The world is struggling today to strike the right tone in describing the legacy of Cuban revolutionary and dictator Fidel Castro, who died at the age of 90 on Friday. Even as Cubans who fled his oppressive regime celebrated his demise, political figures on the left praised his accomplishments as a leader, and no head of state's remembrance has proved more controversial than that of Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau.
Statement by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the death of former Cuban President Fidel Castro: https://t.co/70ZqAfVWCR— CanadianPM (@CanadianPM) November 26, 2016
Trudeau's statement read, in part:
Fidel Castro was a larger than life leader who served his people for almost half a century. A legendary revolutionary and orator, Mr. Castro made significant improvements to the education and healthcare of his island nation.
While a controversial figure, both Mr. Castro’s supporters and detractors recognized his tremendous dedication and love for the Cuban people who had a deep and lasting affection for “el Comandante.”
Aghast at how Trudeau had swept Castro's worst abuses of power and nuclear brinkmanship under the rug, Twitter users quickly came up with #TrudeauEulogies and began imagining similarly whitewashed views of history.
Mr. Castro inspired generations of innovative boat makers. #trudeaueulogies— gnorwreven (@tlynnleggie) November 26, 2016
"Today we mourn Pablo Escobar. A Colombian committed to open trade, locally produced organic neckties, & prisoner rights." #TrudeauEulogies— Pier Bove (@pierbove) November 26, 2016
A controversial race, the Borg were known for their diverse and inclusive society#trudeaueulogies— Edmond Dantès (@PwnySlaystation) November 26, 2016
Though a controversial figure Attila the Hun is best remembered for his love of horses and the products of civilization #trudeaueulogies— ProteusVII (@ProteusVII) November 26, 2016
Today we mourn Joseph Kony, who devoted his life to providing children with gainful employment. #trudeaueulogies— James Wood (@jameswood091) November 26, 2016
Despite his flaws, Jack the Ripper managed to become on of London´s main cultural icons.— Aljaska (@Aljaska666) November 26, 2016
"Mr. Stalin's greatest achievement was his eradication of obesity in the Ukraine through innovative agricultural reforms." #TrudeauEulogies— Melissa Lantsman (@MelissaLantsman) November 26, 2016
As we mourn the death of Adolf Hitler, let us remember his unrivaled love of art and a passion for collecting it #trudeaueulogies— Josh Hood (@ncpack2010) November 26, 2016
Lee Harvey Oswald was a man who wasn't afraid of taking a shot at shaking up the head of the political elite. #trudeaueulogies— Justicar (@Integralmathyt) November 26, 2016
As we mourn Emperor Caligula, let us always remember his steadfast devotion to Senate reform. #trudeaueulogies— J.J. McCullough (@JJ_McCullough) November 26, 2016
"Saruman, an inventor and humanist, modernized Rohan's economy. A multiculturalist, he improved relations with orcs." #trudeaueulogies— Robby Soave (@robbysoave) November 26, 2016
Nero soaked Christians in oil and set them ablaze. But he also limited the need for lights and kept the religious warm. #TrudeauEulogies— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) November 26, 2016
It is with a heavy heart that we mourn the passing of Saddam Hussein. His advancements in chemical research live on. #trudeaueulogies— Mikhail Menuck (@MischaMenuck) November 26, 2016
Today we bid farewell to Genghis Khan, the former Mongolian leader best known for opening new trade routes to China. #trudeaueulogies— Don MacLeod (@DonWMacleod) November 26, 2016
"While a controversial figure, John WIlkes Boothe will be remembered as a lover of the theatre" #trudeaueulogies— Mark Johnson (@MW_Johnson1) November 26, 2016
"While a controversial figure, Pol Pot kept a marvellous collection of human skull beer mugs." #trudeaueulogies— Guy Walters (@guywalters) November 26, 2016
If nothing else can be said for Hannibal Lecter, at least he had great taste in people. #TrudeauEulogies— Prufrock (@Kansokusha10) November 26, 2016
#trudeaueulogies “Today we say goodbye to Mr. Mussolini, the former Italian prime minister best known for his competent train-management.”— J.J. McCullough (@JJ_McCullough) November 26, 2016
We should all be so fortunate to receive such a send-off.