Now that ole Fidel Castro, arch-nemesis and scourge of 9 presidents and one of the last of the breed of Cold War revolutionaries (but of course you all knew that) is leaving the scene, I was just wondering if people had any thoughts about that?
From where I stand, maybe this will be a chance for our country to remove Cuba from such a distorted place in our politics – like taking a thorn out of our side. With Fidel gone maybe we can (I hope we do) reassess an embargo that did little to weaken his regime but was followed dutifully by our leaders for years, outlasting the Cold War, because of Florida’s electoral prominence. Maybe Cuba can start making some strides toward democracy and reduce its suppression of dissent.
Cuba may not be rich or free but people there can read, have a noteworthy health service and are socio-economically equal (most are pretty poor off of course). Fidel did live up to some of his own rhetoric.
The black mark against him is the repression he engaged in toward dissenters, gays, intellectuals and anyone who was not fully on his team. Ultimately, while he can claim to have survived years of American pressure and left a legacy of education and health behind, his brutal rule was damnable. Left or right, a dictator is ultimately still a dictator. Thoughts, views on the old goat?