By Letter to the Editor on January 3, 2017.
We westerners suffer from lack of analytical ability, hence we fail to grasp the whole truth in any given situation and admit it. The western nations have condemned Castro not because of their love for democracy but for their hatred of Marxism. In the past, the U.S. has supported many brutal dictatorships which murdered tens of thousands of their own countrymen merely because they wanted some measure of social justice. lncidentally, the CIA trained them and U.S.-made guns were used.
The biggest mistake the western world makes is that they compare conditions in Cuba with affluent western nations. That thinking is completely contrary to logic. Cuba is one of the Third World nations. Its economic and social status should be compared with that of other Caribbean and Central American countries. Compared to the lives of citizens of El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua, Castro gave Cubans a reasonably good life. Free medical care, free education, a certainty of jobs and shelter is much to be thankful for. In contrast, in rich nations like the U.S., 40 million people are without any health care, and post-secondary education is not free. Many millions of U.S. citizens live in dire poverty worst than Cuba.
The West only looks at Castro’s human rights record. They forget that in the U.S., human rights violations take place every day when innocent, unarmed black youth are killed by the police who get away without any punishment.
The living conditions of First Nations’ people are deplorable and violate the basic human right to a decent living standard. I am not justifying Castro’s human rights violations but placing things in the right perspective in giving him the credit where he deserves it. Let us not forget that the reason Castro could not give his people a better life is the unjust sanctions and economic isolation by the west. Marxism did not fail in Cuba, the world failed Cubans. Castro was a great revolutionary who improved the lot of a vast majority of Cubans who had been living in dire poverty under the rule of the U.S.-supported dictator, Batista.
Fidel Castro was a great leader to his people who loved and respected him because he gave much more to his country than he took away.
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