Its interesting the amount of venom that is evident at the death of Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz the leader of Cuba.
Most, leave out the good Castro did for his country and coupled with Marx ideology and hate for Americans led his country against many opportune moments that led to attempted assassinations and even a invasion that went badly wrong.
Castro from an early age decided that as the son of a wealthy farming family he headed for University and polical future. He read and was influenced by the Marxist writings of Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, and Vladimir Lenin
He decided his own country was headed in the wrong direction under Batista and when he left he proclaimed “”leaving Cuba because all doors of peaceful struggle have been closed to me … As a follower of Martí, I believe the hour has come to take our rights and not beg for them, to fight instead of pleading for them.”
Now think for a moment …is this any difference at all to The American Revolutionary War and was the first successful colonial war of independence against a European power. Americans had developed an ideology of “republicanism” asserting that government rested on the will of the people as expressed in their local legislatures. They demanded their rights as Englishmen and “no taxation without representation”. The British insisted on administering the empire through Parliament, and the conflict escalated into war.
Cuba was no different. They had Batista in power who achieved his reign by overthrowing Gerado Merchado. They had many things in common.
Batista’s increasingly corrupt and repressive government then began to systematically profit from the exploitation of Cuba’s commercial interests, by negotiating lucrative relationships with the American Mafia, who controlled the drug, gambling, and prostitution businesses in Havana, and with large US-based multinationals who were awarded lucrative contracts.
With prohibition and avoidance of taxes, Cuba and its peoples were at the whim of the USA…Castro was the antidote.
To quell the growing discontent amongst the populace—which was subsequently displayed through frequent student riots and demonstrations—Batista established tighter censorship of the media, while also utilizing his Bureau for the Repression of Communist Activities to carry out wide-scale violence, torture and public executions; ultimately killing anywhere from hundreds to 20,000 people. For several years until 1959, the Batista government received financial, military, and logistical support from the United States.
Fearing Castro was a socialist, the U.S. instructed Cantillo to oust Batista. Cantillo secretly agreed to a ceasefire with Castro, promising that Batista would be tried as a war criminal; however, Batista was warned, and fled into exile with over US$300,000,000 on December 31, 1958
And you wondered where American politicians got it from?
In response to popular uproar, which demanded that those responsible be brought to justice, Castro helped set up many trials, resulting in hundreds of executions. Although widely popular domestically, critics–in particular the U.S. press–argued that many were not fair trials. Castro responded that “revolutionary justice is not based on legal precepts, but on moral conviction”. Acclaimed by many across Latin America, he traveled to Venezuela where he met with President-elect Rómulo Betancourt, unsuccessfully requesting a loan and a new deal for Venezuelan oil. Returning home, an argument between Castro and senior government figures broke out. He was infuriated that the government had left thousands unemployed by closing down casinos and brothels. As a result, Prime Minister José Miró Cardona resigned, going into exile in the U.S. and joining the anti-Castro movement.
Militarily weaker than NATO, Khrushchev wanted to install Soviet R-12 MRBM nuclear missiles on Cuba to even the power balance. Although conflicted, Castro agreed, believing it would guarantee Cuba’s safety and enhance the cause of socialism. Undertaken in secrecy, only the Castro brothers, Guevara, Dorticós and security chief Ramiro Valdés knew the full plan. Upon discovering it through aerial reconnaissance, in October the U.S. implemented an island-wide quarantine to search vessels headed to Cuba, sparking the Cuban Missile Crisis. The U.S. saw the missiles as offensive; Castro insisted they were for defense only. Castro urged Khrushchev to threaten a nuclear strike on the U.S. should Cuba be attacked, but Khrushchev was desperate to avoid nuclear war. Castro was left out of the negotiations, in which Khruschev agreed to remove the missiles in exchange for a U.S. commitment not to invade Cuba and an understanding that the U.S. would remove their MRBMs from Turkey and Italy.
In other words the missiles in Cuba was at a direct result of the USA putting missiles in both Italy and Turkey and aimed at Moscow.
Most of the rest is history, but one that Fidel Castro is seen as the bad guy because he would not become a pawn like Batista.
The press today are being unfair, possibly because they do not know or care to know. Young people are taking to the streets in Miami because they hear only what their parents say, and most of those being descendants of those who had much to gain from a sue do occupation of the Mafia and the USA.
What Castro did was to manage to keep his country autonomous from the USA no matter how hard they fought against him. It is to his credit he did, because do you really think Cuba would be any better off if the current rules of the USA were applied to Cuba?
I dont think so!