Rebel leader Fidel Castro during his victorious march to Havana. (Grey Villet/Time Life Pictures via Getty Images)

The Post Editorial Board has commented on major moments in Cuba’s history under Fidel Castro’s rule, from his New Year’s Day 1959 takeover to his death on Friday. Below is a selection of Post editorials.

Climax in Cuba, Jan. 2, 1959
“The New Year began with a bang in Cuba, but whether it will end in a whimper depends to a good extent on the wisdom and self-restraint of Fidel Castro.”


Fidel Castro’s Task, April 16, 1959
“Castro has a chance now to help resolve doubts and disclose something of the true face behind the beard.”


Invasion of Cuba, April 18, 1961
“We need apologize to no one for our championship of freedom for Cuba.”


Comrade Castro, Dec. 5, 1961
“By paying fealty to the Kremlin in the most explicit terms, Castro has demolished the myth that his movement was only nationalism with a little extra tartar sauce.”


Why Cuba Balks, Nov. 3, 1962
“The real question at stake is whether a small country led by a strutting egoist should be allowed to sabotage the fragile accord between this country and the Soviet Union.”


The ‘Freedom Flotilla’ Ends, Sept. 29, 1980
“The time of the freedom flotilla will be remembered, we think, as a moment when Americans yielded to their best impulses, put normal routine aside and offered refuge to a group of people rendered desperate by life in a totalitarian state.”


New Look at the Cuba Embargo, July 26, 1993
“The embargo has punished first the Cuban people.”


Mariel II?, Aug. 9, 1994
“Regime repression is the first source of Cuban misery and flight, but the American embargo sharpens the pain.”


When Fidel Castro Goes, Jan. 7, 1999
“The United States no longer harbors aggressive intentions toward Cuba and, in Washington’s eyes, Cuba no longer poses a strategic or political threat. But that leaves unresolved whether Fidel Castro can be compelled to yield power …”


The Poet and the Despot, May 18, 2003
“Some analysts contend that Mr. Castro’s crackdown was a shrewd gambit to head off any easing of the U.S. embargo on Cuba. In fact, there is a more straightforward explanation: The independent civil society of free journalists, democratic activists and human rights monitors had grown from a minor annoyance into a major threat to the regime.”


Big Brother Steps Down, Feb. 20, 2008
“It’s important to remember that, by the measure of the most fundamental goal of U.S. policy — that Cuba become a democracy that respects human rights — nothing has changed with Mr. Castro’s retirement.”


President Obama’s ‘betrayal,’ Dec. 21, 2014
“If U.S. policy is really to be revised and refocused on helping the Cuban people, it would be well to promote the changes that their citizen leaders are seeking — not just the ones sought by their totalitarian rulers.”


The real test in Cuba, March 23, 2016
“The real test of Mr. Obama’s thaw is not to be found in the pomp and circumstance of his visit, but in whether it leads to a Cuba that is freer and more open after Air Force One has departed.”


Mr. Castro’s terrible legacy, Nov. 27, 2016
“Mr. Castro’s legacy is a 57-year-old ‘revolution’ that once punched above its weight in world affairs, especially in Latin America, but in more recent years became a decrepit museum piece of Soviet-style totalitarianism.”