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    Mandela Has Died – Hopefully One Day His Real Thoughts About The Dictator Fidel Castro Will Come To Light

    Mandela Has Died: Hopefully One Day His Real Thoughts About The Dictator
    Fidel Castro Will Come To Light / Angel Santiesteban
    Posted on December 22, 2013

    I always assumed, out of respect and ethics, not to speak disparagingly
    of the dead. This time I will not. To this I will turn to a literary
    level suggestion. Nor will I agree to see the stains on the sun, when
    this African leader has filled pages of heroism for his pacifist stance
    toward which belonged to him in his own right, and which he demanded for
    his people; but trying to be consistent with our actions and thoughts, I
    remember I wrote a post of respect and sorrow to suffering Madiba,
    because he had not wanted to look at the pain of the Cuban people, and
    publicly assumed friendship with Fidel Castro, and his sympathy for the
    “revolution”: “I am a loyal man and I will never forget that in the
    darkest moments of our country in the fight against apartheid, Fidel
    Castro was on our side.”

    He was also a friend of Saddam Hussein and the then head of state of
    Libya, Muammar Gaddafi (whom he awarded the highest distinction in South
    Africa, the Order of Good Hope), which he justified by saying: “I do
    this because our moral authority dictates that we can not abandon those
    who have helped us during the darkest moments in the history of our
    country. They provide us with both resources and instruction to struggle
    and win. And those South Africans who have scolded me for being loyal to
    our friends, can literally go to hell. “

    We must not fail to recognize that the struggle in Angola, particularly
    the Battle of Cuito Cuanavale, helped crack the racist regime of South
    Africa in the last century, hence it is not wrong to say that Cuba
    influenced the defeat of apartheid, and consequently in the release from
    prison of which was later the first president democratically elected by
    universal suffrage in that country, which from that point of view,
    justified his gratitude to the Cuban leader and his dictatorship.

    But ignoring the pains of Cubans and being a personal friend of the
    tyrant, will be one of the great contradictions that history may be
    responsible to explain, or make us understand. Arguments may then
    validate his attitude, particularly when he openly criticized Sani
    Abacha, a corrupt and brutal Nigerian dictator in the 90s.

    What is certain and less understandable is that during his visit to
    Cuba, just to be consistent with his history and consistent with his
    thinking, he should have demanded the release of political prisoners
    and, in particular Mario Chanes de Armas, a former fellow soldier of
    Fidel, considered the world’s oldest political prisoner, who surpassed,
    at the time of Mandela’s visit, the time of imprisonment suffered by
    Mandela. However, he sank into the embrace of totalitarianism, something
    against which Madiba had fought and risked his life for.

    Hopefully one day it will come out into the open, away from the grateful
    man, his real thoughts about the dictator Fidel Castro, and his decision
    to keep his criticism silent, because I refuse to think that a man of
    such magnitude, as was Nelson Mandela, has been honest and approved a
    process which is devoid of the slightest democracy, going in
    contradiction to his thinking and way of being: “I do not want to be
    presented in such a way that whitewashes the darker parts of my life”,
    he said. So God has taken him to that place which has been earned, and
    the Cubans too.

    “Real leaders should be prepared to sacrifice everything for the liberty
    of their people”.

    “To be free we must not only get rid of the chains but to live in a way
    that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”

    “It is the duty of journalists to examine and bring to light the conduct
    of public figures”.

    “If I am your leader, you must listen to me. If you do not want to
    listen to me, what you must do is abandon me as a leader”.

    “Let freedom reign. The sun has never illuminated a more glorious human

    “To be free is not only free from one’s chains, but to live in a way
    that respects and enhances the freedom of others”

    “When I left the prison that was my mission: to liberate both the
    oppressed and the oppressor.”

    The great reality, in which must those who supported him and his critics
    must agree, is that with his continuing struggle he managed to free his
    people; being selfish, he was interested in nothing else other than the
    welfare of his own.

    Ángel Santiesteban-Prats

    Lawton Prison Settlement. December 2013.

    Editors note: Difficulties with the internet of our contacts in Cuba
    have been the reason why this post comes so late and when Mandela is no
    longer the “theme”. These are the same difficulties which I have
    mentioned in connection with the allegations published by Dania Virgen
    García on Cubanet on harassment and threats against Ángel Santiesteban
    which he has not bowed to.

    Translated by: Shane J. Cassidy

    19 December 2013

    Source: “Mandela Has Died: Hopefully One Day His Real Thoughts About The
    Dictator Fidel Castro Will Come To Light / Angel Santiesteban |
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