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Huber Matos dead at 95

Via The Miami Herald:

Former Cuban revolutionary Huber Matos is dead

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Huber Matos<br /><br />

Huber Matos, a revolutionary commander under Fidel Castro who later became an exile in Miami, died Thursday. He was 95.

Matos died of a massive heart attack, his family said in a statement. He was taken to Kendall Regional Hospital on Tuesday.

Matos assisted Castro in winning the revolution in 1959, but became disillusioned with the Cuban government.

4 comments to Huber Matos dead at 95

  • OmarD

    Disillusioned is an understatement. A Cuban patriot and martyr; and a very nice man. RIP.

  • antonio2009

    This is typical Herald slanted reporting, especially by Mexican Alfonso Chardy. While emphasizing that Huber Matos wants to be buried in Costa Rica, no mention in made that his son Huber Matos Araluce resides there for more than 20 years as a fugitive from U.S. justice for Medicare fraud. The Herald did a story last year on Medicare fraud in which Matos Araluce is mentioned along with his photo. Likewise the Herald has extensively reported the saga of the fugitive Matos Araluce
    http://www.latinamericanstudies.org/exile/matos-fugitive.htm
    Chardy, as usual, now uses selective memory for his reporting.

  • asombra

    It seems Matos never stopped using the title "comandante," which implies he considered it a badge of honor or distinction--even though he got that title from Fidel for doing Fidel's bidding and furthering Fidel's plans, regardless of what Matos may have intended. To me and an awful lot of Cubans, the very word "comandante" is viscerally repugnant, so tainted that it is effectively indecent, not to say obscene. Apparently Matos didn't "get" that, sort of like Juanita Castro, Fidel's sister in Miami, evidently didn't get that it was absolutely NOT decent to say a single word publicly against Cuban exiles who celebrated what they thought would be Fidel's demise. Maybe it's an insignificant detail and just a matter of personal perspective. Or maybe not.

    Matos also carried out a number of executions which, regardless of the guilt or lack thereof of the people killed, were illegal because Cuba's official penal code at the time only allowed the death penalty for spies in time of war (and I'm pretty sure whatever "trials" were held before those executions were nowhere near as scrupulous as those held for Nazi war criminals at Nuremberg). Much later, in exile, Matos (who always claimed those executions were justified and legitimate) said that "the Revolution generates right"--a spectacularly dubious statement, to put it kindly, even if he actually believed it (or had to believe it). The "Revolution" was a pernicious and highly malignant fraud, and Matos got suckered by it and lent it significant aid (he had no military background but, unlike many if not most such "guerrilleros," he was both brave and able). When he finally saw, too late, that he'd been had, he resigned from his "revolutionary" post, which was a principled but by then useless gesture. Alas, like all sorts of people who were effectively useful idiots, he steadfastly clung to the notion of the noble but betrayed revolution, putting the onus on the Maximum Liar but ignoring or dismissing the fact that "revolution" was not the only alternative to Batista's rule, and that even letting the Batista thing run its course would have been FAR preferable to the "cura de caballo" (horse cure) that gave us Castro, Inc.