|Castro tyrants at the Cuban Communist Party Congress in 2016|
"Lenin's work violated after 70 years of Revolution. What a history lesson! It can be affirmed that it should not take another 70 years before another event like the Russian Revolution occurs, in order that humanity have another example of a magnificent social revolution that marked a huge step in the struggle against colonialism and its inseparable companion, imperialism."However, Fidel Castro has done much more than merely wish for the return of Soviet-style communism. The great 20th century poet T.S. Eliot understood that "there is no such thing as a Lost Cause, because there is no such thing as a Gained Cause." This was also understood by the remaining communist powers and parties in the world after the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe in 1989.
|Fidel Castro and Lula Da Silva|
The hunger, the suffering, and deaths of thousands of Venezuelans should be laid at the feet of Fidel Castro who prepared and backed Hugo Chavez with the assistance of the Cuban military and intelligence services that are keeping Nicolas Maduro in power today. However the communists with their agents of influence in the media will blame capitalism, the United States, imperialism, global warming, and anything else that distracts from pointing the finger at them.
|Killing fields in Cambodia|
Not recognizing this historic context is a a foreign policy recipe for disaster.
2017 will mark 100 years since the first communist regime took power in Russia ushering in a century of bloodshed that included a brief alliance with Nazi Germany that plunged the planet into World War Two. The overall death count of victims of communism is 100 million dead and counting.
|Reynaldo Benito Antonio Bignone Ramayón with Fidel Castro Ruz|
Meanwhile tourists continue to visit totalitarian regimes as they have over the past century and returning with happy talk completely divorced from the reality on the ground.
This is why it is so important to remember the crimes of communism and reject attempts to rewrite the historical record by white washing these atrocities.
|Extra-judicially executed by the Castro regime on July 13, 1994|
Between June of 2009 and December 17, 2014 high profile Cuban dissidents were killed under suspicious circumstances in Cuba, but the drive to normalize relations meant that there were no consequences for the dictatorship and the killings continued generating a body count. Beginning with Orlando Zapata Tamayo on February 23, 2010 and peaking with the suspicious deaths of Ladies in White founder, Laura Inés Pollán Toledo on October 14, 2011 and Christian Liberation Movement leaders, Oswaldo Payá Sardiñas and Harold Cepero Escalante on July 22, 2012.
Anti-communists of the world need to unite and figure out how to save humanity from another century of communist barbarism.