Fidel Castro is dead, which is good news. I suspect he’s finding the afterlife surprisingly scorching right about now.
A silver lining to Castro’s long life is that he lived enough years to see the collapse of the Soviet Union, the end of communism in Eastern Europe, the discrediting of Marxism, China abandonment of communist economics if not statist brutality, and, depending on his mental acuity in his final years, the collapse of Venezuela. Even some countries that are still communist, like Vietnam, the streets showcase American icons like McDonalds, Subway, Starbucks, and Kentucky Fried Chicken. Commandantes may rule the closed systems, but Colonel Sanders conquers the free market. The last 30 years of Castro’s life were a thorough global comeuppance for his philosophy and worldview.
Sadly, he also lived long enough to see this:
That’s President Obama, awkwardly trying to not appear like he’s raising his arms in mutual triumph with current Cuban dictator Raul Castro — as if our president belatedly and suddenly realized his trip was being used as propaganda by the island’s oppressive regime, and that the image would be used to suggest Obama endorsed all of Castro’s brutal methods.