fidel-castroFidel Castro, the world’s second-longest reigning ruler, died this week. Many international leaders have waxed nostalgic upon his passing. There should be no ambiguity about Fidel Castro’s legacy. He was a brutal dictator who brought tyranny and oppression to the Cuban people. He stifled the once-promising economic growth of post WWII Cuba and caused masses of Cuban citizens to risk death and deportation to flee to Florida on boats. His is a legacy of political prisoners, torture, and extrajudicial executions, and millions of Cubans who lived in fear of their government. This is important because Fidel’s brother Raul still rules in Cuba, and the world needs to see clearly how he and his brother have ruled their country if we are to best help the Cuban people.

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