Following the long-anticipated death of brutal communist Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, a period of national mourning was declared in the veritable prison of an island nation, with all flags being ordered to be flown at half-staff.
While of course all Cuban flags have been lowered halfway, and most other nations with embassies in Havana have lowered their own out of respect for the country’s deceased former leader, the newly re-opened U.S. embassy has conspicuously chosen not to follow suit, according to USA Today.
Instead, the glorious stars and stripes, which had only been re-raised for the first time in August 2015, remain flying at the top of the pole outside the embassy, causing quite a bit of consternation among the Cubans and progressive Americans who worshiped at the shrine of Castro’s cult of personality.
In fact, Cuban officials registered their disapproval of the U.S. embassy’s action, or rather lack thereof, by hoisting a Cuban flag to half-mast on a pole right across the street from the high-flying American flag, according to the Independent Journal Review.
From friend visiting #Cuba: “For what it’s worth: US Embassy in Havana isn’t flying flag at half-staff, & Cubans have certainly noticed.”
— Ted Henken (@ElYuma) November 30, 2016
— Patry (@MafaldaCuba) November 30, 2016
Considering President Barack Obama’s recent outreach toward the communist Cuban regime and his pathetically neutral remarks regarding Castro’s death, the blatant move by the embassy staff is admittedly somewhat surprising, given that the State Department which controls it is still ostensibly under Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry’s command for about the next two months.
The surprising move seems far more in line with the likely foreign policy and pointed remarks issued by President-elect Donald Trump regarding Castro’s legacy of “firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights.”
.@Tuniekc How does the NEW US Embassy in Cuba not lower its flag to half-staff after the death of Fidel Castro? They shld run their ass out
— CharliePeach (@PoliticsPeach) November 30, 2016
Nevertheless, we are quite pleased to see Old Glory flying high above all others on the communist island, and hope that this slight to the honor of a deceased murderous dictator is a signal for how America will start acting once again toward those who stand in stark opposition to our nation’s values and traditions.
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