“Fidel and Che Guevara had a beautiful concept that obviously went awry.” (Diana Nyad, Aug 24, 2010)
"For crying out loud, Humberto!" come the complaints. "She's a swimmer, not a scholar! Why nit-pick?
In fact she graduated with honors in English. She's the author of three books, and a long-time New York Times, NPR, CBS, etc. contributor. She even claims to have read the Communist manifesto to try and understand Castro's politics."
"Fidel and Che [Guevara] had a beautiful concept that obviously went awry."
OK, but how?
"The solutions to the world's problems lie behind the Iron Curtain," wrote Ernesto Guevara during the very Soviet invasion of Hungary.
"I am a Marxist Leninist and will be till the day I die," boasted Fidel Castro in Dec. 1961. He went on to boast how he'd hidden his Marxism-Leninism to fool the public. Earlier he had boasted: "For now we use a lot of sleight of hand and smiles with everybody. There will be plenty of time later to crush all the cockroaches together."
Point is, Fidel and Che's "beautiful concept"--far from "going awry"--was fulfilled exactly according to their plan.
Now, it might be proper to claim that the concept attributed to Fidel and Che by many of their deluded followers from Julio Lobo to Pepin Bosch, from Manuel Urrutia to Miro Cardona, from Huber Matos to Ed Sullivan certainly "went awry." But I guess it's too much to expect a media superstar with an English degree to actually understand the meaning of English words.