chapter  13
10 Pages

Destiny of the Cuban Revolution

ByCarlos Alberto Montaner

Broadly, that was an important part of Fidel Castro's ideological equipment on the day he entered Havana surrounded by cheers, applause, and partisans. With those ideas encrusted in his brain, Castro resolved to change the Cuban situation. Upon initiating his magic reforms, but for different reasons, Castro chose to realize them through Communism. Communism was going to be the theoretical (and police) framework from which the revolution toward development would start. Within a scenario of Cuban de-Sovietization, Washington might guarantee Havana total nonbelligerence, suspension of the economic blockade, and perhaps, in exchange for the elimination of Soviet economic aid, offer Cuba a subsidy which would permit its economic survival, at least at the level of present Soviet aid. The recent history of Cuba is not definitive. Neither the geography, the history, economy, nor Cuba's sociopolitical tradition indicate that the Communist dictatorship is an irreversible fact.