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For all  that which has been attributed to Castro both negative and positive , nothing resonate more with me than his decision to send Cuban troops to fight to end apartheid and white hegemony on the continent of Africa. He did so while western nations threw their support behind the racist despotic apartheid regime which as a minority group terrorized the legitimate majority black population in their rightful homeland.
Gracias-el-Presidente……..

 

Recognizing the life and work of Fidel Castro is not a zero sum game .
It is perfectly okay to disagree with the communist ideology the former revolutionary so dearly embraced ,while acknowledging the positive contribution he made when supposed friends did not see fit to stand on principle.
He did !!!

A grateful Nelson Mandela and Fidel Castro
A grateful Nelson Mandela and Fidel Castro

Scratching the surface of the life and times of Fidel Castro does not give an adequate reveal of whether the formally trained lawyer started out as a communist sympathizer as some with whom he attended college seemed to believe .
Or whether he was forced into embracing the Soviets as a last resort after been rebuffed by the Americans.
The  much reported-on repeated attempts on his life , not the least of which was the bay of pigs debacle.  could certainly not have endeared him to America and capitalism.

As tributes pour in after his passing, those opposed to the Cuban leader  line up in unrighteous indignation to his very existence .
Like the true Pharisees they are , the say they are Christians, their lips dripping with the lies and deception of perdition.
No-ones worldview matters but theirs. Those who see things differently are ridiculed and demeaned.
True to form these blinkered   purists are focused on the singular issue which defines their outlook of this controversial leader, the exile Cuban community in Miami Florida.

His incredible accomplishments on education and health-care for the Cuban people are lost on his critics. Never mind that everything he accomplished has been done while facing half a century of stringent American economic blockade.
Standing on principle by putting Cuban troops in Angola to fight the oppressive racist interloping apartheid regime in South Africa was singularly momentous to this writer. He did so while western powers stood in stoic support of a racial regime which systematically tortured raped and murdered black Africans on their own soil.
For that Fidel Castro is an Indelible Icon in   my eyes.

One does not have to be a supporter of all of what has been attributed to Castro. One doesn’t even have to support or believe in communism to speak to the brave progressive stance President Fidel Castro took when others wouldn’t.
One doesn’t have to agree with everything someone ever did in order to credit them for that which was commendable. Unless the good they did is not what you would have wanted . If that be the case then we understand, but please step aside so that those who have been positively impacted may pay their respect.
Like President Barack Obama who began a thaw with Cuba , Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau  issued the following statement on the death of his family’s friend.

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Justin Trudeau

“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.”

 The ink on the Prime Minister’s statement wasn’t dry before two Hispanic US senators jumped on it to gain attention.
I found the indignation of these two particularly galling, in light of their support of Donald Trump a racist xenophobe who is infatuated with the like of Vladimir Putin, Saddam Hussein and Kim Jong Un despotic murderers.