Hero or villain: How should Fidel Castro be remembered?



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Over 600 assassination attempts could not topple him, but old age was one foe he could not defeat. “Soon I’ll be like all the others,” Fidel Castro poignantly proclaimed in April and indeed before the year was out the enduring leader of the Cuban revolution joined his fallen comrades in the annals of history. But how should the history books remember Castro? As the liberator whose handful of ragtag rebels on a rickety boat went on to topple a dictator and defy a superpower? As the dictator who maintained an iron grip on power for 47 years? As the man who brought education and healthcare to the poor masses in Cuba, or as the man who persecuted homosexuals and political opponents? As a friend to Africans in their struggle against apartheid or as an enemy of democracy?

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