After Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro died, Western imperialists are maintaining their utter animosity toward the socialist icon as several Western leaders have said they will not attend his funeral.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed Monday he will not attend the funeral even though the Cuban leader had attended the funeral of his father, Pierre Trudeau in 2000.
Avoiding the funeral comes days after his warm comments about the late Cuban leader sparked a backlash from conservative sectors. In his statement on the death of Fidel Saturday, Trudeau referred to him as a "remarkable leader" and expressed his sorrow at the death of "Cuba’s longest-serving president."
After the right-wing outcry against his comments, he told reporters Sunday that Fidel was a “dictator” when he was asked by reporters if he agreed with that characterization.
The lack of diplomatic courtesy from the Canadian prime minister came despite Canada being one of Cuba's closest Western allies, maintaining ties after its 1959 revolution even as the United States imposed an economic blockade.
U.S. President Barack Obama has not issued a statement on whether or not he will attend Fidel’s funeral but it is most likely that he will not. Obama issued a highly loaded but calculated statement on Fidel’s death saying, “History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him."
Several Republican politicians have warned Obama against going to Havana to attend the funeral. U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, who is of Cuban descent and ran for president, said the U.S. government should not send any officials to the funeral.
The British government said Monday Prime Minister Theresa May would not be attending Fidel’s funeral and neither will Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. And even Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has announced he will be sending a lower level representative.
Most countries in Europe, allies of the U.S. and the U.K., are likely to follow the lead of Obama and May as they display a deeply-rooted hatred for the Cuban revolutionary as a result of his internationalism and unwavering opposition to the West’s imperialist and colonialist designs on Latin America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and basically the entire world.
Under Fidel, the Cuban Revolution supported and inspired several left-wing groups and parties in South America who challenged the U.S. and its policy of supporting right-wing dictators in the continent.
The Cuban government also supported progressive struggles in North America that sought to bring about rights for Black people and other marginalized groups. The Cuban Revolution and Fidel also supported militarily and strategically many struggles in Africa, Asia and the Middle East against British and French colonialism.