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The real Cuba: mass-murderer Fidel Castro to die unpunished

By John Ballantyne - posted Friday, 16 March 2007

Cuban dictator Fidel Castro cruelly oppressed his people, and aided and abetted terror and genocide in Africa. Yet there are no calls (as there were with Chile's General Pinochet) for Castro to be brought to justice.

Only last year, media commentators and human-rights activists were expressing indignation and outrage that Chile's former military dictator General Augusto Pinochet should die without facing justice for the state-sanctioned torture, killings and disappearances which occurred under his rule.

But scarcely anything like this indignation has been expressed at the prospect of Cuban Communist dictator Fidel Castro dying without being brought to account for the far worse atrocities for which he was responsible during his more than four decades of iron-fisted rule in Cuba.


Not content with cruelly oppressing Cubans and driving into exile a tenth of the country's population, Castro is responsible for having exported violent revolution around the world, and for having aided and abetted terror and genocide in Africa.

All these, and many other of Castro's crimes against humanity, are a matter of public record. It is strange therefore that the Western media and chattering-classes should contrive to overlook them.

Psychopath and serial-killer though he was, Castro was also a superb self-publicist, and succeeded in winning himself a large and uncritical following among his bobby-sockser admirers in the West.

It was widely (and wrongly) believed that Castro was originally not a Communist, but rather a sort of Jeffersonian Democrat, reluctantly driven into the arms of the former Soviet Union by an intransigent United States.

As a matter of historical record, Castro's coming to power in Havana in 1959 was due largely to the US withdrawing support from the Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista.

The US in fact was one of the first countries in the world to recognise Castro's revolutionary regime. Not long afterwards, Castro was given a ticker-tape welcome by New Yorkers, and delivered a speech at Harvard.


On June 6, 1961, however, Castro declared that he had become a Communist many years before, at the age of 17. In 1983, he admitted: "No one drove me into the arms of Moscow. I studied these matters carefully and came to the conclusion that Marxism-Leninism offered the only logical explanation for human history - past, present and future."

Seldom reported in the Western media are Castro's pre-Communist political beliefs. People who knew Castro at university recall that he used to carry with him a well-thumbed copy of Hitler's Mein Kampf and was fascinated by Nazi pageantry and paraphernalia. He also admired Italian fascist dictator Mussolini, and would stand before a mirror copying Il Duce's style of delivery and strutting manner.

Historian (Lord) Hugh Thomas observed that Castro's subsequent dictatorship was "more than anything the first Fascist Left regime - by which I mean it is a regime with totalitarian left-wing goals established and sustained by methods of fascism".

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John Ballantyne is a historian and journalist, and edits News Weekly (published in Melbourne).

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