“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” Abraham Lincoln

Viva Fidel Castro.

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Fidel Castro has shown that he isn’t just a declining ex-dictator with an eye to history.

No, Castro may have largely controlled and manipulated events in Cuba for nearly 50 years, but he’s no old codger.

Castro may have inflicted one-party rule on Cubans and limited their lives irreparably, but he’s no fool.

Fidel Castro has done what countless Western “anti-imperialists” avoided doing.

Castro has robustly and openly condemned Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s racism.

Castro does more in one interview with Jeff Goldberg than most Western “anti-imperialists” have managed to do in years, Castro sees through Ahmadinejad’s antisemitism and he is clearly against it.

Goldberg summarises:

“Castro’s message to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the President of Iran, was not so abstract, however. Over the course of this first, five-hour discussion, Castro repeatedly returned to his excoriation of anti-Semitism. He criticized Ahmadinejad for denying the Holocaust and explained why the Iranian government would better serve the cause of peace by acknowledging the “unique” history of anti-Semitism and trying to understand why Israelis fear for their existence.

He said the Iranian government should understand the consequences of theological anti-Semitism. “This went on for maybe two thousand years,” he said. “I don’t think anyone has been slandered more than the Jews. I would say much more than the Muslims. They have been slandered much more than the Muslims because they are blamed and slandered for everything. No one blames the Muslims for anything.” The Iranian government should understand that the Jews “were expelled from their land, persecuted and mistreated all over the world, as the ones who killed God. “

Fidel Castro has stated concisely in a few paragraphs more than the concerted Western media would really like to acknowledge, the length and persistency of antisemitism, and how that plays a part in Israeli’s thinking.

Castro has stated openly that antisemitism lingers on today, that is something that Western “anti-imperialists” would do well to ponder.

Viva Fidel Castro!!!

(H/T: Engage)

Written by modernityblog

08/09/2010 at 00:21

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  1. Castro seems to be going into some kind of “atonement” phase – last week he was regretting the persecution of homosexuals…
    …maybe this is him getting his conscience in better order before he shuffles off?


    08/09/2010 at 02:49

  2. can remember that I read somewhere, that Castro himself suffered anti-semitic attacks by the Cuban right around 1960 due to rumours that his mother is of Sephardic or Chueta descent


    09/09/2010 at 15:08

  3. Yes, Ent, I have read similar else where, but I don’t think it detracts from the veracity of his comments.


    09/09/2010 at 15:30

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