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  • Grudgingly the vote has to be yes

    While he's certainly not a popular figure here and far past the point in his life he was beneficial to his country, the answer is yes. For a majority of his reign, he was a very strong and good leader of his people. Cuba is doing better now as his influence weakens as it was not a good one in his later years at the helm, but for much of his time he embraced the best interest of the country.

  • YES

    He freed his country from a dictator supported by America. After the civi war, American-owned companies in Cuba refused to cooperate with the government, so Castro nationalised these companies. In return the Americans blocked the island, which is why the Cubans cannot export any goods. However, under Castro, Cuba became self-sustainable, and its economy even grew. This is why Americans hate him. Because he stood up against their tyranny and had success at it. Castro also gave all Cuban land to the people, starting with his family land and house. However, the Cuban Revolution did not end with Cuba, as Castro helped many other countries fight off oppressors. In South Africa, Castro sent troops to help Mandela fight off the racist British, again supported by Americans.
    Notice that only Americans say bad things about Castro, yet they rarely state facts. That is because their media told them communism and socialism are bad, which is not true. And communism did not fail in Cuba, they are still communist-socialists, and proud of it.

  • Fidel Castro at the top!

    Fidel Castro has made Cuba one of the safest nations in all of Latin America
    - Low murder rates
    - Low theft rate
    - Low prostitution rates
    - Fidel Castro was the political leader of Cuba until 2008. He was the first leader in the country to rule under Communism's policies. He also created a policy that provided social health care for elderly residents.
    - Castro has also successfully assisted foreign revolutions in Angola and Ethiopia. He was elected the head of Nonaligned Nations Movement and has been a strong critic of US imperialism.
    - Cuban leader Fidel Castro (1926-) established the first communist state in the Western Hemisphere after leading an overthrow of the military dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista in 1959.
    -After taking power, Castro abolished legal discrimination, brought electricity to the countryside, provided for full employment and advanced the causes of education and health care, in part by building new schools and medical facilities.
    - From the 1960s to the 1980s, Castro supplied military and financial aid to various leftist guerilla movements in Latin America and Africa. Nonetheless, relations with many countries, with the notable exception of the United States, began to normalize.
    - Castro delivered the Cuban people from worse conditions that was going on in the 1950's. Other countries are communist and I dont see the US putting embargoes on them. The reason they did that is because they are mad Casto successfully ousted the cuban president that was US backed.

  • He was better than most people think.

    While he certainly was very far from a perfect leader he did do thing that helped Cuba in the long run. He allowed for better education and health care for all of his people. In countries like Cuba where it was already not a great place sometimes a stricter government is necessary in order to make any large difference. Castro is more looked down upon in America then he is in other countries mainly because of the Cuba missile crisis, and the bay of pigs so from our point of view he may seem worse than he actually was. All together he was in my personal opinion more of a neutral party. I believe his help that he gave to Cuba evened out the killing that he approved of.

  • He was better than most people think.

    While he certainly was very far from a perfect leader he did do thing that helped Cuba in the long run. He allowed for better education and health care for all of his people. In countries like Cuba where it was already not a great place sometimes a stricter government is necessary in order to make any large difference. Castro is more looked down upon in America then he is in other countries mainly because of the Cuba missile crisis, and the bay of pigs so from our point of view he may seem worse than he actually was. All together he was in my personal opinion more of a neutral party. I believe his help that he gave to Cuba evened out the killing that he approved of.

  • He knew what he was doing and he was strict when it mattered.

    He was a great leader because he knew what he was doing and he was strict on the people when he had to be. His effectiveness came through for a good reason and I applaud him for his time of ruling and hope that he may have a better life in the heavens.

  • He created the best with what he had to work with.

    Cuba's only natural resources are nickel and cobalt. That isn't much to work with for any government, tyrannical or not, there's only so much nickel the world wants and after that you have to wait until there's another buyer. Castro took over government after a massive economic recession created by his predecessor and he chose to favor a socialist society, modeling it after Russia and on a Leninist model. He took a bankrupt country, and despite multiple sanctions against his government (mostly by the USA might I add) he managed to increase the economic stability and created a boom.
    Castro is a great leader not because he has caused the death or internship of countless individuals, he is a great leader because he did what he felt he had to create a stable government to give the people as much as they deserved. Under Fidel, and now Raul Castro, Cuba has a literacy rate of 98.9%, a infant mortality rate of 6.1 per thousand, complete with universal health care and education; which is significantly more than what the USA has got. If a little country like that can make so much prosperity, why can't they do that with such a big country like the USA? He advocated to free other countries from their rulers, primarily South Africa, and South America (i.e., Bolivia), and constantly has government doctors sent over to third world countries that are in need of medical aid.
    He supports an entire country and its populace with as much as he can give them based off the revenue of nickel, cobalt, and tourism.
    I don't exactly condone his methods, but that's a great leader if I've ever seen one.

  • if there would have been no castro, cuba would still be owned by usa

    Castro with his revolutionary army (with Che) stood up against the corrupt system in cuba with usa behind the curtains, some may say that in the "long term" it would have been better without castro, but i look at it with another perspective and say "without" castro, cuba would not be the cuba we see today in a negative way

  • Yes

    He was able to rally his countrymen and country women when he needed to. I am not saying that he made great decisions or made the right choices for man kind but I do think that when you talk about the leadership part of things, he was very effective in getting people to do what he wanted.

  • Fidel castro is a leader

    Ok so lets think about this here. Fidel castro has been president of cuba for 32 years! Also prime minister for 17 years! He was an honors student in high school. His role for the government was very successful. His net worth is $900,000,000! Some cubans say he was a successful and revolutionary leader.

  • He was not.

    Fidel Castro promised to free his people from the previous dictator, but only made himself the new one. He terrorized citizens, destroyed slot machines, and killed the dictator. And when he had to resign, he gave the position to Raul Castro, his brother. He also refused to budge until 2008 and caused the Cuban Missile Crisis.

  • He was a very rebellious leader.

    He was the one to cause the Cuban Missile Crisis, when he pointed nuclear missiles at the United States. Because of that, he caused Cuba to be declared an enemy state until rather recently. No one could travel to Cuba and not get permanently exiled. This is why I think Fidel Castro was a bad leader.

  • In the Long Term, Cuba Suffered Under Castro

    Fidel Castro was an angry neighbor of the United States. Just 90 miles from Florida, the Caribbean nation has been under the leadership of Castro for decades. Although he engineered the revolution in the 1950s, Castro simply repressed his people for the next half century. Communism may have been fine for Eastern Europe, but it failed miserably in Cuba. The nation still has economic troubles despite strict rules for immigration and visitation.

  • He replaced one tyranny with another.

    Castro promised to free Cuba from tyranny and instead simply replaced it with another tyranny. He promised to free Cuba from foreign influence, but instead made it a puppet state of the Soviet Union. He promised peace and prosperity, but instead almost incited another World War and brought Cuba economic devastation. If Fidel Castro was such a great leader, why would he fear democracy and free speech so much?

  • He was a very rebellious leader.

    He was the one to cause the Cuban Missile Crisis, when he pointed nuclear missiles at the United States. Because of that, he caused Cuba to be declared an enemy state until rather recently. No one could travel to Cuba and not get permanently exiled. This is why I think Fidel Castro was a bad leader.

  • Fidel turned a first world country into a 3rd world sex tourist slave camp, and made himself a billionaire.

    Before Fidel Cuba was richer than Finland, Austria and South Korea. Their healthcare and education as also superior, in fact on a par with France.

    The Cuban people demanded democracy and an end to Batista's rule. Instead they got an ego maniac dictator, who oppressed their rights and ruined their society, all for his own greed and ego.

    Castro's supporters, to the left of this section are no more than sadists, who take pleasure form the suffering of other human beings.

    The stats on healthcare and education are, as we all know, simply invented. All independent studies show a 3rd world healthcare system fort he Cuban people and a 1st world one fort he regime and tourists.

    Fidel owns 8 banks worldwide and hides billions that he and Raul have stolen from the Cuban workers in them, this is what communism is really about, slavery and greed.

    Liker Hitler, Mao, and Stalin Fidel has killed and tortured anyone who stood up to his brutal rule. 5% of the Cuban population at one point was in prison, more than Stalin or Hitler achieved.

    While Cubans beg tourists for food, the billionaire Castro family live in mansions with tennis courts, have private yachts and their own chefs.

    Fidel, like his sadistic supporters take pleasure from the "game" of communism and the terrible suffering of the poverty stricken "slaves" that the Cuban people have become.

    A terrible study of humanity.

  • No no no

    He was a great leader, but at the same time not. He should have worked for the interest of his country. It was not for the interest of his country to have a bad realtionship with the US. And he gambled with his small nation. At the end i will say that he did much more harm than good.

  • No no no

    He was a great leader, but at the same time not. He should have worked for the interest of his country. It was not for the interest of his country to have a bad realtionship with the US. And he gambled with his small nation. At the end i will say that he did much more harm than good.

  • Fidel Castro was not a great leader.

    Fidel Castro was not a great leader because he led his country into a time of poverty. He was a megalomaniac who wanted to be in power more than he wanted to help his people. He also nearly started World War Three during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He was a terrible leader.

  • A commie dictator

    Castro was successful in many of his aims as Cuban leader. However, it can't be denied that he became exactly what he had set out to destroy, a dictator. This is the case with many communist countries, such as the Soviet Union. The only difference is that those countries have recovered from their faults, and have became prosperous nations. Cuba on the other hand, remains in shambles, because of castros regime.


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dmorales85 says2016-11-11T03:10:07.160
Does anyone have any suggestions of any readings that can show Fidel Castro was a great leader?