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For Liberals, Castro Represents A Last Roadblock To Forgetting The Evils Of Communism

In the wake of Cuban despot Fidel Castro’s death at the age of 90, media and public response has been decidedly mixed among North American and European personalities. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Irish President Michael Higgins, for instance, both penned effusive eulogies praising the “longest serving president” who advocated a “development path that was unique and determinedly independent.” Yet the nation’s largest community of Cuban-Americans, many of whom are exiles or escapees of the oppressive regime, celebrated in the streets that the man who jailed, murdered and starved thousands of their people was at last dead.

Why this chasm between those in the West who unequivocally condemn the man and those who are paying him post-mortem lip service? His deeds, among them mass murder and incarceration, the criminalization of free speech and homosexuality, and the absolute restriction of emigration from the country, would certainly horrify any person who values a Western society that protects the freedom to pursue one’s own ends.

One must wonder if the hesitation to outright condemn Castro comes in part from Western progressivism’s complex relationship with communism: American and European leftist intellectuals were quick to embrace communist precepts and praise early movements before the extent of the oppression and poverty in the USSR and elsewhere was known. French existentialist and political theorist Jean-Paul Sartre famously renounced communism, after years of intellectual participation in communist politics, when he witnessed first-hand the atrocities of the USSR. He was, as many Western leftists have been, enamored with surface elements of communist thought until familiar with its oppressive application. If this realization is so crucial, then forgetting communism’s violent history can only promote its renewed romantic aura in the eyes of the public and intellectuals alike.

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Trump will Leave Ukraine Out in the Cold

The election of Donald Trump does not bode well for embattled Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Speaking to reporters, Poroshenko downplayed concerns that Trump is too cosy with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, saying that Kiev had “no doubt” that Trump would continue to help Ukraine resist Russian aggression. Yet most indicators seem to point to the possibility of leaving Poroshenko completely out in the cold, with a new detente between Washington and Moscow that recognizes Putin’s interests in Ukraine.

During his candidacy, Trump consistently condemned Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy, including her hostility to Russia. Trump has also repeatedly praised Putin as a strong leader and said, “… [I]f we could have a good relationship with Russia and if Russia would help us get rid of ISIS, frankly as far as I’m concerned… that would be a positive thing, not a negative thing.” Thus unless Trump appoints a hawkish member of the establishment, such as George W. Bush’s former UN Ambassador John Bolton, he seems poised to reach an agreement with Russia in which both sides agree to respect their traditional spheres of influence.

Already, Trump and Putin have had an official phone call to discuss improving relations. Toward this end Russian state TV has become less anti-American, and online propaganda sites like Sputnik News have written that Trump and Putin will come to a “gentlemen’s agreement regarding Eurasian politics.” This is bad for Poroshenko who cannot stand up to Russia on his own and who has no other allies since the European Union has repeatedly tried and failed to build its own unified military and foreign policy.

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