Fidel Castro’s Imprint
For each one of us, we will breath the last breath. ~ Natalie
Fidel Castro, the bellicose leader of the Republic of Cuba, was by far most infamous for his 6’3″ domineering rhetoric displayed on all black and white televised media in 1959. His passion, his words spoke to half of the population of Cuba when he revolutionized and overthrew the dictator Fulgencio Batista in 1959. He culminated and created the first communist state in the Western Hemisphere.
He was born on August 13, 1926 and died yesterday on November 25, 2016. By all accounts he was inherently a diabolical revolutionist. Driven as Prime Minister for the 11 million people who occupied Cuba, he would become a symbol of hope and for others a crucible. His gestalt communist ways would soon prove to be a cross to bear for many. Those many risked their lives to leave his dissension of power and discord. Plan their escape on boats leading to the democracy of the United States. He held onto his power, as a Cuban revolutionist, longer than any other leader except for Queen Elizabeth II, who is still continuing to appear quite strong for England.
Put no better put than by Anthony DePalma from the NY Times, “Mr. Castro brought the Cold War to the Western Hemisphere, bedeviled 11 American presidents and briefly pushed the world to the brink of nuclear war.”
“Fidel Castro, the fiery apostle of revolution who brought the Cold War to the Western Hemisphere in 1959 and then defied the United States for nearly half a century as Cuba’s maximum leader, bedeviling 11 American presidents and briefly pushing the world to the brink of nuclear war, died Friday. He was 90.”
“In declining health for several years, Mr. Castro had orchestrated what he hoped would be the continuation of his Communist revolution, stepping aside in 2006when he was felled by a serious illness. He provisionally ceded much of his power to his younger brother Raúl, now 85, and two years later formally resigned as president. Raúl Castro, who had fought alongside Fidel Castro from the earliest days of the insurrection and remained minister of defense and his brother’s closest confidant, has ruled Cuba since then, although he has told that the Cuban people he intends to resign in 2018.”
“He dominated his country with strength and symbolism from the day he triumphantly entered Havana on Jan. 8, 1959, and completed his overthrow of Fulgencio Batista by delivering his first major speech in the capital before tens of thousands of admirers at the vanquished dictator’s military headquarters.”
“A spotlight shone on him as he swaggered and spoke with passion until dawn. Finally, white doves were released to signal Cuba’s new peace. When one landed on Mr. Castro, perching on a shoulder, the crowd erupted, chanting: “Fidel! Fidel!” To the war-weary Cubans gathered there and those watching on television, it was an electrifying sign that their young, bearded guerrilla leader was destined to be their savior.”