I remember seeing the black and white news footage of people being executed by firing squad in 1959 Cuba. This was after Fidel Castro had seized control with his “democratic” revolution.
The Wall Street Journal has a good article on counting Castro’s victims. Imagine being one of those 166 condemned to die, but not before they drained 7 pints of blood from you to go to Vietnam and get hard currency.
I remember reading a Forbes article some years ago amassing Castro’s wealth at $900 million. For every dollar a tourist would spend some went to the Castro brothers.
All the while the people voted by the 100s of thousands with boats and inner tubes.
I can understand the infatuation many have had in the West over Cuba’s presumed “equality” but it reminds me of a famous line from George Orwell’s Animal Farm.
With all totalitarian regimes, everyone’s equal, but some are more equal than others.
While one can’t defend the Batista regime he replaced, one can’t help but wonder where Cuba would be today if Fidel had enacted true democratic reforms 57 years ago.