Last night the former dictator of Cuba, Fidel Castro, died at the age of 90. Castro, who ruled Cuba for decades, had a long history of violating the most fundamental liberties of the Cuban people. These include such basic freedoms as the right to due process and free speech. Under Castro, dissent was met with force and often death.
Following his death, we have seen a telling variety of reactions from those around the globe. Those who fled his tyranny in South Florida celebrated in the streets. Senators Cruz and Rubio, both of Cuban descent, released scathing statements. They rightly called Castro a tyrant and a murderer. President Obama released a very polite statement fitting a head of state. He offered condolences to the Castro family and a hand of friendship to the Cuban people.
In contrast with the honesty of some and the politeness of others, many on the left have taken this opportunity to praise Fidel Castro. Among these is Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada and Leader of the Canadian Liberal Party. Here is his statement,
“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.”
Trudeau is not the only western leader giving praise to the dead tyrant. Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the UK Labor Party, also released a very amicable statement,
“Fidel Castro’s death marks the passing of a huge figure of modern history, national independence and 20th century socialism.
“From building a world class health and education system, to Cuba’s record of international solidarity abroad, Castro’s achievements were many.
“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.”
These statements, and many others like them, say much more about the modern left than the deceased communist, Fidel Castro. These individuals are praising a man who had no qualms about executing those who publicly disagreed with them as “a champion of social justice”.
This shows not only how out of touch the Left is, but also how dangerous they are. In their ideology, a failed healthcare system outshines murdering dissenters. An education system for the few outweighs the oppression of the many. Once again, these individuals have shown why they cannot be trusted. If they are willing to praise tyranny in Cuba, what would they do in their own nations?