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Fidel Castro and the Castration of U.S. Latin American Policy

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Vultures Over Havana

Fidel Castro and the Castration of U.S. Latin American policy

When Fidel Castro died in his sleep at 90 on November 25 in Havana, American news consumers might have been forgiven for thinking he was slain in battle.

"Today, the world marks the passing of a brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades," said Donald Trump, according to CNN.

"Fidel Castro's legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights. While Cuba remains a totalitarian island, it is my hope that today marks a move away from the horrors endured for too long"" Trump promised to join with the Miami Cubans toward a future in which "the Cuban people can finally being their journey toward prosperity and liberty."

That should make the Cubans afraid. Very afraid.

As jingos jeered and cheered, even journalists you thought must know better leapt upon the burning bier. In an article entitled, "Fidel Castro Finally Dies," The Daily Beast's John Avlon excoriates Castro as "a bully and a thug: the latest in a long line of self-interested opportunists who rule through fear and pretend that it is love."

Avlon condemns everyone who swallowed the myth of Castro as a revolutionary hero:"One of the most prevalent forms of moral myopia on western campuses and their downstream affiliates is a tendency to excuse whatever oppressive totalitarian violence is committed in the name of the left.

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James McEnteer is the author of several books including "Shooting the Truth: the Rise of American Political Documentaries" (Praeger 2006). He lives in Quito, Ecuador

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