What about Fidel Castro? During a visit to Oxford, Corbyn said.
"Fidel Castro was a massive figure in the history of the whole planet, ever since the revolution in 1959. He to all the people of Cuba and, of course, he had a foreign policy which was global..."
Corbyn also told the Press Association that “history will show that Castro was such a key figure, it seems he has been with us forever”. Yes Corbyn, he has “been with us forever” because he ran a dictatorship in which he was the sole ruler for fifty years.
He was also a dictator who used torture; though he “managed to bring good quality health services to all the people of Cuba, good quality education”. He was also a man who showed “his heroism while living in Mexico in exile and then the boat to Cuba, the march to Havana and the revolution in 1959”. Clearly Corbyn knows his Castro very well.
What socialists like Corbyn believe is that if “equality” and “social justice” are brought about, then the Gulag, mass imprisonment of gays, nepotist dictatorships, etc. are a worthy price to pay. This is also what they think about Stalin and Chairman Mao. They don't think it about Hitler because he was a National Socialist; not an International Socialist. Yet Hitler also provided health care, maternity leave, high wages, animal rights legislation, the autobahn, improved hospital-care and green/environmental laws. So, in Hitler's case, dictatorship wasn't a price worth paying. Yet, in terms of the body count, Hitler killed less Germans than Stalin killed people in the Soviet Union or Chairman Mao killed Chinese.
Surely this must mean, to Corbyn, that it's not dictatorship or war he's against. He needs to know who the dictator is and who's fighting the war. If the dictator is a socialist, then he can't be that bad. If the dictator is a National Socialist or fascist, then he's bad. Similarly, if the war is fought by a “capitalist state”, then that war is bad. If, on the other hand, the war is fought by a socialist/communist state, a “national liberation movement”, or Muslims, then that war may well be good thing.