By Frederick H. Lowe
(TriceEdneyWire.com) – Fidel Castro, Cuba’s Maximum Leader, who launched his revolutionary overthrow of Cuba’s government in November 1956 with an army of 82 recruits, died after a long illness Nov. 25 in Havana, Cuba’s capital.
He was 90.
Castro, who had overthrown the corrupt U.S.–backed government of Cuban dictator Fulgenico Batista in 1959, delivered on September 26, 1960, a scathing more than four-hour speech at the United Nations concerning U.S. aggression and imperialism.
The former dictator led the country for 50 years, defying the power of 10 U.S. presidents and numerous attempts to assassinate or overthrow him, including the failed Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961, ordered by President John F. Kennedy.
The announcement of Castro’s death sparked celebrations in Miami’s Little Havana, and days of mourning in Cuba.
President Barack Obama visited Cuba in May, and met with Raul Castro, Fidel’s brother.
Raul succeeded Fidel in 2008 because of his brother’s illness.
President Obama extended his condolences to the Castro family.
“Today, we offer condolences to Fidel Castro’s family, and our thoughts and prayers are with the Cuban people. In the days ahead, they will recall the past and also look to the future. As they do, the Cuban people must know that they have a friend and partner in the United States of America,” said President Obama.