This is the 50th anniversary of Hungary’s freedom uprising in 1956. Like Cubans, later in the same decade, Hungarians bravely defied Soviet communist slavery against all odds. Thousands of Hungarians took to the streets, tore down Stalin’s statues, demanded the Soviet troops leave, sought an end to communism and issued a call for freedom.
They were mowed down by Soviet tanks.
Thousands became refugees, thousands were arrested, thousands were killed. Others were sent to reeducation camps. Others just had their lives ruined by decades more of monstrous communism. No one should ever forget the brave sacrifices of these courageous Hungarians who stood up to Soviet tanks in the name of freedom.
castro was aware of this hideous specter of tyranny and the Hungarian people’s brave efforts to end it. The eyes of the world were on Hungary in 1956. Thousands of communists around the world quit their party in disgust. Intellectuals like Albert Camus condemned the Soviet regime. The whole world was blanching in horror at the evils of Soviet communism.
And what did castro do?
castro, watching this Hungarian spectacle from afar, decided in that very year to become a communist guerrilla. He put on combat fatigues and headed up to the mountains, to seize power, and to take the same side as those brutal Soviet tanks that had already slaughtered so many freedom fighters in Hungary. That was his take on the matter – not to join the freedom fighters but to make cause with the Soviet oppressors. He made that decision the exact same year. It’s one more sordid revelation about why this thug became a dicator.
I posted some photos and links around this memorable event here.