Castro is finally dead, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seems to be the only one bummed about it. “It is with deep sorrow that I learned today of the death of Cuba’s longest serving President,” he said. “A legendary revolutionary and orator, Mr. Castro made significant improvements to the education and healthcare of his island nation,” Trudeau continued.
Everyone else is being a callous jerk! Sure, Fidel was a dictator who tortured and massacred tens of thousands of people. And yeah, maybe he sentenced thousands more to forced labor. And I suppose there are the millions more who fled the country or died trying. And…Maybe we’re still not happy about the time he sent 125,000 refugees over on boats, along with the contents of his prisons and mental hospitals. And I think we’re still sore about the fact that Castro asked Khrushchev to nuke us.
But still! Come on people now, try to look past the mass murders and remember the good times. Here are some New York Times headlines from Castro’s good old days as a young impassioned revolutionary.