The Warsaw Network
The left-wing fascination by Fidel Castro

The death of Fidel Castro isn’t worth an article on our web-site. It doesn’t end, nor start anything. If, in five-years time, Cuba faces a new beginning – truly free elections and free market, we will write about this historic moment. But today, we are writing about hypocrisy of the progressive left-wing in the world. About people like Jean Claude Junker, Jimmy Carter, Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau and hundreds of others from the Twitter-left-side who nostalgically bid their farewells to one of the most appalling characters in history. I’m not a psychiatrist to get through the mazes of their logics. I simply wonder where does this admiration for the oppressors of their own nation, hidden in each socialist, come from. What makes people who constantly speak about freedom to admire a cowardly despot who, till the day of his death, didn’t dare to give his creation to be judged by his own people. Could that be some hidden dreams about a total control?

The same people who now regret Castro’s death, will never be convinced to Augusto Pinochet’s way of thinking – he was a dictator who left after loosing elections. Moreover, he returned shops, factories and fields to their rightful owners. Everything which was earlier stolen from his nation by his communist predecessors and the drug mafia.  As the English philosopher from the 19th Century Thomas Moore said: “The biggest despots pass away in the most ordinary way. They die and leave only nothingness behind.” In this case we should probably use the word havoc. A nation deprived of poets, philosophers, outstanding minds, happy that they had managed to escape or had been expelled before they rotted in prison. And now, I read on Facebook that Cuba has created so many excellent sportsmen and dancers, not to mention some well-known jazzmen, that we can’t discount Castro’s contribution to the world’s culture and sport. The question is how many of those talented people stayed on the island after their first tour, and how many other gifted individuals ended up locked in prisons. How blind must this left-wing carelessness be not to see that Castro was the only man except of Hitler who put so many gays in the death camps. Castro admired Stalin. When he faced growing racial conflicts concerning the strengthening black majority in Cuba, he acted as befits the left-side despot and sent an army composed of 100 000 black soldiers to fight in Angola. 30% of those who had come back soon died of AIDS. Does it stir some secret dreams of the head of the European Parliament Martin Schultz who says his farewell to the great revolutionist with deep sadness?

How short is memory of European socio-democracy which must have already forgotten how Castro reacted to the Prague Spring: “fascists are raising their heads,” or how he defined our Solidarność as an anti-workers movement of flagitious nationalism. The fact that he supported and armed all of the possible terrorist organisations in the world, from Red Brigades to IRA, FARAC, bandits in Peru, and Sandinista in Nicaragua slips the selective left-wing logics. Or maybe quite the contrary, members of the parties presently calling themselves Green in France or Germany can find there some memories of their “noble” idealistic youth.

I’ve been to Cuba once. Right after the end of communism in Europe. Exactly 25 years ago. I was seeking some signs of emerging liberty. What I saw was more new prisons, deportations and influence of North Korea and China. Later, many friends said “go, it might be the last moment. It’s going to be too late later.” Good Lord, too late for what? To see how people in their own country cannot enter the beaches? In the name of perversely understood equity, they introduced segregation for the rich and the poor. Too late to see how an only way for a career for a young girl is to sell her body for couple of Dollars. How people secretly trade products of their own creation, how families coop up in the devastated hovels, how they have to rely on charity from their families in Florida. Or maybe it would be too late to watch communist elites in the stolen palaces, infatuated by western brands and the most primitive signs of the capitalistic gloss. Is it really too late to see a humiliated nation?

Now the top brass of the party will start doing the same what was done in Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary or Ukraine. They will grant themselves proprieties rights to expensive hotels, they’ll make huge money on phone companies, power plants, ports. And before we know it, there’ll be a new Cuban billionaire on the Forbes list. Cuba’s path to freedom will be as ordinary as a death of a dictator. I want to calm down all of those who are so concerned that soon it will be too late to see this or that on Cuba – you’ll see a lot of humiliation before this nation will get back on their feet.

By: Tomasz Wróblewski