chapter  12
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Cuba and the United States

ByCarlos Alberto Montaner

Fidel Castro cannot understand the legitimate astonishment of Kissinger when he asked what the little Cubans were doing sending their armies hither and yon, because Kissinger has a keen perception of the political fabric while Fidel cannot give up the most elementary pettyfogging schemes. Fidel begins with the strange legal superstition that Cuba is as much of a country as the United States, and he as much of a president as the Yankee. As proof that Castro continues to be Castro, one has to refer to the Falklands episode. As is known, the United States, in different ways, economically blockades, or has blockaded, Rhodesia, Chile, Cuba, and Argentina. In 1959, the Central Intelligence Agency began to harass Castro as a reply to the aggresive anti-Yankeeism shown by the Cuban leader. Washington served both as the paradoxical catalyst of Cuban Communism and the clumsy organizer of anti-Castroism.