Tuesday 25 April 2017

Ian O'Doherty: None of us should be surprised at El Presidente's fawning over West's last socially acceptable despot

A child plays in front of a mural of late former Cuban leader Fidel Castro at the market in Managua, Nicaragua. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas
A child plays in front of a mural of late former Cuban leader Fidel Castro at the market in Managua, Nicaragua. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

Well, old age and infirmity finally did what a succession of American presidents failed to do - bring an end to Fidel Castro, the last socially acceptable despot in the Western hemisphere.

When Michael D Higgins issued his statement on the death of Castro, it was conveyed with all the warmth you would expect from an old friend - or at the very least, an ideological fellow traveller.

"Fidel Castro will be remembered as a giant among global leaders whose view was not only one of freedom for his people but for all of the oppressed and excluded peoples on the planet," the President said in a statement which will go down in history as one which spectacularly misjudged the mood of the people he is paid to represent.

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