New Start for Cuba

Cubans celebrate in reaction to Fidel Castro’s death

There is a mix of emotions for Cuba as their Former Communist dictator Fidel Castro is dead at 90.

Some argue that his leadership was effective and bold. But for the Millions who fled the repressive police state, leaving behind their possessions, their families, and the home they loved.

It’s part of the paradox that many people belonged to both groups. So the question is: what kind of ruler was he?

He was ruthless, he went back on his promise of free elections, executed thousands of people, and imprisoned tens of thousands.

He installed a Communist regime and made his island a pawn in the Cold War. His alliance with the Soviet Union brought the world to nuclear war in 1962.

Castro, although always controversial, once seemed to be a fresh approach to conflicts.

To his followers and admirers he presented change. He offered a form of liberation and integrity to Cuba.

Many believed his promise of a “humanistic” revolution based on nationalism — not communism — with agrarian reform, free elections and the restoration of the liberal 1940 constitution.

Hope turned bitter as they felt betrayal. Castro quickly pushed aside former alliances, jailed protesters, ridiculed the idea of elections and converted Cuba to a one-party.

So in the end, it is up to those affected by his reign. After leading Cuba for nearly five decades, it’s time for a change. 44175-004-1aa92245