Fidel Castro’s autobiohagiography

Scottish columnist Gerald Warner has an excellent editorial on Fidel Castro’s latest literary creation–emphasis on the word “creation.” As it is with all manufactured histories, no one can make up a story better than the person who benefited directly from the untruths that were disseminated on his behalf.

Castro himself is probably best equipped to confect his own legend: as he disarmingly confessed to a teacher during his schooldays, “it’s just that I’m in the habit of lying”. When he gave Ramonet his account of the attack on the Uvero barracks on 28 May, 1957, he observed in the measured tones of a military veteran that, if government planes had arrived in support, “we’d (sic) have had to order a retreat, no doubt about it”.

In fact, Castro was not there and he did order a retreat even without the intervention of enemy aircraft, but Che Guevara disobeyed him and took the barracks. Castro and his brother Raul arrived after it was all over.

The myth of Castro, second only to the legend of “Uncle Joe” Stalin, was the great socialist PR imposture of the 20th century. Castro executed 16,000 political opponents. His lieutenant Che Guevara enjoyed executions so much he made sure his office window overlooked the prison yard; whenever a distraught mother came to him to beg for the life of her son he would have the young man shot in front of her. The one execution Guevara did not appear to enjoy was his own (“I’m Che! I’m more use to you alive!”).

The Maximum Leader’s gulag has extended hospitality to more than 100,000 of his subjects in its labour camps. Western journalists who have worn down their fingers writing about Guantanamo do not even know the names of the island’s other penal establishments: Kilo 5.5, Pinar del Rio, Kilo 7, the Capitiolo (for enemies of the revolution up to age ten) and others. Two million Cubans have voted with their feet to flee from Castro’s socialist paradise, more than 30,000 dying in the attempt.

3 thoughts on “Fidel Castro’s <strike>autobio</strike><i>hagio</i>graphy”

  1. That man knows what he is talking about. If only other journalists would write articles as carefully researched as his. He even cites the U.N. Statistical Yearbook which inexplicably NOBODY else cites when they start repeating castroite lies about the alleged poverty in pre-1959 Cuba. If they looked at the U.N. Statistical Yearbook, all of those NY Times columnists, editorialists, all of those CNN, ABC, CBS, Time, Newsweek, etc..journalists would see that Cuba was not a poverty-stricken country, but alas, I guess that truth is not what the mainstream media is about.

  2. Maybe, after so many years of endless bullshit from the Castro propaganda mill, the stuff is getting a little too hard to swallow, at least for those with some degree of self-respect.

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