On 25 November 2016, according to official Cuban records, Fidel Castro – one of the world’s most ruthless, brutal and oppressive Communist dictators – died without the cause of his death explicitly revealed.
Castro came to power in Cuba in 1959 after several years of Marxist guerrilla warfare and bloody revolution, with his right-hand-man, Ernesto “Che” Guevara, instrumental in the brutality and “success” of the campaign. (Castro’s rise to - and grip on - power was also assisted by the Soviet Union and American globalists, including Marxist sympathisers in the US State Department.)
Surviving the failed US coup and liberation attempt of the “Bay of Pigs” and “Cuban missile crisis” in 1961 and 1962 respectively (both under then Democrat President, John F Kennedy), Castro dug in and transformed Cuba over the 1960s and subsequent decades into the socialist, impoverished, repressive, backward (technologically and economically) dystopian wasteland it quickly became and remains today.
- Whilst not a political bed of roses (nor its riches equitably shared), Cuba went from the second-richest country in Latin America in the 1950s to now one of the very poorest (although a lack of economic data today makes a reliable comparison difficult). The US has had in place a strict and comprehensive economic embargo on Cuba throughout the Castro years in power.
Cuba is very slowly unwinding the socialist state control of its 'planned' economy, where over 90% of its labour force became state-employed, government spending was nearly the entire Cuban GDP and almost all means of production became owned by the state (with little, if any, compensation given when those means were nationalised - in effect, confiscated).
Symbolically, Castro’s reign since 1959 has left Cuba with around 60,000 cars among 11 million residents – most of them with mid-20th century technology and fuel economy. The streets of Cuba have for some time been reminiscent of the American sitcom, “Happy Days”, or an animated museum of post-WWII American gas-guzzlers.
Mark/celebrate the anniversary (according to official Cuban records) of remorseless atheistic Communist dictator Fidel Castro’s death by:
- watching these documentaries on Castro and his Cuban Marxist dystopia
- viewing these clips on the contrasting attitudes to Castro’s death from then outgoing US President Obama and then US President-elect Trump
- exploring further Casro’s life, attitudes, policies and results
- noticing the striking resemblance in appearance, facial expressions and mannerisms of current leftist Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, with a younger-looking Castro
- perusing these purported assassination attempts of Castro by the then US intel community (CIA), and/or
- sharing this Action Plan post on social media with family, friends, conservatives, classical liberals, anti-Marxists, fighters for freedom of speech, thought, association and exchange and those that value liberal democracy, small government, competitive capitalism, technological progress and Western civilisation.
Further details on Castro’s death, early life and regime
Curiously, the Cuban regime announced Castro’s death late on Black Friday – the day after Thanksgiving, widely known as the US public’s most disinterested news day/evening of the year – and, in effect, between US presidents, Obama and Trump.
- This was not unlike the Iranian regime releasing its US hostages on the equivalent day in November 1980 – also in the care-taker end of an out-going, weak US Democrat President, Jimmy Carter, before being replaced by the perceived-stronger and no-nonsense then US President-elect, Ronald Reagan.
In July 2006, Castro underwent surgery to repair a “sharp intestinal crisis with sustained bleeding” in a communist Cuban hospital but was not conclusively seen or heard from since. (Whilst Castro sightings and statements purportedly did occur subsequent to that date, none were confirmed by independent media that it was not a 'body-double' – a tactic often used by Marxist and other dictatorships concerned about instability and succession planning when their leaders or figureheads suddenly die or fall gravely ill and permanently incapacitated.
Castro was born on 13 August 1926 out of wedlock to his financially successful, sugar-farming father – a migrant from Spain – who took his Canarian household servant as his mistress (and later, second wife). The two had Fidel and six other children (although younger brother and successor to Fidel’s leadership of Cuba, Raul, is purported to have another father).
Castro graduated from the University of Havana as a Doctor of Law in 1950, but had already imbibed much Marxist ideology and indulged in political terror and lethal violence along the way. Released during an amnesty – after three years of incarceration from 1953 with brother Raul (who led their first of many assaults against the 1950s ruling Batista regime in Cuba) – the Castro brothers fled to Mexico where they organised revolutionaries to overthrow Batista. The group was called the “26th of July movement” and included Argentine Che Guevara.
Castro’s revolutionaries assailed the Batista regime from late 1956 for two full years – with the aid of other splinter groups, communists, Soviet agents and even American globalists, both in and outside of government – until General Batista fled the country on 1 January 1959. After a short stint as mere head of the new armed forces, Castro also became Cuban prime minister the next month, head of the Cuban Communist Party in mid-1961 and Cuban president from late 1976 until progressively “handing over” these leading roles to his trusted, younger brother Raul from mid-2006 (possibly due to Fidel’s death or utter incapacitation).
Like all Marxist revolutionaries and dictators of the 20th century, Castro indulged in his share of:
- mass killing and clubbing of dissidents
- drownings (including of boat people fleeing, primarily to Florida)
- concentration camps and torture
- human-rights abuses, including persecution of gays
- forced-relocations and exiles
- eradication of freedoms (speech, thought, association)
- confiscations (eg nationalisation of private assets without compensation), and
- impoverishment of his economy and people
with between 1-2 million attributed Cuban deaths along the way (including through preventable starvation, mal-nutrition, disease and squalor).
Castro’s regime also supported Marxist-inspired movements, guerilla activity and civil wars in numerous African, Asian and Latin American countries, typically with subsidies, aid and arms supplied by the then Soviet Union
- This imperialist “axis of Marxism” typically targeted third-world countries in a transition (often de-colonising from the West), but that were still functional and resourceful to their own populations and the West. Fuelling such chaos and insurgency became a common tactic of nihilistic, Marxist ideology in the back-half of the 20th century – one used without bounds or compunction, as the ends (weaken, usurp the West) justified any means, fallout, blood split and misery.
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