Cuba’s former president penned a statement following President Obama’s visit. Fidel Castro wrote that Cuba “has no need of gifts” from the U.S.
“My modest suggestion is to reflect and do not try now to develop theories about Cuban politics,” Castro wrote of Obama.
“Native populations do not exist at all in the minds of Obama,” Castro wrote. “Nor does he say that racial discrimination was swept away by the Revolution; that retirement and salary of all Cubans were enacted by this before Mr. Barack Obama was 10 years old.”
Castro also harkened back to the 1961 failed invasion of the Bay of Pigs, saying, “Nothing can justify this premeditated attack that cost our country hundreds of killed and wounded.”
By most measures, Cuba’s economy is on life support, but Castro insists the communist system he put in provides for the island’s citizens.
“No one should pretend the people of this noble and selfless country give up its glory and rights,” he wrote. “We are able to produce food and material wealth we need with the effort and intelligence of our people.”
It seems Obama’s dream for an open and happy relationship with our Cuban socialist and communist neighbor is not forthcoming. Castro paints himself as the protector of “native population.”
Of course, protecting that population requires the same kind of butchery and tyranny Stalin used, and then act like the population enjoys great prosperity, culture, faith, and joy. This is the point Obama missed by giving credibility to tyranny and allowing the executive office to be used to further characterize Communism as something deserving equal standing among free nations.
Instead Obama acted as though his visit would bring sweeping change to Cuba because he truly believes that every president since Eisenhower has been wrong about Castro. So hurry out and build your business in Havana, but don’t unpack your suitcase too quickly as you might be heading back to the states’ sooner than you think.
After all, as Cuban dictator, Castro “nationalized” American businesses in 1956 and confiscated all the property and assets and that continuing dictatorship can do so again.