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Castro: Good Riddance?
Posted by: Dale Franks on Saturday, August 05, 2006

Simon Heffer mirrors my confusion to the reaction of some on the Left upon hearing that Fidel Castro is not well.
It is the most enormous paradox that Western liberals should have this reverence for Castro, for he hates so many of the things they say they love. He is a great, and committed, supporter of capital punishment. Amnesty International, an organisation dear to the hearts of all Leftists, reports how 72 dissidents were rounded up and jailed in two separate incidents in 2003 and 2005: this is just a soup├žon of the viciousness with which Castro treats dissent.

The journalists who find him frightfully witty, and claim to adore his country, are perhaps the biggest hypocrites of all. He runs a press that makes the Soviet-era Pravda look like a hotbed of radical debate. When a leading Cuban journalist was found "guilty" a few years ago of having contacts in the outside world he was promptly given 20 years in prison. It is no wonder so many people find Cuba so awful that they risk their lives on flimsy boats in shark-infested waters trying to get away.

For good measure, Castro also routinely imprisons homosexuals for no reason other than that he does not share their preferences. He has special quarantine camps for anyone who is HIV-positive. His commitment to multiculturalism is such that he sought, for the first 35 years of his rule, to have an atheist state, locking up priests and closing down churches and church schools. He has relaxed that slightly, perhaps with an eye to his future.

For all his ranting about collectivism, he is thought to be one of the richest heads of state in the world. Forbes magazine estimated his wealth at $900 million, and it seems much of it has come from his cut of a lucrative drugs trade. He maintains power through a network of informers and a reign of fear. Poverty is endemic, food scarce, and the regime's determination to exert control means that wealth-creating technology such as the internet or mobile telephony are almost unknown.
Frankly, the world will be a slightly better place for his passing.
 
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Sad really, when you think that many on the left would be astounded by these revelations. I want to make a big and thorough list of all the Left wingers, academics and celebrities who fawned over Castro. A complete list of all they things they said and wrote about him. Then, when all the vileness of his reign of terror come spilling out of Cuba we can use it to constantly embarrass and discredit them.
 
Written By: kyle N
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Guys,
I have a creepy feeling about Cuba right now. I was an infant during the Cuban Missile Crisis, but I’m wondering if Raul’s disappearance doesn’t indicate some monkey business is going on.

Could Castro try to go out with a bang?

Cuba’d be a great foreward station for Iran’s threatened nuclear attack on North America. And the timing couldn’t be better. With Castro’s successor in hiding old Cuba is effectively headless right now. Furthermore, in the UN national governments aren’t held accountable for the violent actions of the various non-state actors within their jurisdictions anymore.

So, should a "non-state actor" nuke Miami from Cuban territory this week, the island-nation’s current leadership-vacuum will lack a recognizeable accountability-chain, providing the cover of "plausible deniability" to the Cuban nation in transnational fora after the attack.

Similarly, this tactic would permit Cuba, in the UN’s unmoored moral culture, to charge America with war-crimes for the predictable, bloody land-invasion that we would launch in response.

Headless Cuban "state" meet "non-state actor" with tactical nukes? Until Raul steps forward, I’m going to be uneasy every time Iran’s president threatens America with nuclear attack.

Or is Raul waiting to appear after the attack, to claim he "didn’t know" that those Venezuelan "exchange students" Chavez sent in ’05 are really Iranian agents?

I hope Rummy’s got his eyes on this one.
-Steve
 
Written By: Steve
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kyle, well, how it would work is that they would publish a picture of Rumsfeld shaking hands with Saddam and say see!!!
 
Written By: capt joe
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You sad "wingnuts" they have 100% literacy and free health care in Cuba. PLUS, the elections are never close and Diebold has no access to the process. Ergo, Cuba > United States....geeez this is all sooooo simple. I’m changing sides.
 
Written By: Joe
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A complete list of all they things they said and wrote about him.
Kyle, I would love to see that list. Celebrities and academics.
Be sure to include a bibliography with links and the like.

Let us know when you complete it. Okay?

Cheers.
 
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