Fidel Castro, the brutal dictator who ruled Cuba with an iron hand, is finally, at long last dead. Hopefully Raul Castro, 85, will soon join his brother in a crematorium, and the Cuban people, violently oppressed for generations, can begin experiencing freedom again. For most, it will be the first time in their lives.
How world leaders responded to Castro’s death has been illustrative.
President-elect Donald Trump said Saturday that the death of Cuba’s Fidel Castro “marks the passing of brutal dictator,” while President Obama argued that ‘history’ will be Castro’s final ‘judge.’
“Castro’s legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights,” said Trump, who also expressed optimism about Castro’s death finally ending decades of communist oppression for Cubans.
“It is my hope that today marks a move away from the horrors endured for too long and toward a future in which the wonderful Cuban people finally live in the freedom they so richly deserve,” Trump said. “Our administration will do all it can to ensure the Cuban people can finally begin their journey toward prosperity and liberty.”
Castro’s death was announced Saturday on state television. He was 90. Castro’s younger brother, Raul Castro, remains Cuba’s leader.