Cuba’s most famous writer on the Cuban regime

May 4, 2003

Today’s El Nacional (can’t link to it, can’t read without subscription) has a very interesting article with Cuba’s most famous writer Guillermo Cabrera Infante. Cabrera, who backed the revolution the first few years, has some interesting thoughts on Cuba:

-On the Cubans shot to death for hijacking a ferry: The youngest one was 21. All of them were born during the Government of Fidel Castro. Were they candidates to become the “new man”? One also has to add they were all black.

-On the embargo: Castro can do business with 168 countries! There is only a commercial embargo with the United States

-On Castro: Castro is not communist. Castro is a castrist.

-On what a Cuban writer told an English reporter: I am afraid if Castro falls. They are going to drag me through the streets. My neighbors will. The hate me because I have a PC, a typewriter and a sattelite dish. On top of that Fidel visits me!

-On the European left and the myth of the Cuban revolution: They are stubborn because they deny the evidence. When one is wrong one has to recognize the error.

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