Having willfully turned the island into a Soviet satellite, Castro welcomed the shipment of Soviet nuclear missiles there, provoking a crisis that nearly incinerated the world. He sent his troops to fight—and needlessly to die—for tyrannies abroad, and supported anti-American terrorist and revolutionary movements across the globe. He allowed desperate Cubans to drown at sea, rather than allow them to properly emigrate. And all the while, he lived a life of luxury, even as he bragged about being a champion of Cuba’s poor.
The number of deaths attributable to Castro’s regime is thought to be in the tens of thousands, though some say that is a conservative estimate.
The Cuban government continues to repress dissent and discourage public criticism. While in recent years it has relied less on long-term prison sentences to punish its critics, short-term arbitrary arrests of human rights defenders, independent journalists, and other critics have increased dramatically. Other repressive tactics employed by the government include beatings, public acts of shaming, and the termination of employment.
Ireland's President Michael Higgins said, “Having survived some 600 attempts on his life, Fidel Castro, known to his peers in Cuba as 'El Comandante', became one of the longest serving Heads of State in the world, guiding the country through a remarkable process of social and political change, advocating a development path that was unique and determinedly independent.”
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said, “With the death of Fidel Castro, the world has lost a man who was a hero for many. He changed the course of his country and his influence reached far beyond. Fidel Castro remains one of the revolutionary figures of the 20th century. His legacy will be judged by history.”
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said, “I extensively talked with #FidelCastro in person, it is his personality to believe and rely on people.”
United Kingdom's Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said Castro was a "champion of social justice."
Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a telegram to Raul Castro: “Free and independent Cuba, which he (Fidel Castro) and his allies built, became an influential member of the international community and became an inspiring example for many countries and nations. Fidel Castro was a sincere and reliable friend of Russia.”
Chinese President Xi Jinping said Castro “made immortal historical contributions to the development of socialism around the world.”
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro recalled Castro’s departure from Mexico on the yacht Granma with his brother Raul and several dozen supporters to start their revolution.
“Sixty years after the Granma sailed from Mexico, Fidel sails toward the immortality of all those who fight their whole lives,” Maduro tweeted. “Onward to victory, always!”
All the above are proponents of Marxism and sing the praises of “social justice” and total conformity in what they call a “fair and just classless society.” Their comments are to be expected since Fidel Castro exemplified their belief “revolution of, by, and for the worker.”
These final comments of these two world leaders are very troubling, but not unexpected, since they also sing the praises of Karl Marx and advocate his concept of “social justice.”
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called Castro a "remarkable leader" who "served his people for almost half a century" as the country's "longest serving president."
Comrade Obama offered condolences to the Castro family and extended “a hand of friendship” to the Cuban people.
Acknowledging that Castro’s death would be greeted by “powerful emotions” by Cubans in the country and in the U.S., Obama left it to history to “record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him.”
He walked a fine line in noting that there were “countless ways in which Fidel Castro altered the course of individual lives, families, and of the Cuban nation.”
History will be the judge of Marxists such as Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Chavez, and now Castro. Those who support Marxism will judge these dictators as revolutionaries fighting for “social justice” as have the people above. Those who support freedom and opportunity for all will judge the above Marxists as the brutal dictators they were.