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Former president Jimmy Carter on Fidel Castro's death: https://twitter.com/ArletteSaenz/status/802532561104748544/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5EtfwOf course, it's nowhere near the level of hero-worship that Trudeau seems to be professing, but I was a bit disappointed to see 'ole Jimmy try to place Castro's death in a positive light. Then again, maybe this is just the kind of person Carter is..OTOH: watching the republicans more-or-less singing "ding dong the wicked witch is dead!" irks me for some reason too. Don't really know why though. I kind of adopted a "good riddance and let's move on" type of attitude. I completely understand why the cuban refugees would be celebrating, however. Meh I'm probably being inconsistent. How are we supposed to act/feel when tyrants die?
Is it crazy to say that those comments mostly divide into:(a) Politically neutral personal reflectionsand(b) Ambiguous good wishes about the future for Cuba that are as easily interpreted to mean: we hope things go better for you now that that guy is out of the picture? It did seem a little too nice to me. But, like you, the parades being thrown by the GOP are annoying too, for some reason.I thought Obama's comments (what I read of them) were about right: studiously neutral.
Well now that you mention it, it certainly does appear that Carter's (or anyone else trying to place positive spin on Castro's death) can be construed in one of the manners that you have enumerated. Given what we know about Jimmy Carter, it is consistent with his character that his offering of condolences is not an attempt to valorize Castro and thereby whitewash his actions.Maybe my gripe against republicans is their lionization of Reagan, while simultaneously ignoring the fact that he supported military dictators in Central America? No, that doesn't seem right. My reaction is more of a knee-jerk. I really can't put my finger on it.Obama's comments were erudite, as always. Perhaps that's my issue with non-neutral reactions to Castro's death-- it's that they aren't neutral, but that doesn't seem like a good reason for me to be annoyed with it. Maybe these situations don't always warrant neutral reactions. Ahh who cares? It's not that big of a deal anyway.
Haha yeah I'm basically right there with ya on this, man.
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