“From the Bridge”
The Death of Fidel Castro
At age 90 on November 25, 2016, the death of Fidel Castro brought on an outpouring of emotions in the United States and Cuba. As expected the emotions ranged from extreme elation to profound grief. I have been asked by many as to where I stand on this issue and my answer is simple. It is first and foremost, that we all grieve the passing of any fellow human being…. However it can be understood that many Cubans especially in Miami feel elation and now have a new hope for the future. Politically the fight is far from over but Fidel Castro’s death opened the door to a better understanding between Cuba and the rest of the world, especially the United States. It is not an opportunity that should be squandered, but rather be cautiously built upon in a most responsible way. My condolences go out to the Cuban people who have long suffered under the relentless yoke of an unbearable tyrannical ideology. Perhaps Fidel Castro’s death will offer them a better future. What follows are the views of people with close ties to the Island Nation.
Andy Garcia said he felt “deep sorry” for all Cuban people.
“It is necessary for me to express the deep sorrow that I feel for all the Cuban people both inside and outside of Cuba that have suffered the atrocities and repression caused by Fidel Castro and his totalitarian regime,” he said in a statement. “The promise of his so-called revolution of pluralism, democracy, were and continue to be a false promise and a betrayal of all basic human rights.”
The actor Laz Alonso posted a video of people celebrating Castro’s death in Miami.
“There is a reason they celebrate,” he wrote in the caption. “Unless you lived it, are related to those that did or lost relatives that did, you do not know.”
Gloria Estefan, released a lengthy statement saying the death of what Castro symbolized was renewing the Cuban exile community with hope…..
“Although the death of a human being is rarely cause for celebration, it is the symbolic death of the destructive ideologies that he espoused that, I believe, is filling the Cuban exile community with renewed hope and a relief that has long been in coming,” she wrote.
US President Barack Obama extended a hand of friendship to the Cuban people and said “history will record and judge the enormous impact” of Castro.
The Nelson Mandela Foundation sent deepest condolences to the people & government of Cuba on the passing of Fidel Castro.
Donald Trump has weighed in twice on the death of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro.
The president-elect offered up a four-word tweet shortly after 8 a.m. Saturday, saying simply: “Fidel Castro is dead!”
President Elect Trump followed that up a few hours later with a lengthier statement, in which he called Castro a “brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades” and said he hoped Castro’s death gave Cuban Americans “the hope of one day soon seeing a free Cuba.”
“Fidel Castro’s legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights,” the statement said.
“While Cuba remains a totalitarian island, it is my hope that today marks a move away from the horrors endured for too long, and toward a future in which the wonderful Cuban people finally live in the freedom they so richly deserve.”
Trump added: “Though the tragedies, deaths and pain caused by Fidel Castro cannot be erased, our administration will do all it can to ensure the Cuban people can finally begin their journey toward prosperity and liberty.”
Shortly thereafter, Vice President-elect Mike Pence sent out a tweet, saying: “The tyrant Castro is dead. New hope dawns.”
Without a doubt it is the end of an era!
Captain Hank Bracker, author of the multi “FAPA” award winning book “The Exciting Story of Cuba,” To understand Cuba’s present you must know it’s past!
The photo shows an infirmed Fidel Castro holding a copy of the State Newspaper “Granma.” At the time, he was quoted as saying that he would not stand in the way of diplomacy with Washington.