There is a stark difference between leaders from the liberal side and from the conservative side when viewing through the lens of Fidel Castro’s demise.
“Today, the world marks the passing of a brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades,’ Mr Trump’s statement reads. “Fidel Castro’s legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights.”
“While Cuba remains a totalitarian island, it is my 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.
“Though the tragedies, deaths and pain caused by Fidel Castro cannot be erased, our administration will do all it can to ensure the Cuban people can finally begin their journey toward prosperity and liberty. I join the many Cuban-Americans who supported me so greatly in the presidential campaign, including the Brigade 2506 Veterans Association that endorsed me, with the hope of one day soon seeing a free Cuba.”
While Obama said:
At this time of Fidel Castro’s passing, we extend a hand of friendship to the Cuban people. We know that this moment fills Cubans – in Cuba and in the United States – with powerful emotions, recalling the countless ways in which Fidel Castro altered the course of individual lives, families, and of the Cuban nation. History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him.
For nearly six decades, the relationship between the United States and Cuba was marked by discord and profound political disagreements. During my presidency, we have worked hard to put the past behind us, pursuing a future in which the relationship between our two countries is defined not by our differences but by the many things that we share as neighbors and friends – bonds of family, culture, commerce, and common humanity. This engagement includes the contributions of Cuban Americans, who have done so much for our country and who care deeply about their loved ones in Cuba.
Today, we offer condolences to Fidel Castro’s family, and our thoughts and prayers are with the Cuban people. In the days ahead, they will recall the past and also look to the future. As they do, the Cuban people must know that they have a friend and partner in the United States of America.
One can only imagine what Barack Obama would have said if Adolf Hitler has recently passed:
- A unifier who brought Germans together
- Unable to have children he started vibrant youth movement
- Pioneered medical experimentation without animals
- Invented space technology
- Pioneered modern political communications
- Patriotic, trying to make Germany great again
- Helped protect an over-burdened planet by assisting in reducing the population by 3% or 60 million.
- Developed mass transit solutions for impoverished people
- A popular author
- An orator with no peers
- Developed a low-cost car for the masses
- Eliminated downs syndrome, mental retardation and other ailments afflicting the population
- Provided free birth control to over 400,000 Germans
- Developed health camps for the obese
Meanwhile, Justin Trudeau, another wet-behind-the-ears liberal, thinks Castro was a “remarkable leader”:
“It is with deep sorrow that I learned today of the death of Cuba’s longest serving President.
“Fidel Castro was a larger than life leader who served his people for almost half a century. A legendary revolutionary and orator, Mr. Castro made significant improvements to the education and healthcare of his island nation.
“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”.
“I know my father was very proud to call him a friend and I had the opportunity to meet Fidel when my father passed away. It was also a real honour to meet his three sons and his brother President Raúl Castro during my recent visit to Cuba.
“On behalf of all Canadians, Sophie and I offer our deepest condolences to the family, friends and many, many supporters of Mr. Castro. We join the people of Cuba today in mourning the loss of this remarkable leader.”
One can only imagine what Trudeau would think of Pol Pot.
Jeremy Corbyn is inconsolable and called Castro a ‘champion of social justice’.
Jeremy Corbyn has praised Fidel Castro’s “heroism” and the changes he implemented in Cuba as his death was announced on Saturday.
The Labour leader said Castro, the Cuban revolutionary who died aged 90, was a “massive figure in the history of the whole planet”.
A long-standing supporter of the Cuba Solidarity Campaign, Mr Corbyn’s views have courted controversy due to reports of widespread human rights abuses under Mr Castro’s rule.
“I think history will show that Castro was such a key figure, it seems he has been with us forever,” he told the Press Association.
Speaking during a visit to Oxford, where he had travelled to launch the party’s national campaign day for the NHS, he said: “Fidel Castro was a massive figure in the history of the whole planet, ever since the revolution in 1959.
“There are stories of his heroism while living in Mexico in exile and then the boat to Cuba, the march to Havana and the revolution in 1959.
“He managed to bring good quality health services to all the people of Cuba, good quality education to all the people of Cuba and, of course, he had a foreign policy which was global, but particularly important in Southern Africa in supporting Angola against the apartheid regime.”
The hashtag #ForAllHisFlaws surfaced on Twitter after Mr Corbyn’s statement after his death, in which he said: “For all his flaws, Castro’s support for Angola played a crucial role in bringing an end to Apartheid in South Africa, and he will be remembered both as an internationalist and a champion of social justice.”
The disconnect is incredible.
I await Phil Goff’s pronouncement on his good mate Fidel Castro:
Goff sure does like his dictators and terrorists.
I can hardly wait to hear what everyone says when Robert Mugabe dies.
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