Fidel Castro is officially dead, after years of speculation. The announcement of his death signals that the dictatorship feels secure enough that it can prolong its grip on the country.
The irony: World’s most famous Marxist bastard died on Black Friday.
Fidel Castro ya no está en rebaja, sino que ha sido dado de baja.
— OrlandoLuisPardoLazo (@OLPL) November 26, 2016
Look how the loathsome @nytimes reports long overdue death of a POS dictator …with a glamour shot of the "Revolutionary Who Defied the US" pic.twitter.com/KZ92U4quNz
— Bosch Fawstin (@BoschFawstin) November 26, 2016
The NYT obit is emblematic of the worshipful media: Fidel Castro, CubanRevolutionary Who Defied U.S., Dies at 90. Mr. Castro brought the Cold War to the Western Hemisphere, bedeviled 11 American presidents and briefly pushed the world to the brink of nuclear war. Read instead Carlos Eire’s Farewell to Cuba’s brutal Big Brother
Why this discrepancy? Because deceit was one of Fidel Castro’s greatest talents, and gullibility is one of the world’s greatest frailties. A genius at myth-making, Castro relied on the human thirst for myths and heroes. His lies were beautiful, and so appealing. According to Castro and to his propagandists, the so-called revolution was not about creating a repressive totalitarian state and securing his rule as an absolute monarch, but rather about eliminating illiteracy, poverty, racism, class differences and every other ill known to humankind. This bold lie became believable, thanks largely to Castro’s incessant boasting about free schools and medical care, which made his myth of the benevolent utopian revolution irresistible to many of the world’s poor.
When Fidel resigned in 2008, I wrote,
Without a hint of irony, the BBC refers to Castro as the great survivor. Never mind that Castro has “survived” thanks to the medical treatment rendered by a Spanish gastro-oncologist, and has stayed in power for forty-nine years because he is a tyrant; a tyrant who has ruined an entire country in every possible way.
$5 says O goes to #FidelCastro's funeral
— Fausta (@Fausta) November 26, 2016
Many are jubilant,
Babalu Blog has more: Fidel Castro’s greatest atrocities and crimes – Part 1
When I die, I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like Fidel Castro, not screaming in terror, like his victims.
— Johan Norberg (@johanknorberg) November 26, 2016
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Fidel Castro Dies at Age 90, but We Remember His Human Rights Abuses
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Cuba Libre- official drink of the #CastroDeathParty!
4 oz Coca-Cola
2 oz Bacardi 151
1 oz lime juice
mix with ice while dancing
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) November 26, 2016
Trump’s statement on Castro’s death condemns his crimes, Obama’s statement silent
One for those suffering cognitive dissonance… pic.twitter.com/njxeFI2tJr
— Colombia Politics (@ColPolitics) November 26, 2016
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The Gipper Lives says
Congratulations, Cuba! It’s a good day for humanity and for freedom.
I call on the White House to release the secret pictures taken of Obama and Castro together. No need to pretend anymore.
Condolences also to CNN.
The BBC is mournful
Rick Lee says
The snowflakes are in their safe spaces weeping.
Judith L says
Big expansion project for h-e-double L.
Sorry that longevity seems to run in the family.
Maybe they’re opening a new facility, Judith!
Lucifer call St. Peter up and asks him for help. “Pete, old buddy, remember when we were friends? Before I fell? Well, I need a big favor from you. I got somebody that I need to put up for a little while, so I can regain control down here. Just for a little while.”
St. Peter replies: “Lucifer, I remember you well. Long time no see. How can I help you? What’s wrong?”
Lucifer: “Pete, I am having real problems here. Nobody wants to accept their punishments any more. They have all gone on strike. They have even forced me to turn the temperature down! Some guy that showed up last night. I am at my wits end!”
St. Peter: “Well, I certainly don’t want him here!. Sorry, but you are just going to have to make do, if you don’t lose power to a revolution. Good luck, Lucius.”