The Sugar King

What looks like may be an interesting book, “The Sugar King of Havana” by John Paul Rathbone explores the life of Cuban sugar magnate, Julio Lobo. It also contains the revelation (a revelation only to the ignorant) that the Castro revolution derived most, if not all of its support from middle and upper class Cuban society.

This revelation is sure to blow what little, if any, may be left of the ignorant left’s mind.

9 thoughts on “The Sugar King”

  1. And it is being repeated here as so many of the “upper” class are supporting their own demise in the U.S.
    But when we fall, there will be the same revisionist history that the rich opposed Obama’s attempts at helping the poor even a little, etc.
    So much misinformation takes hold about these things in Cuba and here.
    I despair.
    Come on November!

  2. And don’t forget the support of prominent members of the old Cuban political establishment, like former President Prio, that stupid weakling, who gave Castro around $250,000 before he came to power. That was very serious money at the time, and of course Castro took it, used it, and Prio wound up with nothing for his “generosity.”

  3. In all fairness to those Cubans who supported Castro before he took over, it has to be kept in mind that Castro lied up, down and sideways. He promised everybody what everybody wanted. He never, ever let on what he was really after until he was holding all the cards, or most of them. In other words, this was not like the Chavez situation in Venezuela. Cubans were stupid, but not THAT stupid.

  4. asombra,

    Don’t you dare to tell the Venezuelans that they were stupid because they get insulted.

    You should know that Communism would never happen to them, Venezuelan is not like Cuba, Chavez is not like Castro; they can remove Chavez from office via democratic means, blah, blah, blah.

    I’m still waiting for them to start a mass revolt and overthrow the monkey clown, but I guess I expect too much from them.

  5. George,

    My father never bought Fidel’s bullshit as he never like him from the days he appeared in the Cuba political scene.

    Plus my father meet people through his line of work that knew the Castro brothers and they always told him that they were a bunch of delinquents thugs.

    On another hand, one of his brothers helped hide the weapons used by the 26 De Julio members for target practice for the Moncada Barracks attack in a farm in the Havana province near Mariel.

    Make a story short, Batista’s guardia rural had knowledge that something was cooking before the attack began and had heard rumors about these weapons and these activities taking place but they did not have concrete evidence to make any arrests.

    Had they been able to find these weapons, maybe (just maybe) the Moncada attack could have been foiled.

    According to my father when Fidel Castro arrived to Havana in 1959 he asked to meet my uncle and even though my uncle never joined the Revolution he surely contributed to it. He died a few years ago here in exile.

    What can I say, many people in Cuba contributed to the Revolution later to regret it.

  6. George, certainly some Cubans (like my mother, not a trusting soul) never bought Castro’s snake oil, but he did lie, BIG time, and Batista was quite unpopular, meaning a lot of people wanted him replaced by just about anybody. Cuba had had dictators, but never anything close to the totalitarian magnitude and maleficence of Castro (the real deal, not the early fantasy version, especially pre-1959). In other words, most Cubans had no idea what they were in for, and Castro was young, tall, “heroic”-looking (or acting), and he made sure to say all the right things, wear religious medals, etc. Let’s face it, lots of people can be fooled, badly, and Cuban republican politics (1902-58) were a sorry business(otherwise, there could and would have been a political solution to the Batista problem, which was primarily a POLITICAL problem). I highly recommend Manuel Márquez-Sterling’s book “Cuba 1952-1959” (it’s in English and available through Amazon); it’s both illuminating and depressing.

  7. Julio Lobo (widely regarded as Cuba’s wealthiest man) was Castro’s biggest bankroller. (the Bosch’s of Bacardi were close on their heels.) Lobo also gave the 1963 commencement address at LSU, his Alma Mater. Among his choicest comments: “We now know that as early as 1948 Fidel Castro was being trained as a communist by the Soviets. It is incredible that he was aided and abetted by so many in taking over Cuba.”

    The term Chutzpah certainly applies here–especially as Lobo was a(Sephardic)Jew.

    Don’t know if Lobo’s LSU address is mentioned in Rathbone’s book. Much of it is included in my Fidel book. I had some cousins in that LSU graduating class listening to Lobo. How they controlled themselves is a tale in itself.


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