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Fidel Castro, Cuba's leader of revolution, dies at 90

CaptainObvious

Embrace the Suck
V.I.P.
hey lets not get too down on Canada. Obama and Carter's response wasn't a whole lot better:

Obama:
"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," Obama said in a statement. "History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him."

Carter:
Rosalynn and I share our sympathies with the Castro family and the Cuban people on the death of Fidel Castro. We remember fondly our visits with him in Cuba and his love of his country. We wish the Cuban citizens peace and prosperity in the years ahead.

News flash Liberals: The guys you vote for don't give a shit about homosexual rights. If that's a big issue, as it seems to be, you need to find another party. (Because Castro was a leader in killing homosexuals if you didn't know.)
Oh no doubt. There are plenty of industrial grade morons here as well, like these two, who don't know enough history to know about this guy, and are oblivious to the suffering of the Cuban people.

If you praise this piece of shit, your criticism of Donald Trump cannot be taken seriously.
 

MenInTights

not a plastic bag
Here's another moron:
"Everybody was totally convinced that Castro was the worst guy in the world," Sanders says in the archival video. "All the Cuban people were going to rise up in rebellion against Fidel Castro. They forgot that he educated their kids, gave them healthcare, totally transformed the society."
Bernie Sanders (1985)

What he's saying there is: Yes Castro took your property, killed all the homosexuals and dissidents, and placed you in oppression but he gave you CastroCare. Why are you people so stupid not to realize that CastroCare is the most important thing in the world.


You really learn who people are when a dictator dies.
 

CaptainObvious

Embrace the Suck
V.I.P.
Chevy Chase once said "Cuba is proof socialism works". The stupidity of these people is mind numbing. They compare Trump to Hitler, then when an ACTUAL GUY is like Hitler, they praise. You can't make up this stupidity.
 

Hilander

Free Spirit
Staff member
V.I.P.
I don't see how anyone can praise Castro. During his life he has caused the deaths and untold hardships of many. Sure he did see that his people had free medical care but at the same time they have no freedoms we take for granted here. You could end up in prison for life for talking against him. All media is controlled by the state. I don't see the trade off as worth it. I hope now that Fidel is gone maybe this will change at least some.

Fidel Castro came to power with the Cuban Revolution of 1959. By the end of 1960, according to Paul H. Lewis in Authoritarian Regimes in Latin America, all opposition newspaper had been closed down and all radio and television stations were in state control.[3] Lewis states that moderate teachers and professors were purged, about 20,000 dissidents were held and tortured in prisons.[3]

Homosexuals as well as other "deviant" groups who were barred from military conscription, were forced to conduct their compulsory military service in camps called "Military Units to Aid Production" in the 1960s, and were subjected to political "reeducation".[4][5][6] Castro's military commanders brutalized the inmates.[7]

One estimate from The Black Book of Communism is that throughout Cuba 15,000-17,000 people were executed.[8] Meanwhile, in nearly all areas of government, loyalty to the regime became the primary criterion for all appointments.[9]
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuban_dissident_movement

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/1579626/Freed-dissidents-expose-Castros-brutal-regime.html
 

Dr4gon

Registered Member
V.I.P.
Cuba is seriously creepy. Has Cuba ever had anything but evil dictators? I wanted to get why so many props for Castro. Still cluesless. How could any Cubans in Cuba even know what Freedom means?

Fulgencio Batista Zaldívar (Spanish: [fulˈxensjo βaˈtista i salˈdiβar]; January 16, 1901 – August 6, 1973) was the elected President of Cuba from 1940 to 1944, and dictator from 1952 to 1959, before being overthrown during the Cuban Revolution. Fulgencio Batista initially rose to power as part of the 1933 Revolt of the Sergeants that overthrew the authoritarian rule of Gerardo Machado. He then appointed himself chief of the armed forces, with the rank of colonel, and effectively controlled the five-member Presidency. He maintained this control through a string of puppet presidents until 1940, when he was himself elected President of Cuba on a populist platform.[1][2] He then instated the 1940 Constitution of Cuba, considered progressive for its time,[3] and served until 1944. After finishing his term he lived in Florida, returning to Cuba to run for president in 1952. Facing certain electoral defeat, he led a military coup that preempted the election.

Back in power, Batista suspended the 1940 Constitution and revoked most political liberties, including the right to strike. He then aligned with the wealthiest landowners who owned the largest sugar plantations, and presided over a stagnating economy that widened the gap between rich and poor Cubans.[4] 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 U.S.-based multinational companies which were awarded lucrative contracts.[4][5] 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.[6][7][8] For several years until 1959, the Batista government received financial, military, and logistical support from the United States.[9]

Catalyzing the resistance to such tactics, for two years (December 1956 – December 1958) Fidel Castro's 26th of July Movement and other nationalist rebelling elements led an urban and rural-based guerrilla uprising against Batista's government, which culminated in his eventual defeat by rebels under the command of Che Guevara at the Battle of Santa Clara on New Year's Day 1959. Batista immediately fled the island with an amassed personal fortune to the Dominican Republic, where strongman and previous military ally Rafael Trujillo held power. Batista eventually found political asylum in Oliveira Salazar's Portugal, where he lived until his death on August 6, 1973, near Marbella, Spain.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fulgencio_Batista
 

Hilander

Free Spirit
Staff member
V.I.P.
Cuba is seriously creepy. Has Cuba ever had anything but evil dictators? I wanted to get why so many props for Castro. Still cluesless. How could any Cubans in Cuba even know what Freedom means?


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fulgencio_Batista
No wonder Castro was able to gain control. Hopefully the future will be brighter for Cubans.
 

Hilander

Free Spirit
Staff member
V.I.P.
I don't know how anyone could praise a monster like Castro. Shows you how messed up some in Hollywood are. I have to agree with O'Reilly's assessment of them, pinheads.

On July 13, 1994, 72 desperate Cuban citizens, including seniors and young children, floated on a wooden tugboat in a turbulent sea, trying to make their way to Florida and dreaming of the freedom that now lingered within their grasp. Their aspirations were met with a nightmarish jolt when Castro’s patrol boats suddenly rammed the back of their vessel. The frightened women held up their little children in the air to let Castro’s thugs know what the situation entailed. And the thugs returned their expected response: on the orders of the head beast in charge, they blasted the mothers with children in hand with their water cannon, mowing them — and all the other escapees on board — into the merciless waves.
Glazov: 'Monster' Fidel Castro Leaves Blood of Innocents in His Wake - Breitbart
 

Shwa

Well-Known Member
V.I.P.
You gotta admit though, he did survive a whole lot that the U.S threw at him. That's the only props I'll give. (The numbers are probably exaggerated but ya know, still he dodged a lot of assassinations)

~ShwaFidel.jpg
 
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