So Castro is dead. An icon for some a boogy man for many others, whatever is said about him he certainly split opinion. For me he wasn't much of a hero (maybe in his early days?), his country (Cuba) was essentially a failure economically and socially, it's people divided or exiled and the ways he dealt with detractors were typically Stalinist. Not to mention the fact that he wished for a preemptive nuclear strike on the USA which would have precipitated a holocaust for the entire world. There are a ton of web sites out there where you can see lists of Cubans who "disappeared" over the last 50 years, and in my book, any politician who refuses to step aside for 50 years and clings onto power is a dictator, not a strong leader.
I was interested to read the various remarks made by current day political figures, Jeremy Corbyn was glowing as was Ken Livingstone, unsurprising I suppose, but for me indicative of how far out of touch with reality the left are these days. Many of these comments have been parodied on social media, some quite amusing, for example,
- "Mr. Stalin's greatest achievement was his eradication of obesity in the Ukraine through innovative agricultural reforms."
- "Today we remember Adolf Hitler, whose vision for the autobahn changed the face of vehicular transportation forever"
And so the world turns...