By Elio Delgado Legon

Cartoon from 2012 criticizing the Obama administration for maintaining the 1962 embargo on Cuba.  From: medium.com

HAVANA TIMES – The first truth some people want to ignore is that the Cuban people led a revolution with rifle in hand, to overthrow a bloody dictatorship and its military machine, which was supported in both economic and military terms by the United States. We can’t forget that the bombs that fell on farmers’ homes in the Sierra Maestra had the inscription “Made in USA”.

You also can’t forget that this revolution continues the independence struggle that began with Carlos Manuel de Cespedes in 1868, and was picked back up by Jose Marti in 1895, which was thwarted by US intervention at the time.

This last stage of the Cuban Revolution, which ended in victory on January 1, 1959, saw every Cuban taking part, except for those who were accomplices of the dictatorship and its crimes, as expected, and left the country after the Revolution’s triumph. This was how politicking and the fight between political parties for power, not to benefit the people but to fill their own bank accounts abroad (in the US preferably), ended.

Being a people’s revolution for the people, for real this time, defending the interests of the working class, anyone who opposed the Revolution and wanted it to return to its pre-1959 state, was considered a counter-revolutionary.

Some of these figures and their bosses in the north thought that the label “counter-revolutionary” was too harsh, so they invented a softer term “dissident”, as if it were any different.

I’ve said it before, the political parties running for elections wiped themselves out, nobody dissolved or banned them. The Cuban people eliminated the possibility of creating electoral parties when they drafted and voted in the 1976 Constitution and ratified the 2019 Constitution, since the Communist Party isn’t an electoral organization.

The Revolution has always done and does what it needs to do to change everything that needs to be changed, and the first thing that needed changing was the country’s political system, which gave rise to these rivalries for power which were so detrimental to the population.

For example, the capitalist system that ruled in Cuba since 1902 until 1958, wasn’t able to improve the poverty most of the population lived in, especially in rural areas. It didn’t take charge of education, healthcare, culture, sports… anything that would benefit the working class. At the end of the day, they only ruled so that the rich could become even richer.

This is why I am outraged when I hear some of these people say that Fidel Castro was a dictator, that Raul Castro was a dictator and that our current president, Miguel Diaz-Canel, is also a dictator. In the hopes of defaming the Revolution and echoing the words of their bosses in the north, these people quite possibly have no idea what a real dictatorship is, and there have been many, not only in Cuba, but in all of Latin America, backed by the US government, which has always stood out for supporting the most ignoble causes in the world.

I am also outraged when some economists, who believe they know everything and begin to give their recommendations on how to improve the Cuban economy, talk about reinstating capitalism in Cuba.

However, none of them speaks about the harm the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed on us by the US government for almost 60 years. A real economic war, persecuting Cuba’s foreign trade operations, making it hard for us to be paid for our exports sometimes, because banks don’t want to risk being fined by the US. This is the main truth that affects the Cuban economy, which some people still insist on ignoring.


Elio Delgado Legon

Elio Delgado-Legon: I am a Cuban who has lived for 80 years, therefore I know full well how life was before the revolution, having experienced it directly and indirectly. As a result, it hurts me to read so many aspersions cast upon a government that fights tooth and nail to provide us a better life. If it hasn’t fully been able to do so, this is because of the many obstacles that have been put in its way.

11 thoughts on “The Truth about Cuba

  • Actually, it was raul who pushed his brother toward Communism. Raul had ties with the pre-1959 Cuban communist party, and also with the USSR, connections which enabled Cuba’s slide toward Soviet control.

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