Particularly smart commentary on Fidel Castro from the Boston Globe's Alan Berger. Read the whole thing, but this part captures something important: Fidel's continuing influence on a broad array of world leaders:
Given Castro's history of opposition to America and Israel, it is all the more remarkable that he repeatedly castigated Ahmadinejad for denying the Holocaust and counseled Iran to acknowledge the "unique'' history of anti-Semitism. In a conference call Monday, Goldberg said "the idea of Holocaust denial seems genuinely to offend'' Castro.
Whatever his personal feelings about the matter, Castro was drawing a bright line between himself and Ahmadinejad. At the same time, he was giving a lesson to his foremost student, Chávez, in the putative difference between progressive and reactionary values. Chávez has tolerated and even promoted virulent anti-Semitism in Venezuela. But a day after Castro's condemnation of Ahmadinejad's anti-Semitism, Chávez said he would meet with Jewish community leaders and declared: "We respect and love the Jewish people.''
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