World leaders and the mainstream media have a predictable reaction to Fidel Castro’s death

World leaders and the mainstream media have a predictable reaction to Fidel Castro’s death
LA HABANA, CUBA: Map of Cuba which shows the penitentiary system in 1958 according dissident Elizardo Sanchez of the Cuban Commission of Human Rights and National Reconciliation. Sanchez said that in 1958 there were 4000 inmates in 14 prisons, and now they are 45 prisons with about 100,000 prisoners. AFP PHOTO/Niurka BARROSO (Photo credit should read NIURKA BARROSO/AFP/Getty Images)

Donald Trump’s reaction to the death of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro has gotten a great deal of attention for its simplicity and sentiment.

Getting less attention is the fawning over a man responsible for so many deaths, and a complete totalitarian control over his countrymen and women. In the island country, for example, it was illegal to own or ride in a boat.

Back in 2005, the Wall Street Journal profiled The Cuba Archive Project which attempted to count the victims of the Castro regime. The count at that time was just over 9,000. That was over 10 years ago. The entire article outlines horrific practices that Castro and his brother, Raul, oversaw, but here’s a bit:

Cuba Archive finds that some 5,600 Cubans have died in front of firing squads and another 1,200 in “extrajudicial assassinations.” Che Guevara was a gleeful executioner at the infamous La Cabana Fortress in 1959 where, under his orders, at least 151 Cubans were lined up and shot. Children have not been spared. Of the 94 minors whose deaths have been documented by Cuba Archive, 22 died by firing squad and 32 in extrajudicial assassinations.

So how did some of the esteemed world leaders and journalists react to the death of Castro on Saturday? See for yourself:

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