Fidel was late to the game but still when Communism was still acceptable. Actual truth really began to emerge after he had won his own petty revolution against an utterly inept Cuban military. Yet everyone knew that a communist takeover always included a massacre of the middle class. Fidel obliged with months of firing squads that even i became aware of as a twelve year old.
Yet the worst of that ended and Fidel became a poster boy of the free world leftists not least because he loved to pull the beard of Uncle Sam. And so it went for sixty years.
He too proved that communism does not work although lacking ideas he put off the inevitable as long as possible. He like Mao was a real true believer.
Like Stalin, Hitler, Mao, Ho, and Kim, he killed thouisands without conscience.
I do think that the USA could have handled him better, but that can be said regarding US policy generally. Obama at least has opened the door allow real change to come. Keep is open and perhaps some good will now come out of it..
Fidel Castro, revolutionary leader who remade Cuba as a socialist state, dies at 90