While Fidel Castro, the former Cuban leader who died at age 90 on Friday, stirred up very different emotions in people, his opponents could not tolerate his constantly remaining a winner, Estonian MP Oudekki Loone (Center), said in remarks issued following Castro's death.
"There are few people whom enemies would hate so much as Fidel Castro: the popping of champagne bottles that is happening already from Langley to Miami represents the venting of the 60-year frustration of professional anti-communists, mafiosi and simply worshippers of capital," Loone told BNS on Saturday. "All of these people never could tolerate Castro's ideas and his example.
"But first and foremost they were unable to tolerate Castro always remaining the winner — despite efforts by 11 US presidents," she continued. "Castro simultaneously simultaneously neo-colonialism, [organized crime], capitalism, the world's biggest superpower, racist South Africa, extreme rightist dictators of South America as well as postmodernism. Even cancer. And he always won.
"El comandante Fidel Castro was and will remain a shattering political figure — the symbol of a revolutionary leader, the embodiment of real socialism," Loone stated. "It is because of this that he was loved by immense numbers of people on every continent and was for exactly the same reason loathed everywhere by all those who are afraid of revolution and despise socialism."
The Center Party MP noted that Castro died without a successor in world view, as Hugo Chávez had lost his own battle with cancer and other socialist leaders of today did not have the charisma and strength to take up the large burden left behind by the longtime Cuban leader.
"But maybe this is just a sign of the times," Loone found. "Even though there is no single leader today, there are millions of people who will take up the burden left behind by Castro together."
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