Cas­tro was no de­ity

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - THOMAS M. BEAT­TIE Mt. Ver­non, Vir­ginia

Per­haps noth­ing bet­ter il­lus­trates the vast dis­crep­ancy be­tween the prom­ises of com­mu­nism and its re­al­ity than the re­sponses on dis­play over the death of Cuban leader Fidel Cas­tro (“Cana­dian PM Justin Trudeau hails Fidel Cas­tro as ‘re­mark­able leader,’” Web, Nov. 28). In Mi­ami, Cuban ex­iles, hav­ing fled their home­land on in­ner tubes and by other cre­ative means, banged pots, honked horns and danced in the streets over news of the dic­ta­tor’s death. Mean­while, in Hol­ly­wood, on foot­ball fields and in the halls of academe, ac­tors, ath­letes, ed­u­ca­tors and a hand­ful of pro­gres­sive politi­cians mourned a man whom they had only met dur­ing care­fully scripted vis­its to the is­land na­tion. The first group un­der­stands the re­al­ity of com­mu­nism; the sec­ond, only its prom­ises.

And the prom­ise of com­mu­nism is that of an idyl­lic, Utopian state where equal­ity, jus­tice and fair­ness have con­quered the greed, envy and am­bi­tion found in other na­tions. Com­mu­nism is in­nately spir­i­tual in that it taps into a hu­man de­sire for a just and eq­ui­table world. The au­thor of this de­sire is God him­self. But com­mu­nism is athe­is­tic and it en­croaches on what only God can de­liver by promis­ing to build a heaven on earth apart from Him.

The pride and ar­ro­gance that are foun­da­tional to com­mu­nism only en­sure the poverty and en­slave­ment that mark its re­al­ity. God will not be mocked. And no one bet­ter un­der­stands this than the peo­ple who are now re­joic­ing in the streets of Lit­tle Ha­vana.

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