There is something that we must recognize in the extreme left: its ability to create myths. Basically, left-handed activists are advertisers trying to whitewash tyrants. In addition, to pass off as good what is bad, and vice versa. With total cynicism they can call Cuba “the best democracy in the world”, or put Bolivia as an example of economic success. All in all, the largest display of scoundrels on the left revolves around Fidel Castro.
His commander and panegyrists were in charge of mounting the story about enormous and almost superhuman leadership and combat capabilities. But people who fought alongside Castro testified to the contrary.
For example, Huber Matos, one of the historical commanders of the Sierra Maestra, recounted on several occasions, but especially in his book: How the night came, Fidel’s crazy and unintelligent strategies; his cowardice before the planes of the Cuban Air Force; the assaults on the properties of humble peasants; and his agreements with marijuana growers, all of this in the midst of the revolution.
For his part, in his work The Killing Machine, the Argentine writer Nicolás Márquez denies the falsity of the rural guerrilla as the key factor in the fall of Fulgencio Batista. Since during much of the campaign the Cuban rebels (urban and rural) had international support. In fact, in March 1957, Commander Matos himself met with the President of Costa Rica, José Figueres, to obtain weapons.
However, the assistance was not only international. For example, the capture of the city of Santiago de Cuba did not go beyond being a joyous walk. Since the Armed Forces and the Police rose up against Batista and his regime. Even the Santiago police chief, Bonifacio Haza, offered his men to serve the rebel cause.
On January 1, 1959, Fidel Castro, Camilo Cienfuegos and Huber Matos triumphantly entered Havana. The majority of the Cuban people expected the 1940 constitution to be restored. Likewise, the call for free elections. However, Castro established a very personal system, whose axis of power was him. From that moment on, Cubans entered – painfully, they continue – into a dictatorship whose main characteristics are State terrorism and organized crime. With the aggravating circumstance that the main victims were many of his companions, among them, the commanders Cienfuegos and Matos.
In the words of the Bolivian jurist and political scientist, Carlos Sánchez Berzaín: «Castroism is a form of personalistic and totalitarian communism accommodated to the convenience of its creator. It is about the false doctrine of the one-man regime with which the Cuban people have been oppressed for 63 years, extending the ignominy with aggression to other peoples of the world, especially in Latin America. It is used for the denomination of a mythologized tyranny in the idealization of a chimera that resulted in crimes against humanity -including drug trafficking- that cannot be forgotten.
There is reliable evidence of criminal relations between Fidel Castro, Roberto Suárez, Klaus Barbie Altmann and Pablo Escobar. Even El Patron’s trusted hit man, John Jairo Velásquez Vásquez, better known as Popeye, in an interview with journalist Normando Valentín, revealed that Gabriel García Márquez was a key contact between the Cuban dictator and the Colombian cartels.
Brazilian journalist Leonardo Coutinho, in a paper for Veja magazine, explains that Fidel’s image as a “statesman” and “revolutionary” is nothing more than simple staged theater, a farce. In reality, Castro is the head of a large drug cartel that has captured much of Latin America.
At the cost of the lives and freedom of millions of Cubans, Nicaraguans, Venezuelans, Bolivians and others, Fidel Castro, Hugo Chávez, Daniel Ortega and Evo Morales have set up the most dangerous transnational gang. The key question is: have they left a crime uncommitted? History tells us no.