The lib­eral ro­mance with tyrants

The left shows sym­pa­thy for bru­tal Cas­tro and a would-be mass mur­derer at Ohio State

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - By Tammy Bruce

There ap­pears to be an aw­ful lot of sym­pa­thy for the devil out there these days. The death of mass-mur­derer mas­querad­ing as a “pres­i­dent,” Fidel Cas­tro ex­posed the bizarre ro­mance lib­er­als have with tyrants. Many world lead­ers ex­pressed con­do­lences to the Cuban peo­ple upon the death of their so-called leader, a man who over­saw the mur­der of tens of thou­sands, im­pris­oned po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents, gays, any­one who chal­lenged Cas­tro’s sta­tus quo.

There is no re­li­gious free­dom in Cuba — there was room for only one god and that was Fidel. There was no free press, of course, no per­sonal free­dom, only fear. The ac­tual num­ber of those killed by the Cas­tro broth­ers and their mur­der­ous as­so­ciate Che Gue­vara can never be known only be­cause of the num­ber of dis­ap­peared op­po­nents, gays, aca­demics and the ed­u­cated.

As with Stalin, Cas­tro needed to purge the coun­try of any­one who might be able to ed­u­cate the peo­ple about what was re­ally hap­pen­ing and how they could re­sist and take their coun­try back. Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and in­for­ma­tion, to this day, re­main out of reach for the Cuban peo­ple. As does their free­dom.

But even Pope Fran­cis, yes, a lib­eral but also a man of faith and an Ar­gen­tinian who un­der­stands what Cas­tro did to the Cuban peo­ple, sent his “con­do­lences” to the peo­ple of Cuba over the “sad news” of Cas­tro’s death.

That’s like send­ing a sym­pa­thy card to the fam­i­lies of Ted Bundy’s vic­tims af­ter Bundy was ex­e­cuted.

“Pope Fran­cis sent a tele­gram to Cuban Pres­i­dent Raul Cas­tro Satur­day, ex­press­ing his ‘sen­ti­ments of sorrow’ over the death of Raul’s brother, for­mer Cuban dic­ta­tor Fidel Cas­tro,” re­ported Bre­it­bart News. ‘On re­ceiv­ing the sad news of the death of your dear brother, His Ex­cel­lency Mis­ter Fidel Ale­jan­dro Cas­tro Ruz, for­mer pres­i­dent of the State Coun­cil and of the Gov­ern­ment of the Re­pub­lic of Cuba, I ex­press my sen­ti­ments of sorrow to Your Ex­cel­lency and other fam­ily mem­bers of the de­ceased dig­ni­tary, as well as to the peo­ple of this beloved na­tion,’ the pope’s Span­ish­language tele­gram reads.”

On the other hand, Don­ald Trump, the pres­i­dent-elect of the United States, took the gen­uinely moral po­si­tion: “To­day, the world marks the pass­ing of a bru­tal dic­ta­tor who op­pressed his own peo­ple for nearly six decades. Fidel Cas­tro’s legacy is one of fir­ing squads, theft, unimag­in­able suf­fer­ing, poverty and the de­nial of fun­da­men­tal hu­man rights. While Cuba re­mains a to­tal­i­tar­ian is­land, it is my hope that to­day marks a move away from the hor­rors en­dured for too long, and to­ward a fu­ture in which the won­der­ful Cuban peo­ple fi­nally live in the free­dom they so richly de­serve,” stated the in­com­ing pres­i­dent.

Who knew that Mr. Trump would say the things that the pope should have said? Fi­nally some­one is speak­ing the truth, pro­vid­ing proof to the de­cent peo­ple of the world that, no, they’re not go­ing in­sane be­cause they think ter­ror­ists and tyrants de­serve to be dead and rel­e­gated to the dust­bin of his­tory.

But sym­pa­thy for the devil is noth­ing new for the left, as lib­eral the­ory it­self is rooted in the no­tion that hu­man­ity is bad and must be con­trolled. This laud­ing of evil­do­ers while si­mul­ta­ne­ously de­mand­ing “safe spa­ces” from any per­ceived of­fense of in­sult high­lights the psy­chopathol­ogy driv­ing to­day’s lib­eral agenda. Case in point: On Tues­day an Is­lamist ter­ror­ist at Ohio State Uni­ver­sity se­ri­ously in­jured 11 peo­ple in a mur­der­ous ram­page in­volv­ing his car and a butcher knife. He was only stopped be­cause a heroic cam­pus po­lice of­fi­cer hap­pened to be close by in­ves­ti­gat­ing a gas leak and was able to shoot the ma­niac within a minute of the as­sault.

While CNN tweets that in­ves­ti­ga­tors “con­tinue to search for a mo­tive,” an ef­fort dic­tated by po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness, it shouldn’t take long. The at­tacker, an Is­lamist So­mali refugee, posted on Face­book com­plaints about how Mus­lims are treated world­wide, praised al Qaeda lead­ers, and then threat­ened Amer­ica. Just two months ago, ISIS told fol­low­ers to use their cars and knives in at­tacks on Amer­i­cans. Also two months ago in a cam­pus news­pa­per pro­file, the OSU ter­ror­ist is­sued a va­ri­ety of griev­ances, in­clud­ing com­plaints about how he’d like to pray in public but was wor­ried about how that would be per­ceived on cam­pus.

A cul­ture of griev­ance used as an ex­cuse for ter­ror­ism and mur­der. And how did an OSU as­sis­tant direc­tor of res­i­dence life re­spond to the at­tempted mur­der of al­most a dozen peo­ple on that cam­pus? More griev­ance. The Daily Caller re­ports on her Face­book page (which sports a “Black Lives Mat­ter” head­line ban­ner), where she ap­par­ently urged sym­pa­thy for the at­tacker.

The Daily Caller notes it was un­able to in­de­pen­dently ver­ify the au­then­tic­ity of the post but in a screen­shot of the al­leged post, she tells her fol­low­ers to not share it, ap­par­ently aware of how it would be per­ceived, then writes in part, “If you think it is okay to cel­e­brate his death and/or share a photo of his dead body and I see it in my timeline I will un­friend you. I pray you find com­pas­sion for his life, as trou­bled as it clearly was … . #Buck­eyeStrong #Black­LivesMat­ter #SayHisName”

In the mean­time, OSU has in­sti­tuted a va­ri­ety of “safe zone” projects for the usual pro­tected lib­eral iden­tity groups “com­bat­ing ho­mo­pho­bia, het­ero­sex­ism and trans­pho­bia.” The cam­pus ad­min­is­tra­tion also be­gan to use the no­tion of “safe zones” to shut down stu­dent protests, claim­ing they “scared” uni­ver­sity work­ers.

So as the uni­ver­sity was gaz­ing at its navel, work­ing dili­gently to de­mo­nize speech that might hurt some­one’s feel­ings, the same sort of lib­eral men­tal­ity ar­gues for sym­pa­thy and un­der­stand­ing of an at­tempted mass mur­derer.

If any­one is still won­der­ing why the world is re­ject­ing lib­er­als and the left world­wide, your an­swer can be found in praise for a mur­der­ous tyrant like Fidel Cas­tro and sym­pa­thy for a man who plots mass mur­der on a cam­pus.

As with Stalin, Cas­tro needed to purge the coun­try of any­one who might be able to ed­u­cate the peo­ple about what was re­ally hap­pen­ing and how they could re­sist and take their coun­try back.

Tammy Bruce, au­thor and Fox News con­trib­u­tor, is a ra­dio talk show host.


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