Hurrah! Fidel is stepping down. Bloody big of him, since he has been mostly out of the picture for nearly two years. But before we break out the party hats, his ‘little’ brother, septuagenarian Raul, is no Thomas Jefferson. It’s still all in the family where Cuban dictators are concerned.
I’m curious; there are lot of apologists out there for Castro and his regime. Plenty of talk about good cheap health care, housing, food etc. etc. From what I’ve read, I don’t buy it. I’ve never been to Cuba and probably never will, so I will have to rely upon trusted sources for my information. But I wonder; can anyone out there present a good case for this tyrant keeping Cuba under his rusting iron fist for the past 48 years?
Without a doubt his predecessor, Batista, was a puppet of the American Mob along with the fruit and sugar companies. The US government was in cahoots with all of them in an attempt to maintain a status quo that was ‘good for America’ but not necessarily for Cuban peasants. Once again, a few select people, this time doing business in Havana, were getting very rich off of the backs of the very poor.
Revolution was probably inevitable (we initially ‘backed’ Castro, just like we ‘backed’ Batista), but can anything good come out of Marxism? Realistically speaking, Cuba only became more ‘democratic’ in that it now sucked for almost everyone, except those Party functionaries who learned their trade at the feet of gangsters, with fine tuning provided by the KGB.
Yet, once we realized that Cuba was the most western of all the Soviet satellites, did we make a mistake by taking the hard line that we did? Did our aggressive policy help to turn this blood thirsty charismatic backwoods island lawyer with poor hygiene (his nickname used to be “Grease Ball”) into the international folk hero that he has become? Distrust and fear of America certainly helped him to consolidate his power. I think it’s likely that our ‘diplomatic’ positon supplied Castro with all the rhetorical fuel he needed to keep his broken down little regime running for as long as it has .