Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Goodbye Castro

So, Fidel Castro has finally retired. While he overthrew a corrupt and brutal dictatorship which murdered and tortured dissidents, he simply replaced it with one of his own. Castro is a perfect example of the dangers of revolution; revolutions should make people free, not simply slaves to a different master.

While initially it looks like Fidel's brother Raul will replace him as President, the hope now is that Cuba will return to democracy. That may take a while - Castro will exert a powerful influence on his party even from the background, and we will probably have to wait until he dies. But the fact remains that Cuba now has a chance at freedom, and we should all be hoping that they take it.