Aging dictator sounds wiser
Fidel Castro is well known for his strong-handed communist dictatorship and alleged atrocities against his opposition. In the larger scheme of things, how will history judge Castro?
His recent speeches may be an attempt to offset his human rights record. He is right in declaring alarm about nuclear war and climate change for instance.
In the final analysis, it seems to me, historians will say that it was amazing that a guerrilla leader, fought against a corrupt dictatorship and nation ruled by organized crime and replaced it with a socialistic society albeit ruled with an iron fist.
If the USA had worked more cooperatively from the outset, would Cuba be in better shape? Would it have been possible for Castro Cuba and the USA to coexist? In the end, they did anyway. Could it have been better?
I think so. If the USA recognizes that there are different forms of economy and economic theory that would be an intelligent first step. You don’t have to compromise individual liberty to accommodate a broader spectrum of thought.
“His Friday address again raised the specter of nuclear war, calling for "the disappearance of nuclear weapons," but Castro also sounded the alarm over climate change, which he said "threatens human existence."”