Since former Cuban dictator and president Fidel Castro died at the age of 90 last week, global leaders haven’t been shy about voicing their opinions surrounding his passing.
For example, President Barack Obama and his future successor Donald Trump couldn’t have taken more opposite opinions on the matter.
The president offered condolences to Castro’s family, while reassuring heir Raul Castro that the U.S. will “remain a friend and partner” to Cuba.
Conversely, Trump called Castro a “brutal dictator,” while supporting the Cuban people on their path toward “prosperity and liberty.”
Former president George W. Bush finally weighed in on the matter at a freedom forum Tuesday in Dallas.
Bush was speaking at his presidential center regarding the freedom of people in North and South Korea, touching briefly on Castro’s death for the first time publicly:
“But people ask, why North Korea? Of all the places, why should the Bush Center be thinking about North Korea? And there are several reasons. One is, North Korea is the remnant of the last century. It is one of the last Cold War conflicts. It’s the last gasp of totalitarianism. It’s the last fortress of a kind of tyranny that is beginning to leave the earth.
One such tyrant who left the earth last week was Fidel Castro. Like the North Korean leaders, he imprisoned his own people. Like the North Korean leaders, he ruined his country’s economy. And like the North Korean people, the Cuban people deserve better.”
— New York Post (@nypost) November 27, 2016
According to the New York Post, Castro’s longtime bodyguard, Juan Reinaldo Sanchez, who wrote a book about his experiences with the Cuban dictator, claims Castro was living the good life as his country crumbled:
“While his people suffered, Fidel Castro lived in comfort — keeping everything, including his eight children, his many mistresses, even his wife, a secret.”
Bush added that it’s “not foreign policy ‘realism’ to ignore the deepest aspirations of humanity,” arguing that in light of Castro’s death, America should do its part to ensure the freedom of the Korean people.