Fidel Castro and U.S. sanctions on Cuba: When Fidel wasn’t whining about them, he talked tough about them

Cuba’s murderous dictator Fidel Castro spent decades endlessly whining about U.S. sanctions against his apartheid regime. But when he wasn’t whining about them, he was talking tough and shrugging them off.

A report from the Center for a Free Cuba:


— Statements by Fidel Castro on the North American embargo.

Fidel Castro is the maximum leader, founder, and voice of the Cuban Revolution. His ideas and thoughts are a guide for anyone interested in the historical process, the hopes, the successes, victories, and failures of the revolutionary experiment. While it is true that in 1969, seven years after the confiscation without payment of all U.S. properties on the island worth one billion dollars, and seven years after the beginning of U.S. sanctions, the Commander-in-Chief told thousands at Revolution Square that the embargo “makes one laugh,” international terrorism elicited a different response.

According to Fidel Castro, “If the Cuban government were to dedicate time to do terrorism, and to respond with terrorism to terrorists, we believe that we would really be very effective terrorists. Let no one be mistaken, if we were to dedicate ourselves to terrorism, with all certainty, we would be very effective. But the fact that the Cuban Revolution has never applied terrorism, does not mean that we never will. We warn you.”

Fidel Castro’s June 6, 1976 address on the occasion of the 15th Anniversary
Ceremony of MININT held at the Karl Marx Theater in Havana.

1964, two years after the beginning of the embargo:
“Within ten years we will produce more milk than Holland and more cheese than France. This is the great goal we set for ourselves. By that date, we expect to exceed thirty million liters of milk, so much in fact that we will have to export.”

Fidel Castro Interview with Eddy Martin, Hoy (La Habana), March 2, 1964

1966, four years after the beginning of the embargo
“In 1970, the island will have 5,000 specialists in stockraising, and something like 8 million cows and calves, all good producers of milk…there will be enough milk produced in Cuba to fill Havana bay.”

Fidel Castro, Speech at the Meeting of the Federation of Cuban Women,
December 1966

1969, seven years after the beginning of the embargo
“As for the blockade? Gentlemen! To speak of a blockade at a time like this, when we are about to split the blockade into tiny pieces! Just as Mr. Kennedy had to endure the unpleasant experience of the Bay of Pigs, Mr. Nixon will have to endure the possibly more bitter experiences of watching this country emerge from underdevelopment, achieve levels of agricultural production that no other country in the world has ever achieved. What in heaven’s name will the imperialists say in 1970? (Applause).

We are frankly impatience to see what they will see–what news stories, what arguments, what tricks, what fairy tales they will dredge up to explain this unpleasant fact. Mr. Nixon will in fact experience the unpleasant reality of a blockade which is meaningless.

“Nonetheless, he continues to argue in favor of ‘intensifying the blockade’. This gentlemen is years behind the times–fifteen, perhaps twenty. At times like this? Do they really expect to pressure countries that compete with the Yanqui monopoly? Countries with whom Cuba has achieved a good credit standing, since it is one of the few countries that meets its obligations to the letter. Because the slogan of this country is–better to suffer hunger than to fail to pay a single obligation which might affect the country’s credit standing. (Prolonged applause)…

“Imagine thinking that the blockade could have any effect nowadays! At best it makes some people laugh in scorn. Because, besides, we have to pay for the purchases we have made. The countries that have sold us a lot want to sell us a lot more. Who could think that they would want to lose this business by submitting to the blockade? It makes one laugh, really.

“Thus the language of force does not intimidate us. We have been cured of it. The blockade now is a subject of scorn and laughter…it can be nothing less. That is the real situation.”

Fidel Castro, Speech January 2, 1969, Plaza de la Revolución, Havana

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