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Comments on The Soul Shack: Fidel Castro; Hasta La Victoria Siempre?





Updated: 2014-09-30T10:04:33.179+02:00

 



I appreciate people reading my blog and commenting...

2008-02-21T10:44:00.000+01:00

I appreciate people reading my blog and commenting. Although I’ve got the moderation function on, I intend to publish every comment save for those that are clearly meant to offend. As such I have published this comment even though I must admit that I’m not sure if I follow the content.

I don’t subscribe to the notion that Fidel Castro is evil. I have great difficulty with such black and white terms. What I tried to portray was a certain sense of ambiguity when it comes to Castro. All revolutions are born in blood, yet all revolutions are marked with a certain heroic air. The US, with her staunch embargo policy on Cuba, was herself born out of a messy revolution, with very similar underlying notions about equality albeit that some proved to be more equal than others.

US society, although quick to judge societies like Cuba, isn’t without its own difficulties. Segregation was a part of the US until well into the sixties, there still isn’t universal health care in the US and a growing cohort of the working poor. But the US is a democracy where the people have a voice they can use for change, so the cause of the inequalities in the US are harder to pin point for people eager to make simple indictments.

Amidst the cold war fear the trade embargo with Cuba was born. Castro at first seemed to have been sympathetic to the US, but diplomatic blunders on both sides together with Castro’s revolutionary image and disgruntled Cuban exiles soon placed the two nations at odds. One must wonder though how Cuba would have developed itself politically if it had been able to trade with the US and didn’t have to turn to the then U.S.S.R. In the interviews Castor gave at the time he claimed it was his intention to democratize Cuba as soon as he felt the revolutionary ideals were safe in Cuba. Instead Cuba remained a dictatorship. The interesting question is to what extent American policies are indebted to that.

Though Cuba is a dictatorship and freedom of press is not available for Cubans, although fear is used as a means of rule and the death penalty is still in effect on Cuba, it has always been my impression that Cuba was a rather mild dictatorship. Texas for example executed more people than Cuba ever did, albeit in Texas people are granted something that comes closer to fair trial. Point is my view of Castro’s Cuba isn’t as black and white as above commenter’s seems to be. Cuba’s history is filled with interesting questions especially concerning US role in its historic development. Let’s not forget that the dictatorship Castro toppled was led by US straw man Batista.



Good piece, well done! Castro is human garbage wh...

2008-02-21T01:26:00.000+01:00

Good piece, well done! Castro is human garbage who has killed thousands of Cubans in his failed pursuit of a communist paradise.

absurd thought -
God of the Universe says
Castro was BRILLIANT

like Marx, Lenin and Mao
he helped redefine EVIL


absurd thought -
God of the Universe says
celebrities are GUILTY

of having talent and luck
so they must praise dictators


absurd thought -
God of the Universe says
never admit you were wrong

Communism’s FANTASTIC
BEST false ideology


absurd thought -
God of the Universe says
keep your people poor

deny them decent health care
convince them they have it GREAT


http://absurdthoughtsaboutgod.blogspot.com/

http://www.therealcuba.com/

:)
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