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Here in South Florida, most particularly Miami-Dade County, the Cubans have been celebrating the death of Fidel Castro the revolutionary leader of Cuba.  While it is wrong to celebrate the loss of life who can blame them after fifty years of misery clearly caused by this dictator. 

A few famous words modified for him  with acknowledgements to a Jesuit education and William Shakespeare.

Amici et Quirites prolesque Iuli, aures praebete.  Veni ad Castro sepeliendum, non ad laudandum.  Malefica superstites maleficis.  Beneficia una cum ossibus lorem luimata sunt.  Fiat sic Castro.

Indeed so far one has not heard a single thing about him that was good just tales of families torn apart, some never seen again from the political prisons of that tragic Island of Cuba.  One could also mention the many lost at sea, perhaps thousands we really do not know how many, trying to reach Florida across the Florida Straits in homemade craft.  Now while there are some expectations of change it will be slow to come and not without further misery.

With many Nations expressing sympathy and praising Fidel Castro for his revolution it is good to know the real truth from those who have suffered at first hand from his dictatorship.

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