“It wasn’t my role, I had no choice.”

Fidel Castro never would call himself a dictator. He called himself the Head of State, who was placed there “by the people.” My greatest challenge in listening to Fidel’s autobiography was deciphering what was legitimate and what was propaganda. After hearing what Fidel had to say, I bet average folks would want to move to Cuba! At the end, one thing was certain: Fidel is a brilliant politician and speaker. He knows what to say, how to say it, to convince his audience. Yet, I found several inconsistencies in his story.

For example; Fidel said that he doesn’t have control over everything; that there are “systems in place” in the decision making process. But the Cuban people tell a different story.

Micromanaging

Further along in his interview, Fidel talked about the change in production of sugar cane. He called the man in charge of the farms and asked how many hectares had been plowed. The man replied, “Eighty.” Fidel responded by saying to not plow one more hectare. So much for systems set in place. His response in justifying the action, “It wasn’t my role, [but] I had no choice.”

Political Prisoners

Another example of Fidel’s conflicting statements revolves around Cuba having political prisoners. Fidel repeatedly stated that Cuba has no political prisoners. Even his brother Raul, the current president, publicly agreed. However, there are a group of women in Cuba called the ‘Ladies in White’ who protest regularly against the government for taking some of their husbands as political prisoners.

How many other times did Fidel end up justifying himself by saying that he had no choice in the matter but to take control? It matters not if there are systems set in place if the systems fail. He wants to create the public persona of a kind, loving brother who wants what is best for the nation while at the same time keeping the populace under his thumb. He gives the Cuban people enough hope to leave them hanging. He leads them along, acknowledges their complaints, is the number one critic of Cuba, and makes $30/month. While dictators come in all shapes and sizes, Fidel is a wonderful manipulator and in the end manipulates to control everything that goes on.

To serve his own purpose, a dictator must manipulate everything, perhaps most of all his conscience.

For Further Discussion:

Other claims contrary to Fidel are discussed on the website, The Real Cuba