Fidel Castro, the Cuban tyrant, who presided over the extrajudicial execution of thousands of his countrymen, the destruction of Cuba, twice called for a nuclear first strike on the United States, sponsored terrorism across the world, collaborated with genocidal dictators who murdered millions in Latin America, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East died last month at age 90 has twice been honored at important bodies of the United Nations in the past month.
"Mourning" Fidel Castro in Cuba, like Josef Stalin in Russia and Kim il Jong in North Korea had serious consequences for those who failed have the proper level of grief for the departed tyrant. Sadly, where the consequences are nowhere near as dire the Venezuelan delegation in Geneva and Cuban delegation in New York City was able to morally compromise to important UN bodies.
First on December 1, 2016 the United Nations General Assembly held a moment of silence for Fidel Castro in New York City. Five days later on December 6, 2016 at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva Switzerland a moment of silence was held for Fidel Castro. Two weeks later on December 20, 2016 the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York City paid tribute to the dead Cuban dictator for the third time.
Both of these actions are not only depraved but point to a deep lack of moral discernment at the United Nations. Fidel Castro's record is well documented. The Castro regime broadcast its mass executions at the start of the dictatorship in 1959 to terrorize the populace. The broadcasts of the executions ended but the firing squads continued until at least 2003. There have also been extrajudicial killings of nonviolent opposition leaders over the past five decades with Oswaldo Payá Sardiñas and Harold Cepero in 2012 being two recent examples. Dissidents have been the targets of violence, including brutal machete attacks in order to silence them. The case of Sirley Ávila León in 2015 is a sobering example.Presiding the special commemorative event to pay tribute to Fidel Castro Ruz, organized by the Permanent Mission of Cuba pic.twitter.com/yI2M511WoB— UN GA President (@UN_PGA) December 20, 2016
|2012 funeral of Oswaldo Payá Sardiñas following his extrajudicial killing|
The late Czech dissident, poet and former president Václav Havel understood and warned of the dangers of making small, moral compromises in October of 2009: "There arises a question as to whether those large, serious compromises do not have their origin and roots in precisely these tiny and very often more or less logical compromises." .
Those who know the facts of what has gone on in Cuba over the past six decades need to continue tell the whole truth to the world despite the moral failings of international bodies and organizations such as the United Nations.