The death of Fidel Castro has further exposed the long slow drift of the West towards leaders who lean so far left they are unable to tell the truth about a man who was—as Trump put it—“a brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades.”
Instead, we get a carefully-worded weasel statement from President Obama, for example, from whom never a discouraging word is heard about Castro. But Obama’s statement is practically hard-hitting compared to some of the fulsome [see NOTE *1] praise heard from many other Western leaders. As Marco Rubio said:
Some of these people you’re talking about are people that have never had to live… near him, or anywhere around him or been impacted” by what he’s done, Rubio said. “Others, quite frankly have anti-American sentiments and have always viewed Fidel Castro as a person who stood up to America.”
“And others quite frankly are left-leaning — they just agree with his ideology,” he said.
One of the most over-the-top responses had been that of Canada’s Trudeau, whose remarks about Castro were so positive, and so carefully evasive in their wording, that they have unleashed a Twitter storm of humorous ridicule in which people imagine how Trudeau might have eulogized some of the most evil people in history. Very funny indeed. But there’s nothing funny about what has happened to the West—its moral and political decay, and its contempt for its own citizens who can still see, for the moment, anyway, what their so-called leaders think them unable to see.
It’s not an accident that so many Western heads of state think their people might swallow the idea that Castro was a really nice man who held onto power for over fifty years in Cuba (with his brother taking up the slack after that) merely because he was such a great guy and so excessively beloved. The Western media has been pushing that story for a long, long time, as chronicled here.
Not everything goes back to Donald Trump, even though it may seem so these days. But this story does, because it is hard to not be struck by the contrast between Trump’s response and that of so many of the other Western leaders. It takes a lot to make Trump seem like a breath of fresh air, but they continually manage to do so. This is precisely the sort of thing that has made Trump seem to a lot of people like a welcome relief from the claptrap that emanates from the mouth of so many other heads of state.
That’s not to say that some of his GOP opponents—and in particular I mean Cruz, as well as the previously-quoted Rubio—wouldn’t have been just as frank, particularly on this issue. But they are not going to be president, and Trump is.
[NOTE *1: I mean “fulsome” in its earlier meaning not just of “abundant” but of “offensive.”]
[NOTE 2: The title of this post is a reference to Mark Antony’s funeral oration for Caesar.]
[ADDENDUM: Among all the other things the left conveniently ignores is Castro’s record on gay rights: “it should never be forgotten that [Castro] was also an oppressor, torturer, and murderer of gay people.”]