Saturday, 26 November 2016

Juncker, Hollande and Corbyn praise Castro, Trump rejoices


European Commission - Statement

Statement by President Juncker on the passing away of Fidel Castro

Brussels, 26 November 2016
Fidel Castro was one of the historic figures of the past century and the embodiment of the Cuban Revolution. With the death of Fidel Castro, the world has lost a man who was a hero for many. He changed the course of his country and his influence reached far beyond. Fidel Castro remains one of the revolutionary figures of the 20th century. His legacy will be judged by history. 
I convey my condolences to the Cuban President Raúl Castro and his family and to the people of Cuba

He has not so far gone as far as Eamonn De Valera who signed the book of condolence at the German embassy on Adolf Hitler's death.  

French President Francois Hollande has mourned the loss the "towering" former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, while noting concerns over human rights under his regime.

British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn hailed Fidel Castro as a “champion of social justice”, following the announcement of the former Cuban leader’s death, admitted there were “flaws” in the revolutionary leader’s long rule over the Caribbean island, but praised him as a “huge figure of modern history”.

Mr Corbyn said: 
“Fidel Castro’s death marks the passing of a huge figure of modern history, national independence and 20th century socialism. From building a world class health and education system, to Cuba’s record of international solidarity abroad, Castro’s achievements were many.For all his flaws, Castro’s support for Angola played a crucial role in bringing an end to Apartheid in South Africa, and he will be remembered both as an internationalist and a champion of social justice.”

They all sound much more enthusiastic about Castro than about Donald Trump and much politer. 

The kind words for Castro remind me of Tony Benn signing the book of condolence at the Chinese Embassy on Mao's death. Benn said in his diary that he was “a great admirer of Mao", though he "made mistakes, because everybody does”.

President Barack Obama said: 
“We know that this moment fills Cubans — in Cuba and in the United States — with powerful emotions, recalling the countless ways in which Fidel Castro altered the course of individual lives, families, and of the Cuban nation. History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him.”

The BBC praised Castro's health care programme and role in fighting the apartheid South African regime, without mentioning mass murder, political prisoners or Cubans celebrating his death. Welfare and anti-racism have taken the place of freedom (and religion) in the minds of a great many foolish people.

In fact, South Africans of all races can be grateful that the National Party regime held on long enough to save them from Castro-style communism. Angola and Mozambique were much less lucky.

I don't recall Pinochet getting this treatment and yet Pinochet, not more brutal than Castro, was the saviour of his country and made it the prosperous First World economy it is today. He also stepped down after losing a referendum.

And Donald Trump called Castro a "brutal dictator".

A Facebook friend commented: 

"You know what? I think Donny's going to work out just fine."

Donald Trump also said:

"While Cuba remains a totalitarian island, 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,"


  1. These are the same type of people who were great friends of Uncle Joe rationalising the various purges with the "you have to break the eggs to make an omelette" old saw.

  2. "Concerns". "Flaws". My goodness me, what a couple of useful idiots they both are. Simon Taylor

  3. Though from what I've seen, Justin Trudeau's shameless simpering is in a league all of its own.
    I imagine someone from the German left will outdo him soon though.

  4. Dear Comrade Raul Castro, dear friend,

    I express to you and to all the Cuban people our deepest condolences on the death of the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro's your brother.

    The name of this outstanding statesman is considered to be a symbol of an era in the modern history of the world. Built by him and his colleagues a free and independent Cuba became an influential member of the international community and has served as an inspiring example for many countries and peoples.

    Fidel Castro was a sincere and reliable friend of Russia. He made an enormous contribution to the formation and development of Russian-Cuban relations, close strategic cooperation in all fields.

    This strong and wise man always looked with confidence to the future. He embodies the highest ideals of politics, citizen and patriot, sincerely convinced of the rightness of the case, which gave his whole life. The memory of him will live forever in the hearts of Russian citizens.

    In this mournful hour I ask to convey the words of compassion and support to all members of your family. I wish you courage and perseverance in the face of this irreparable loss.

    Vladimir Putin

    Fidel Castro was one of the 20th century’s many monsters and I lament only that he had so long a time in which to inflict misery on Cuba and beyond. Pray for God’s mercy on his soul, but other than that there is little to mourn in Castro’s passing. Don’t try to rationalize or apologize for Castro’s decades of brutal repression, torture, and murder. Regardless of what the Social Justice Warriors, and their allies in the media might lead you to believe, he didn’t fight for freedom; he destroyed it. Don’t buy into the lies about a “Communist paradise” or “good health care”. Many prisons have good health care and education but they are still prisons. There is no moral acrobatics that are limber enough to excuse his brutal dictatorship.

  5. Agree. Robert Mugabe once stuck it to the man. So did that old FLN guy in Algeria who had a stroke and who no one has seen in three years. Time for the old coots who cling to power to move on and stop having people make excuses for them.