Fidel Cas­tro dies, but spirit lasts

He led the Cuban peo­ple in safe­guard­ing na­tional sovereignty and dig­nity against the long-time US iso­la­tion and em­bargo.

China Daily (USA) - - VIEWS -

The death of Cuban rev­o­lu­tion­ary leader Fidel Cas­tro, the founder of the Cuban Com­mu­nist Party and Cuban so­cial­ist cause, is a great loss to the Cuban and Latin Amer­i­can peo­ple as well as to the world so­cial­ist de­vel­op­ment.

Cas­tro, who died late Fri­day at the age of 90, de­served to be called a shin­ing fig­ure of the times.

Cas­tro was born on Aug 13, 1926 in Bi­ran, a vil­lage in­Hol­guin prov­ince, as the son of Span­ish im­mi­grant An­gel Cas­tro and Cuban farmer Lina Ruz.

He be­came well-known world­wide af­ter he led the 1959 Cuban revo­lu­tion that over­threwCuban dic­ta­tor Ful­gen­cio Batista.

Al­most im­me­di­ately, theUnited States moved to top­ple Cas­tro, fear­ing the so­cial­ist revo­lu­tion would in­spire the rest of Latin Amer­ica.

Wash­ing­ton at­tacked Cuba on many fronts, in­clud­ing eco­nom­i­cally and fi­nan­cially, by im­pos­ing a trade em­bargo in Fe­bru­ary 1962 that con­tin­ues to this day.

Cas­tro’s courage and wis­dom are be­lieved to have in­spired a new­gen­er­a­tion of po­lit­i­cal lead­ers in Latin Amer­ica, such as in Bo­livia, Venezuela and Ecuador.

His legacy and vi­sion can also be seen in Cuba’s uni­ver­sal health­care and ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem, as well as its cut­ting-edge biotech­nol­ogy and a phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal in­dus­try that ri­vals that of de­vel­oped coun­tries.

As a great leader of the Cuban peo­ple, he es­tab­lished the first so­cial­ist coun­try in theWestern hemi­sphere, led the Cuban peo­ple in strug­gling for na­tional lib­er­a­tion and made im­mor­tal con­tri­bu­tions to the world so­cial­ist de­vel­op­ment.

He led the Cuban peo­ple in safe­guard­ing na­tional sovereignty and dig­nity against the long-time US iso­la­tion and em­bargo.

He sup­ported his brother Raul Cas­tro in pro­mot­ing re­form, open­ing-up and de­vel­op­ment trans­for­ma­tion in Cuba.

To­day’s Cuba has wit­nessed steady eco­nomic and so­cial de­vel­op­ment. Its ed­u­ca­tion and med­i­cal ser­vices are among the best in Latin Amer­ica. Such fruits of so­cial­ist con­struc­tion can be shared among the Cuban peo­ple thanks to Cas­tro’s idea and faith to re­al­ize fair­ness and jus­tice, a goal that every mod­ern so­ci­ety strives to reach.

Un­der Cas­tro’s lead­er­ship, the Caribbean is­land’s spirit of safe­guard­ing sovereignty and in­de­pen­dence and choos­ing a path of de­vel­op­ment that suits its na­tional con­di­tions in­spired many other de­vel­op­ing coun­tries.

On the global stage, Cas­tro made re­lent­less ef­forts to safe­guard the in­ter­ests of de­vel­op­ing coun­tries, call for the es­tab­lish­ment of a newin­ter­na­tional or­der and pro­mote theNon-Aligned Move­ment.

With the spirit of in­ter­na­tion­al­ism pro­moted by Cas­tro, Cuba sent doc­tors and teach­ers to other Latin Amer­i­can coun­tries to help them im­prove the peo­ple’s liveli­hood.

The death of Fidel Cas­tro marks the end of an epoch, but Cuba’s so­cial­ist cause will con­tinue. The newCuban lead­er­ship led by Raul Cas­tro has made progress in pro­mot­ing re­form and spurring the econ­omy crip­pled byUS sanc­tions.

Fidel Cas­tro’s glo­ri­ous im­age and great achieve­ments will go down in his­tory and his spirit will be re­mem­bered for­ever. Xin­hua News Agency

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