So earlier on I had a blog post about Cuba (as my country of the week). In that post I mentioned that I am quite obsessed with the place because of its history and what it means. I am fascinated by the inner workings of both Fidel and Che who, though are very militant and a little crazy, are also heroes and definitely put much thought into their struggle as much as they put reckless abandon in the name of the revolution.
Unfortunately as with most ‘revolutionary heroes’, there is a moment when society at large would prefer a real democracy (as is normally what they fighting in the name of)... But that is usually forgotten once the relevant people are in power.
The difference (for me) with Che and Fidel is that even though they were beyond cray-cray, there was still an element of true patriotism and a real desire to help the people over helping themselves. Che was more than prepared to die (and he did) for the ‘freedom’.
There are many reports that claim Fidel and Che hated each other but I have read many-a biography and studied some of their letters which proves to me that that is far from the truth. They were friends and above all had immense respect for each other.
Even the people of Cuba will tell you that they are amazing and that they did so much for the country. The opinions of them being villains are a mostly western thing. I’m always looking for ways to study them further as individuals and as ‘colleagues’ and friends.
Obsessed with Che Guevara and Fidel Castro