You turned Cuba into a colony of the Soviet Union and nearly caused a nuclear holocaust.

You sponsored terrorism wherever you could and allied yourself with many of the worst dictators on earth.

You were responsible for so many thousands of executions and disappearances in Cuba that a precise number is hard to reckon.

You brooked no dissent and built concentration camps and prisons at an unprecedented rate, filling them to capacity, incarcerating a higher percentage of your own people than most other modern dictators.

You condoned and encouraged torture and extrajudicial killings.

You forced nearly 20 percent of your people into exile, and prompted thousands to meet their deaths at sea, unseen and uncounted, while fleeing from you in crude vessels.

You claimed all property for yourself and your henchmen, strangled food production and impoverished the vast majority of your people.

You outlawed private enterprise and labor unions, wiped out Cuba’s large middle class and turned Cubans into slaves of the state.

You persecuted gay people and tried to eradicate religion.

You censored all means of expression and communication.

You established a fraudulent school system that provided indoctrination rather than education, and created a two-tier health-care system, with inferior medical care for the majority of Cubans and superior care for yourself and your oligarchy, and then claimed that all your repressive measures were absolutely necessary to ensure the survival of these two ostensibly “free” social welfare projects.

You turned Cuba into a labyrinth of ruins and established an apartheid society in which millions of foreign visitors enjoyed rights and privileges forbidden to your people.

You never apologized for any of your crimes and never stood trial for them.

May your little brother successor soon slide off the bloody throne you bequeathed to him.