After Castro

November was a bad month for the left.  First, Hillary Clinton was defeated in the presidential election by Donald Trump.  Then, Fidel Castro died at 90 after a long illness that had forced him some years before to surrender the presidency of Cuba to his brother Raúl.

So far as Cuban politics goes, Fidel might have died a decade ago.  Despite the elaborate choreography arranged by the government during nine days of national mourning and the transportation of his ashes over several hundred miles from Havana for interment in Santiago de Cuba, the Cuban people often seemed to be observing the passing of the ghost of a phantasm, rather than of an immediately deceased human politician.

Everything there was to say about Fidel Castro had already been said over a period of 60 years.  President Obama’s words about “the countless ways in which Fidel Castro altered the course of individual lives, families, and of the Cuban nation,” and how “History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him” served only to illustrate how far the moral caliber of American Democratic presidents has declined between John F. Kennedy’s presidency and Mr. Obama’s.  Castro was a bloody monster who sacrificed his country and his people to his evil political vision and his egomaniacal will.  His own sister, herself one of...

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