Fidel Castro’s Death Sparks Strong Emotions from International Leaders
December 11, 2016
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Former revolutionary and president of Cuba, Fidel Castro, died recently, sparking world leaders from around the world to speak their opinion.
Current President of the United States, Barack Obama, was one of the first to release a statement, commenting on the grief the Cuban people had been through and the impact the man had made. “At this time of Fidel Castro’s passing, we extend a hand of friendship to the Cuban people,” he said. “We know that this moment fills Cubans — in Cuba and in the United States — with powerful emotions, recalling the countless ways in which Fidel Castro altered the course of individual lives, families, and of the Cuban nation. History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him.”
In contrast, President-Elect Donald Trump left the four word sentiment of “Fidel Castro is dead!” on Twitter. However, to follow up, he said, “The world marks the passing of a brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades.” As opposed to President Obama, the President-Elect’s statement commented on the horrible trail Castro blazed. “Fidel Castro’s legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights,” he said.
Many newspapers, reporters, and researchers have analyzed and sifted through the commentary of world leaders around the world, including our very own. But a single question still remains: what does this mean? There is only one thing the world can entirely agree upon: the extreme disparity between these statements may be quite telling for what the future holds.