By:Aedan Sara O’Connor
I travelled to Cuba as a little girl. It’s a hot tourism spot for Canadians. When we were there I kept hearing comments on how nice it was to travel to an all-inclusive away from “those gauche Americans”. I kept hearing about how great their health care was and how beautiful and quaint the 1950s architecture was. I was told to give away some of my old clothes and toys to the Cuban children, being a petulant 8 year old brat made me reluctant to do so. When I asked why I was greeted with “The Cuban government is a bit different from the government in Canada. They don’t have as much money, but everybody has great medicine and schools”. It didn’t sit right with me then, but I did not question it. That was the mantra of all of the tourists, excusing Cuba’s brutal communist regime. This was echoed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who eulogized Cuba’s dictator Fidel Castro where he lauded their health care and called him a “legendary revolutionary”. Trudeau said that his father, former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, called him a friend.
Before 1959 Cuba was a prosperous nation, led by Fulgencio Batista. He was a dictator of sorts, but was seen to be in the process of transitioning to democracy. He was considered a non-violent Pinochet. He was staunchly anti-communist. There was a violent revolution in 1959 led by Fidel Castro that overthrew the government. They immediately started executing dissidents, ultimately murdering thousands of Cubans. He exiled all religious figures. He was a brutal homophobe who executed gays and even suspected gays. He imprisoned a larger percentage of his citizens than both Stalin and Hitler. Millions of Cubans fled, and many drowned. He impoverished the country. The government rationed the food and it is inadequate. The healthcare, that is internationally lauded as a positive for socialism, is abysmal. There is a two tier system where Castro and his family- along with foreigners who pay cash receive top notch health care, while the remainder of the country, trapped in poverty, receives a much different treatment.
Jay Nordlinger of the National Review describes it well “Hospitals and clinics are crumbling. Conditions are so unsanitary, patients may be better off at home, whatever home is. If they do have to go to the hospital, they must bring their own bed sheets, soap, towels, food, light bulbs — even toilet paper. And basic medications are scarce… The equipment that doctors have to work with is either antiquated or nonexistent. Doctors have been known to reuse latex gloves — there is no choice.” American severed relations with Cuba under president John Kennedy in 1961 and imposed a commercial and financial embargo. Travel between the United States and Cuba was suspended. This, of course, was during the cold war, when Cuba was aligned with the communist Soviet Union and it was a strong signal that the United States stood against communism and for liberty. In 2008 Fidel’s brother Raul took over to follow his brother’s legacy as a tyrannical dictator. In 2015 US President Barack Obama restored diplomatic relations, sending a signal to the world that Cuba was not the atrocious human rights violator that it is. In 2016 Fidel Castro died of old age, almost 60 years after we should have killed him to liberate Cuba. I hope under Trump we can end Raoul Castro’s tyrannical regime. This may mean a war and an occupation, but I believe, that the liberation of millions of cubans is worth it. #FreeCuba
Aedan Sara O’Connor is the founder and CEO of Dame Right. While she is an American patriot, she was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. An avid political junkie and nerd, she created Dame Right when she saw a void to be filled in feminine conservative media. Her previous work has been featured in Daily Wire, The National Post, Rebel Media, Toronto Sun and Jerusalem Post.