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Hatred of Castro Will Live On

Hatred of Castro Will Live On

Cubans wave flags during the May Day celebration rally May 1, 2004, in Havana while Cuban President Fidel Castro delivered his traditional speech. (Niurka Barroso/AFP/Getty Images)

By Wednesday, 07 December 2016 12:29 PM Current | Bio | Archive

For such a tiny country, Cuba has generated global headlines for 56 years since Fidel Castro took over the island nation on New Year’s Eve, 1959. But the people of Cuba who did not flee the new regime have not enjoyed a "happy" new year since Fidel Castro ruled as a ruthless communist dictator until his death in November 2016 — except for the last ten years that his faithful brother Raul ruled.

Hatred for Castro (and now Raul) runs deeply in the exile community in the U.S., and around the world. Not only were they forced out of their homes and businesses, there was something else pouring salt on the wound: Fidel, though illegitimate, was one of them, a member of Cuba’s ruling class — hardly a peasant sugar cane worker. As a distinguished Cuban exile living in a Latin American nation told me in 1970, Fidel betrayed his own class, as well as ordinary Cubans.

Castro pretended to be a guerrilla revolutionary, leading peasants and the proletariat to a better world. Instead, he presided over a murderous tyranny while keeping the world guessing what side he would choose for an alliance. Would he align with the democratic USA? Or the communist Soviet Union? He chose the USSR and became a Soviet stooge — now well-armed in order to obey his Soviet master to field pro-communist troops in South America and Africa.

American liberals can’t seem to shake off the image of the "good Castro," even after Cuba fell into the arms of the Soviets. The U.S. even attempted an unsuccessful invasion of Cuba in 1961, for the logical reason that an island 90 miles away was under the control of our worst enemy. The loss by the U.S. meant Cuba and Castro were now glorified: David versus Goliath, a modern "Mouse that Roared."

There followed in 1963 the nerve-wracking Cuban Missille Crisis, and the assassination of John F. Kennedy. This dramatic event places Fidel’s fingerprints in the fabric of arguably the greatest unsolved murder in history. For example, Lee Harvey Oswald’s attempts to reach Soviets via the Cubans; carrying opposing placards about two Cuban movements; and Cubans most everywhere events happened.

But the mother of connections between Cuba and the U.S. was discovered during the 1976 Senate Intelligence Committee hearings, charged to find out if the Watergate burglars were hired by the CIA. For some reason, the new Director of Central Intelligence, William Colby, chose to use the hearings to disclose the CIA’S family jewels — including wet jobs, propaganda efforts, and assassination attempts to kill enemy world leaders. But the agency also told of hiring the mafia to assassinate Fidel Castro.

This shocking disclosure created several avenues of research, most importantly by the Warren Commission, that concluded in 1964 that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone to kill JFK. Now, the CIA held valid evidence in 1977 proving Castro had a motive to kill JFK.

The bizarre and entangled story of Castro and the U.S. requires a library full of books, Three insightful ones are written by Brian Latell, the now-retired CIA Officer in charge of Latin America who monitored Castro most if his 30-year career in intelligence.

The books are "After Fidel," "Castro’s Secrets," and recently, "History Will Absolve Me." These are concise and informative books that follow Fidel from birth to death, and the major events surrounding his tumultuous life.

Bernie Reeves founded five regional publications and the Raleigh Spy Conference. His writing has appeared in National Review and American Thinker. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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