Fidel Castro Dead at Age 90

Fidel Castro, the former leader of Communist Cuba, has died at age 90 following several years of ill health.

Castro, who lived to see a Communist sit in the White House in America, was implicated by at least some conspiracy theorists as responsible for the assassination of American president John F. Kennedy in 1963.

Relations with the U.S. were normalized to a degree last year by American President Barack Obama, believed by many to be a Communist himself. However, at the time of his death, Castro’s Cuba was still reeling from the effects of a long-term hostile American foreign policy toward the island nation that sits 90 miles off the coast of Florida.

Excerpt from Bloomberg

Fidel Castro, who established a communist regime in Cuba that survived the collapse of the Soviet Union, inspired revolutionary movements and brought two superpowers close to nuclear war before stepping down after 49 years in power, has died. He was 90.

The former leader died at 10:29 p.m. Friday local time, his brother President Raul Castro, who has ruled the country since 2006, said on state media Nov. 25. He will be cremated early on Saturday.

Reaction to his death, like his life, was deeply divided. World leaders including South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several Latin American politicians issued statements and tweets highlighting Castro’s achievements and extolling his virtues.

“To all the revolutionaries of the world, we have to continue with his legacy and his flag of independence, of socialism, of homeland,” tweeted Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.

At the same time, crowds of exiled Cubans and their supporters gathered on the streets of Miami to celebrate the passing of a sometimes unyielding ruler who divided families and ruled with an iron fist. Havana, meanwhile, remained quiet.

Cuban Revolution
French President Francois Hollande wrote in a statement that Castro “embodied the Cuban revolution, in the hopes it had aroused and then in the disillusions it had provoked” and expressed his condolences to Raoul, his family and the Cuban people.

One of the world’s longest-serving political leaders, Fidel Castro led rebel forces that wrested control of Cuba from Fulgencio Batista in 1959. As prime minister and then president, Castro boosted literacy and health care for the island’s poor, while imprisoning thousands of dissidents, seizing private property and sparking an exodus of Cubans who braved dangerous waters on homemade rafts to reach U.S. shores.

It’s not yet clear how Castro’s passing will impact the delicate detente between the U.S. and Cuba. Relations between the two countries have thawed since 2014, with President Barack Obama visiting Cuba this year and promising to ease sanctions that have crippled the island’s economy for half a century. However, on the campaign trail President-elect Donald Trump criticized Obama for making “concessions” to the regime.

In 1962, U.S. President John F. Kennedy imposed a trade embargo, which was continued under successive U.S. leaders, depriving Cuba of its largest trade partner and starving the economy of dollars. In 2014, the government claimed the U.S. embargo had cost the island $117 billion.

From 1960 to 1965, the CIA mounted at least eight assassination plots against Castro, according to the 1975 report of a U.S. Senate committee headed by Senator Frank Church, a Democrat from Idaho.
“I’ve survived 600 attempts on my life,” Castro said in Cordoba, Argentina, in July 2006.

The Bay of Pigs invasion was authorized by President John F. Kennedy. On April 17, 1961, refugees armed by the CIA staged an amphibious landing at the bay on the island’s southwest coast with the goal of sparking an uprising. Castro’s forces killed more than 100 invaders and captured more than 1,100. He released the prisoners after securing a ransom from the U.S. of $53 million worth of food and medicine.

Missile Crisis
Eighteen months later, photographs taken by a U.S. spy plane showed Castro had allowed the Soviet Union to build nuclear-missile bases in Cuba. The discovery marked the start of the Cuban Missile Crisis, 13 days during which the world stared down “the gun barrel of nuclear war,” in the words of Kennedy speechwriter Theodore Sorensen.

Kennedy imposed a naval blockade on Cuba and ordered nuclear weapons loaded onto aircraft.

After almost two weeks of crisis, Kennedy offered to secretly withdraw U.S. missiles from Turkey and Italy if the Soviet Union withdrew its missiles from Cuba. The next day, Radio Moscow broadcast a statement by Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev that the weapons would be dismantled.

While Cuba’s economy stagnated over the next decades, Castro sent military forces to support guerrilla movements in developing countries throughout the 1970s and 1980s, often clashing with U.S.-backed governments.

During Castro’s period in power, tens of thousands fled Cuba, mainly to the U.S., where they established anti-Castro communities in South Florida and the New York area.

Castro’s most enduring legacy involves his turning the American state of Florida into an Hispanic enclave because of all the Cubans who fled the island who settled in Florida.

CASTRO IN 2011.

Castro is also symbolic of the Latin American strong man leader. Western democracy has never really taken root in Latin America, no matter what the political science professors say. Fidel was just another dictator. The difference is that he had the good fortune to avoid assassination and/or being overthrown by the CIA.

9 thoughts on “Fidel Castro Dead at Age 90

  1. Western Democracy should not take root in Latin America, just look at the damage it has already done here. As for Castro, I hope this does not lead to instability and violence, that would lead not only to chaos there but also many more refugees coming to Florida. The Criollos already left in the 60s, now we’ll get the remaining demographics. Hope that the CIA or some other bunch of dickheads don’t interfere to make it worse.

  2. I think the CIA never tried to kill him. Just as nobody tried to kill Hitler. All attempts on the life of those two leaders were fake in my opinion, or at least uncovered before the bomb went off. Hitlers trousers got torn to shreds, you can see the officially released photo, but he could walk the same day. (Maybe a Hitler double was blown up).
    The CIA would otherwise be the worlds most useless and expensive intelligence agency. Especially with so many Cubans that hated Castro – supposedly.

    In Africa in the 1970s and 1980s, whitish Cubans and Russians were fighting and killing white South Africans and Rhodesians in multiple Coon countries. Very few blacks were fighting for their “freedom”, which they now have. Why did the Jew led USA and Jew led Soviet Union constantly fight and kill white people to “free up” black people? Either with good ol’ free enterprise and (((Capitalism)))) or sightly dubious (((Communism))).

    Looking back it is funny that almost no attempt was made to end Communism in the USSR, instead all the fighting took place elsewhere. Maybe the USA did not want the USSR to collapse, under the Hegelian dialectic of constant opposition and confrontation? Jews love this system but most whites would not understand the “benefits”.

    “Kennedy imposed a naval blockade on Cuba and ordered nuclear weapons loaded onto aircraft.”. Yet from the DailyMail site, nuclear bombs were airborne 24 hours a day in 1961 on B52s, many of which are still on active service.
    “The aircraft took its maiden flight in April 15, 1952, and until 1991 a flotilla of nuclear armed B52s patrolled the skies constantly, ready for nuclear armageddon.”

    The article did not mention the ten thousand or more criminals who Castro released and dumped in to Cuba, to the enduring loss of the USA. Only an idiot country takes another countries war criminals and professional criminals. Even though that is exactly what many of todays African and Muslim rapefugees also are.

      • Although I was born in Florida, we moved away. I made one trip back to the area where i was born, Tampa. That was probably sometime in the early to mid 90s. My father and I met a friendly Cuban grounds keeper at the big public university there. Nice fellow. We also went to the foreign district of town and ate a Cuban sandwich in a Cuban restaurant.

        Florida now has too many nonwhites to make it worth living there, even though it’s nice and warm in the winter. A lot of America is that way now.

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