Greetings from Tyler,

Although the news is almost a week old, the news of the death of Fidel Castro certainly does mark an historic milestone in the lives of millions. It is most notable in the lives of tens of thousands who found survival under the Castro police-state so risky and unbearable that they would set out to sea on anything that would float in an effort to reach the United States. Despite the well-documented stories of horrors under Castro, of being cast into squalid prisons for daring to be critical of the Castro regime or its policies, or having to hide from firing squads rounding up people in the streets, left-leaning personalities in the educational and political realm have seen fit to eulogize the communist dictator as some kind of hero. Public mourning in Cuba continued throughout the week, whether legitimate or coerced, and some reporters from the area claim that Fidel elicited a sense of national pride from all over the island nation that is genuine.

But the Canadian Prime Minister caught almost everyone’s attention. Justin Trudeau praised the communist dictator, expressing “deep sorrow” for his passing. “Fidel Castro was a larger than life leader who served his people for almost half a century…” The statement went on from there, making everyone wonder whether the young Canadian PM has any idea what he’s talking about. One of the interesting points apparently discovered in documentation recovered after the fall of the Soviet Union is the fact that Fidel Castro actually urged Soviet Premier Khrushchev to fire nuclear weapons at American cities at the height of the Cuban missile crisis, and Khrushchev had to stand against Castro’s wish to engage in a nuclear war that would surely have affected all of us and much of the rest of the world from 1962 forward.

But the left seems to have an abiding respect for the communist dictator. You may have seen some of the interviews with college students who are firm in their opinion that Castro was certainly a better leader than the new President-elect of the United States.

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