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On November 25th of
2016, the death of the former prime minister of Cuba, Fidel Castro, prompted a
mix of joy and grief. Some praised his life as a legacy, while others heaved a
sigh of relief after his death. It can be argued that his revolutionary actions
during the 1960s were sinister or remarkable. However, the truth lies in
between both perspectives. In my opinion, Fidel Castro is a hero, but only to a
certain extent.

In 1959, Cuba underwent a
revolution which led to the demise of President Fulgencio Batista’s regime by
an egalitarian revolutionary, Castro. By October 1962, the historic friendship
between Cuba and USA was gone. Soon after he came into power, Castro got rid of
American influences in Cuba like American goods, industries, and land. Castro nationalized
these industries, and also took over American land which was redistributed to
ordinary Cubans. Castro’s actions alerted USA of a growing communist regime. This
eventually led to the Bay of Pigs invasion launched by President Kennedy to
remove Castro from his power. Unfortunately, the invasion failed disastrously
for the Americans, and Castro gained popularity as he repelled an American
invasion. After the invasion, USA exchanged prisoners of the invasion for
resources tallying up to $53 million, 4 times the intentional budget of $13
million planned by the US National Security Council. To add insult to injury,
Cuba gained the support of USSR which brought the tension between USA and
communism to new heights. From this incident on, Castro was regarded as a
tyrant to many Americans.

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Despite Castro’s negative
impact on America, his positive impact on his people and other countries
outweigh the former. In the 1950s, Cuba was under a heavy American influence.
Unhappiness was evident among Cubans. USA had a huge influence over Cuban
politics, and no Cuban government would be elected unless they were willing to
implement policies favorable to USA. After Castro’s rise to power, he was
determined to change President Batista’s management over Cuba. The quality of
life for ordinary Cubans increased immediately. Castro implemented new rules to
improve Cuba: rents were cut by up to 50% for low wage earners, equality was
encouraged, free education was made available to all, and free healthcare was
introduced for all and thus by 1970, there were more doctors per head in Cuba
than in America.