Several world leaders, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, reacted to the news of Fidel Castro’s death with a level of respect and praise that has irritated those who see nothing to celebrate when it comes to the life and times of the Cuban dictator.
In a statement, Trudeau said that his father, former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, had considered Castro “a friend.”
“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,’” Trudeau said. He expressed “deep sorrow” for the man he called a “remarkable leader.”
In a tweet, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who is a Cuban-American, appeared to be astonished by Trudeau’s remarks.
“Is this a real statement or a parody? Because if this is a real statement from the PM of Canada it is shameful & embarrassing,” Rubio said.
Fellow Cuban-American senator Ted Cruz also took exception to Trudeau’s comments. “Disgraceful,” Cruz tweeted. “Why do young socialists idolize totalitarian tyrants? Castro, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot — all evil, torturing murderers.”
Well, it’s because they view the United States as the ultimate totalitarian tyrant of the world and they cheer any tin pot despot who thumbs their nose at the U.S., even if their stubborn policies doom their citizens to suffer. They can’t accept the abject failure of communism as a political philosophy, so they have to make excuses for why it always seems to herald the growth of a brutal dictatorship. Best way to do that? Simply start denying that these people were, in fact, brutal dictators. Just wash it all away as Western propaganda.
Castro’s death doesn’t actually mean anything for the future of the Cuban people, of course. At least, not automatically. His brother Raul has been in charge for years, and the Castro regime will carry on even in the absence of its revolutionary patriarch.
The big question now is whether Donald Trump will keep in place the normalized diplomatic relations enacted by President Obama. While many Republicans criticized the move at the time, very few are actively calling on Trump to reverse the decision.
Michael McCaul, the House Homeland Security Chairman, did say that he wanted Trump to “rethink” Obama’s policies.
“After a 54-year freeze in diplomatic relations, I warned the Obama Administration to take a serious look at the national security implications of normalizing relations with the Castro dictatorship,” McCaul said. “But President Obama pushed through misguided policies at breakneck speed, with minimal regard for the safety and security of the American people and our homeland.”
Trump has not specifically said whether or not he will put the brakes on normalized relations. In a statement, he said it was his hope “that today marks a move away from the horrors endured for too long, and toward a future in which the wonderful Cuban people finally live in the freedom they so richly deserve.”
In the meantime, let’s make sure the communists of the world don’t get to canonize Castro in the official history books. It’s time to free humanity from this misbegotten ideology and the suffering it promotes.