Fidel Castro’s failed terrorist attack on Moncada Barracks a precursor of his future dictatorship

Fidel Castro’s failed terrorist attack on the Moncada Barracks on July 26, 1953 only managed to murder sleeping soldiers, but became a harbinger what lay ahead for Cuba under Castro: poor planning, horrible execution, and death.

Julio Shiling explains in El American:

Cuba 69 Years After Moncada Barracks

Castro-communism’s signature celebration is, ironically, a failed, poorly planned and worse executed attack on Cuba’s second-largest military garrison. It was a total failure. Perhaps this fiasco is truly the best personification of the regime it produced. The botched and barbaric July 26, 1953, attack on the Moncada Barracks, which Fidel Castro directed yet mysteriously managed to avoid capture, is sixty-nine this year. Cuba under the tyrannical system that showcases this unsuccessful coup as its moral starting point is falling apart and, paradoxically, is host to the continent’s socialist offensive.

Penury
Cuba was impressively advanced measured by world socioeconomic indexes and standards, when the USSR-backed Castro brothers eliminated the democratic elements of the anti-Batista movement and consolidated power in 1959. It was all downhill from there. Today, communist Cuba is immersed in penury and competing to be the continent’s most miserable place to live. Dengue fever, mostly a pre-twentieth-century ailment, has found, again, fertile ground on the island. Blackouts are commonplace. Even though Havana controls Venezuelan oil production and distribution, Cubans, except for the Politburo elite-connected, re living without electricity for long hours in many parts of the country.

Food shortages are at epic levels. Unless, you have political connections, foreign friends or lovers, or stashed dollars to procure available items in the black market or in Castro’s stratified supermarkets, eating for Cubans is an existential challenge. Considering the catastrophic economic situation it is in, thanks to communist rule, one would think priorities would be in order. That is not the case.

The Marxist dictatorship, through its state capitalist mega-corporations, is investing in hotels, golf courses and other amenity installations for high-end tourists. The curious thing is that hotels in Cuba are currently filled at 50% or below capacity. Passenger-filled airplane flights to the island are at historical lows. Why this waste of resource? Many believe that these “investments” are mere money laundering schemes to whitewash the Castro regime’s drug business profits.

Tyranny
Castro-Communism is and has always been, comprehensively tyrannical. State terrorism, social domestication, and other forms of political repression have been pivotal to the island’s sixty-three-year dictatorial reign. The 11th of July Cuban Uprising (11J) decidedly marked a point of no return in Cuba. The Cuban people, especially the young born in captivity, are fed up with communism and willing to publicly express it. Furthermore, they are demanding freedom and natural rights. The Castro regime has resorted to its usual antics: a brutal crackdown, long prison sentences for protesters, a state-directed exodus facilitation ploy, and promises of a better life under socialism. With over 1,000 Cubans detained or already serving unjust prison terms linked to 11J and over 13,000 existing prisoners in jail for “crimes” that are potentially tied to political causes, the Castro regime has not demonstrated a willingness to lessen its brutality.

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  1. Oh, but it wasn’t a failure, not for the man behind it–who didn’t even fire a shot during the attack, let alone get so much as a scratch. It made him a national name in Cuba and launched his “revolutionary” career. He even went so far as to claim that the intellectual author of the bloody incident was–wait for it–José Martí.

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