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
— 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,
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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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
One for those suffering cognitive dissonance… pic.twitter.com/njxeFI2tJr
— Colombia Politics (@ColPolitics) November 26, 2016
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