Fidel Castro and the United States

Rosa Martínez

Fidel Castro. File Photo:

HAVANA TIMES — In recent weeks, social networks were once again filled up with comments about the life – or, better said, the death – of the world-famous leader of the Cuban revolution, Fidel Castro.

Probably no one was surprised to read that Castro was dead on some web-site. While president, they tried to assassinate him hundreds of times, and people have announced his death a fair number of times since he passed on the torch to his brother in 2006.

His opponents in Cuba have drunk and sung with joy more than once since he grew ill eight years ago. As for the anti-Castro lot in Miami, well, they’ve been dreaming about his death for more than 50 years and don’t forgive themselves for having been unable to take him out. And while few people actually care about how he’s doing now, many are not happy to know he’s alive, breathing and pissing people off.

I, who once believed Fidel was immortal, also thought he had died, as this occasion was the longest he’d been away from the public (a year and then some).

We even talked about his possible death at home, and how little of an impact it would have on Cuba and the world today, after eight years away from authoritarian power on the island. Though many are followers of his ideas, things are unquestionably not the same.

If anyone was sure he had gone, if they believed his last resting place was being prepared in Havana, it seems as though they were wrong again, as his last letter attests to the fact he’s alive. It’s not that I doubt someone else could write those words (something entirely possible), but this business of “I don’t trust the United States,” those words could only have come from him.

Rosa Martínez

Rosa Martinez: I am another Havana Times contributing writer, university professor and mother of two beautiful and spoiled girls, who are my greatest joy. My favorite passions are reading and to write and thanks to HT I’ve been able to satisfy the second. I hope my posts contribute towards a more inclusive and more just Cuba. I hope that someday I can show my face along with each of my posts, without the fear that they will call me a traitor, because I’m not one.

11 thoughts on “Fidel Castro and the United States

  • May 6, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Why do some always blame all the troubles in Cuba on the USA? The USA is but one country, under no obligation at any time to trade with any other country, or supply goods to any other country.

    Shouldn’t Cuba be able to support it’s self by now? Why are so many fields grown up in brush and no longer productive, making food for the citizens?

  • February 3, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    You are right to have believed that Fidel is immortal, just think about how many presidents he has outlived!, literally. How many other leaders of the Free World have you see do that?

    1) Kennedy
    2) Lyndon Johnson
    3) Richard Nixon
    4) Gerald Ford
    4) Ronald Reagan

  • February 3, 2015 at 6:52 am

    Personal attack? Off-thread comment? Ooooh, you really got me with that one.

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