcing what we should already know about them.

    But for revolutionaries everywhere, a message: your revolution will, by the nature of the word, run out of puff soon enough. After that, why bother staying in charge? If what you did is so right and proper, then you should have nothing to fear by standing down.

    Anyway, it’s absurd to have people of his age running a country after 30+ years in power. Whatever problems they might have solved would be long superseded by new ones.

  6. ChaosDancer November 28, 2016 at 12:43 am #

    “For many, death comes too soon; for Castro, it came too late” Too bad we can’t say the same thing for Stalin that killed untold millions, Truman who dropped nuclear bombs to scare the Russians, Kissinger who fucked south america and generally the world and many many others.

    I always i am surprised that for most history is something that happened to other people, no world about how the US brought Castro in power, how they tried to kill him about a hundred times? and how all the suffering in Cuba is mainly because US embargoed the country until they ousted him. I mean shit he was a monster but when you show other people the only way to survive is to be a monster and by hell you would be the best monster ever.

    • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard November 28, 2016 at 1:10 am #

      Yep, it’s the fault of America that Castro was a monster.

      Everything is the fault of America.

      Do you realize how stupid that sounds?

      • Conrad Bassett Jr. November 28, 2016 at 2:58 am #

        It’s all about perspective. If you look at the US track record you should understand the history of the events. For example when US supported apartheid and the subjugation the African people, Castro took a stand and sent troops. This made him a hero to the South African people. Whether he was a hero, villain or monster is a matter of circumstance and perspective. In US he is a monster. In other countries he is a hero. In Cuba he was a hero/villain.

      • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard November 28, 2016 at 3:25 am #

        In Cuba he was a tyrant and was no sort of hero.

        Just by what he did to his own people made him a monster.

        Quite frankly, you should have to live the life of an average Cuban to gain a better perspective of Castro.

      • J.A. Patterson December 4, 2016 at 4:04 am #

        Castro and his craven cowardly hatchet-man Ché Guevara proportionately were responsible for the deaths of more Cubans than Adolph Hitler was of Germans.

        Hero? Not to the dead.

  7. Conrad Bassett Jr. November 28, 2016 at 3:52 am #

    I think you missed my point. Some people will always remember Castro as the hero of the revolution regardless of what he did later in years.

  8. PhilippeO November 28, 2016 at 6:50 am #

    most prediction indicate that Castro grip is too strong for it to fall apart, it would be very poor (Dominican Republic poor) and people who can will leave, but it like Burma will stay stable for decades.

    is Castro that bad for Cuba peasant ? he certainly fail to bring East Asian style reform to bring his country to become Westernized Industrialized states, but comparison should be made against pre-castro regimes. There is argument that USSR is ‘improvement’ to Tsar. and there sociological article that even Stalin is better than mostMongolian / Central Asia khan east of Ural. since peasant is majorityof populace, their life is important to access leader success.

  9. bexwhitt November 28, 2016 at 6:33 pm #

    some sort of Revolution in Cuba was probably needed, but as per usual communism is not a good outcome unless to want a totalitarian state. The Time for Cuba to move to a lightly regulated free market economy is at least 40 years over due.

  10. Tarun Elankath November 28, 2016 at 6:45 pm #

    Well..Castro has been responsible for *less* deaths than most American presidents. If you consider Fidel Castro to be monster, then many, many American presidents would be extraordinarily evil monsters – both Obama and Bush would fall into the category of ‘evil monster’. And many before them.

    And no – I am not a fan of socialism or tyranny. But, it seems that all opinions of Castro appear to fall into two completely opposite spectrums.

    • FarWalker November 29, 2016 at 12:58 am #

      And you sir, are an idiot.

      • Tarun Elankath November 29, 2016 at 4:11 pm #

        I admit that I could be an idiot sir, but I would be more convinced if you could explain your reasoning from facts. Do compare the casualty counts. One over 50 years and the other over 2 terms. You would be surprised.

        Was Castro a dictator ? Of course. Was he a monster ? No, unless you are willing to classify several American presidents as monsters.

        Nobody is calling Obama a monster. Yet, what is happening in Yemen with Obama’s tacit support is utterly monstrous. And very little is visible in the main stream media. It will be ‘forgotten’ history – no one remembers how many innocent lives are killed by American weapons with American guidance – all in the name of our allies like Saudi Arabia.

  11. Mark Møllegaard November 29, 2016 at 11:18 am #

    I am from danmark and I can not see that there is wrong with socialism.
    I can with kommunisme but not socialism they a not the same thing

    • bexwhitt November 29, 2016 at 2:36 pm #

      It depends, having a safety net sure, social healthcare fine, but to be whole people need to strive and a feckless layabout being paid by the state might as well not exist.

  12. Christopher Taylor November 30, 2016 at 8:13 am #

    Why does everyone forget that Nelson Mandela was a terrorist leader when he went to jail. He has blood on his hands but everyone now thinks he is a pure saint.

    Nelson Mandela was the head of UmKhonto we Sizwe, (MK), the terrorist wing of the ANC and South African Communist Party. At his trial, he had pleaded guilty to 156 acts of public violence including mobilising terrorist bombing campaigns, which planted bombs in public places, including the Johannesburg railway station. Many innocent people, including women and children, were killed by Nelson Mandela’s MK terrorists. Here are some highlights

    -Church Street West, Pretoria, on the 20 May 1983

    -Amanzimtoti Shopping complex KZN, 23 December 1985

    -Krugersdorp Magistrate’s Court, 17 March 1988

    -Durban Pick ‘n Pay shopping complex, 1 September 1986

    -Pretoria Sterland movie complex 16 April 1988 – limpet mine killed ANC terrorist M O Maponya instead

    -Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court, 20 May 1987

    -Roodepoort Standard Bank 3 June, 1988

    Tellingly, not only did Mandela refuse to renounce violence, Amnesty refused to take his case stating “[the] movement recorded that it could not give the name of ‘Prisoner of Conscience’ to anyone associated with violence, even though as in ‘conventional warfare’ a degree of restraint may be exercised.”

  13. Ryan December 1, 2016 at 4:37 pm #

    What’s we’re seeing is an attempt by the globalists to rewrite history. When it comes time for the next generation to learn about monsters like Castro, they’ll be inundated with eulogies by world leaders praising him. What are they do think? That the vast majority of world leaders are liars or the handful of negative comments are liars?

    We’ve seen the effects of such campaigns already. How many people can accurately analyze the economic crash of 2008/2009? How many can correctly interpret the 9/11 attacks?

    Recent history has been rewritten; what hope does history from 2 generations ago have of standing the test of time?

  14. Gerald Wise December 2, 2016 at 3:09 pm #

    No good can come from bashing him yes Hell is fouler but the world is better. There were parades (Plural) the day he died. Say some good things for his countrymen that loved him (PC)

    • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard December 2, 2016 at 5:48 pm #

      I suspect very very few of his countrymen loved him and those who did were among those who made life hell in Cuba.

      • bexwhitt December 2, 2016 at 11:32 pm #

        From what I gather (I may be wrong) life in Cuma is at the “meh” level with no hell required, the lack of being able to push to greatnees (if you have the drive and ability) from that is the problem.

      • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard December 2, 2016 at 11:51 pm #

        Tyrants “cut off the heads” of people who push to greatness and that’s what Cuba is like.

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