Hey, one man’s prison is a prime minister’s paradise
Canadians are upset, says Dr. Charles McVety, president of Canada Christian College, “because everyone knows that Castro was a butcher with his firing squads.”
But that grim history failed to make it into the statement from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (pictured above), who called Castro a “larger than life leader who served his people for almost half a century.”
A native of Cuba and longtime anti-communist activist says he was pleased with a statement from President-elect Donald Trump after the death of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
America’s embargo of Cuba is “codified in the law,” says activist Humberto Fontova, and he credits Trump for planning to keep tight restrictions on the communist-run island nation.
On Monday, Trump stated on social media that he plans to “terminate” President Barack Obama’s reestablishment of diplomatic ties if Cuba is unwilling to “make a better deal for the Cuban people, the Cuban/American people and the U.S. as a whole.”
“And given some of the appointments (Trump) has made to the transition team,” Fontova observes, “it looks like he’s going to carry through on that campaign pledge.”
Fontova fled the communist regime in 1961 and has since authored several books about Castro’s reign.
Castro and his brother Raul led a guerilla army that overthrew the government of Fulgencio Batista, himself a dictator, in 1959. Yet the country replaced one dictator with another, and Castro’s regime took over private property, executed or jailed dissidents, and oppressed churches and the press.
As recently as March, when President Barack Obama visited the island, Raul Castro claimed the country did not imprison political dissidents.
The media’s fawning coverage of Castro kept the Media Research Center busy over the weekend, leading MRC President Brent Bozell to blast the liberal media.
An estimated 11,000 people were killed by Castro’s regime, he told Fox Business.
In his End of Day commentary on Nov. 28, Gary Bauer writes that it was predictable that the media would praise Castro for his supposed first-rate educational system and healthcare. But it’s hard to know if those supposed feats are even true, he points out.
“But even if you accept the left’s arguments, the deal forced on the Cuban people was unacceptable,” Bauer writes. “The cost of free healthcare and education was giving up religious and political rights.”
The closest Trudeau came to admitting that Castro killed and jailed opponents was calling him a “controversial figure” but still insisted the communist strongman had “tremendous dedication and love” for the Cuban people.
“Is this a real statement or a parody?” U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, in a tweet, responded to Trudeau. “Because if this is a real statement from the PM of Canada it is shameful & embarrassing.”
McVety says Trudeau’s glowing assessment of Castro should not be surprising in light of his response to a question before he became prime minister.
“Trudeau was asked what country he admired the most and his answer was China, another communist regime,” McVety says. “So it just shows you the mindset of our prime minister.”