This is the fifth installment in a 15-part series written by Cuban American Humberto (Bert) Corzo exclusively on Babalú (see Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11):
“The word is not to conceal the truth, but to say it” – José Martí.
Why this topic is called One Hundred Lies told by Fidel Castro? Because he affirms the opposite of what is in his mind, he disguises his thinking by making his pronouncements look like another thing. Because the fake promises he made breaking his word. Of him we can say that “He lies more than he speaks the truth.”
In order to understand Fidel Castro’s actions, it is necessary to understand him as he really is, not as people want him to be. He is a man with two faces, one is the face of a revolutionary who promise prosperity, democracy and the restoration of Cuba’s 1940 constitution. The other is the face of a consummate liar who says and promises anything in order to stay in power for life.
The following infamous lies were used by Fidel Castro to coax the Cuban people, to later betray the true principles of the revolution by turning the island into a satellite of the Soviet Union.
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38. “The great battle of the eggs has been won. From now on the people will be able to count on 60 million eggs every month” Speech, January 2, 1965, designated “Year of the Agriculture.” “For example: with the egg plan we have reached a production of 60 million eggs, it have been exceeded, even in the month of March it is possible to reach 70 million. … This is a consumption five times greater than the highest consumption ever attained during the era of capitalism, at least five time more;.… We can say that every child, every man, every woman has at least 10 eggs assured per month” Speech, February 19, 1965.
According to his contribution to mathematics, the production would be 840 million eggs a year for a population of 7.8 million, equivalent to 9 eggs per capita per month. In 1958, for a population of 6.6 million, production of the poultry industry plus domestic production totaled 700 million eggs a year, equivalent to 9 eggs per capita. The consumption was the same, not five times larger liked he said.
In 2018, after 59 years, with a population of 11.2 million, the distribution of eggs by the ration book was only 5 eggs per capita per month. In addition the regime is forced to import millions of eggs intended for the tourism industry. The great battle won, in reality, has been a Pyrrhic victory. End result: cackling without eggs.
39. “And we believe that, at the latest within five years, the Cuban people would be counted among the best-fed people in the world. We will have to count the people of Cuba among the best-fed peoples in the world by per capita consumption.” Speech February 19, 1965, Isla de Pinos.
In 1958, Cuba ranked third in Latin America in per capita food consumption behind Argentina and Uruguay, and 26th worldwide with 2,870 calories per day (UN Demographic Yearbook 1955-1959 FAO). In 2014, according to data supplied by the regime, per capita food consumption in Cuba was 3,448 calories per day (UN FAO Yearbook 2014), greater than the consumption of Argentina of 3,374 calories and Uruguay 2,918. Without a doubt this figure is an exaggeration.
We are going to demonstrate conclusively the fallacy of this figure. Since 1992, agricultural production has declined significantly, placing the country as the lowest per capita food producer in Latin America, forcing the regime to import between 75% and 80% of food to cover part of the deficit, resulting in lower consumption whose consequence has been the gradual reduction of size and weight of the population due to malnutrition.