Tim Gratz Posted March 16, 2005 Share Posted March 16, 2005 (edited) In one of my discussions with Gerry Hemming, he stated his opinion that Castro had started as a fascist not a Communist; that Castro used to study Mein Kampf. Mr. Hemming was not the first person to raise this point. I found an interesting article by a Ernesto Betancourt, who was once a follower of Castro. It is worth reading. THE TRUJILLISMO, FINAL STAGE OF THE CASTRISMO (I) By Ernesto F. Betancourt Against which it thinks the left-handed intellectuality, the castrismo is not a movement of Marxist origin. The initial ideological source of I castrate was Prime of Creek and the Francoism, that prioritized between the jesuitas of the School of Bethlehem where it formed in the thirty and during World War II. In the University it walked with My fight, the book of Hitler, under the arm. It is after arriving at the power that Fidel decides to play his destiny with the USSR in search of a strategic support that he served as counterbalance the American power, which tried to challenge. When getting dressed in the Marxist mantle, the castrismo acquired ideological respetabilidad before the liberal world; that Trujillo never reached, nor deserved. In addition, Fidel became the symbol of the antiamericanismo, which made a hero of many suffered, including academic and intellectual Americans. Nevertheless, during two years that I represented the 26 of Julio in Washington, when the insurrection against Batiste, never I received an invitation of an American university to present/display our position. This ideological commitment, and in fact, with the marxism prevailed until the collapse of the Soviet Union. Later one has become more propagandistic than real. But in the relations governor-governed the Cuban regime it has been all along a case more of tropical caudillismo, whose internal operation more similarity in the Américas is the trujillismo. The Cuban Comunism has stopped being a sistémica reality. It is a propagandistic patch that maintains Fidel to continue cultivating the European, Latin American and American left. But the regime that has arisen more and more reveals clearly the similarity of the castrismo with the trujillismo. Saving the distances between the world-wide projection of I always castrate and much more limited of Trujillo, who limited itself the Dominican Republic. This similarity arises from many passages of the shining historical novel of Mario Vargas Llosa the celebration of Chivo. The Dominican ones called to Trujillo Chivo and the Cubans call to Fidel the Horse. Both leaders show charismatic characteristics that they served to them as base to aupar itself like leaders incuestionados on his compatriots. Both are of little sleeping and they have used to have a penetrating glance able to disturb to an adversary or to discover a disloyal follower. Both established true totalitarian regimes that were satrapías. The life and property of the citizens were left to their favor and without legal protection some against them. The conduct of the father of Uranita, senator Agustín Cabral, central personage of the novel of Vargas LLosa, is of equal submission to the Dominican caudillo who the one of personages like Ricardo Alarcón and others of the nomenklatura to the Cuban caudillo. Like the senator, the chancellor Perez Roque or their predecessor, Robertico Robaina, are personages whose races can with a stroke of the pen be finished by the caudillo. The total subordination to the caudillo is guaranteed with the presence of the espionage and the ruthless repression at all the levels. In the case of Trujillo with colonel Johnny Abbes in charge of the Service of Inteligencia Militar (SIM); in the one of Fidel, with a general Abelardo Colomé in charge of the Ministry of Interior (MININT). Although Fidel has not arrived at the recklessness to put fences with mottos like ' ' God and Trujilló', nor to be made call the Benefactor, yes he has cultivated mottos that transmit unconditional obedience like ' ' Fidel, this one is your casá ' and ' ' Commander-in-Chief, I ordered ' or laughable titles like ' ' father of genéticá'. The Catholic Church, under both regimes, was folded by both caudillos to a colaboracionista position with the terror of the persecution and doing to him to beg for the access to the average materials for its operation. In these two caudillistas systems, loyalty is compensated with gifts and the disloyalty or the failure is punished retiring them. There is the anecdote of the cousin of Trujillo who, enjoying prebendas that generated the rent of lottery, committed the error to speak badly of the military. Thing that the network of scavengers made arrive at the Generalissimo. Just like they make the cederistas in Cuba. As punishment named it colonel, Central base had to take a walk by Sunday at night in the heat of uniforms and, as the rules prohibited that the military occupied that seat, lost the position of director of the lottery. Robaina Robert was defenestrado to question the wisdom of Fidel in blaming Javier Solana of genocide during the war by Kosovo. After several months in the limb of the plan pajamas, it finished of cadet in a military school and its wife they dismissed it of a substantial position to tourism, in the middle of rumors, planted by the own regime, on cloudy businesses. Arnaldo Ochoa, in the military man, Carlos Aldana, in the politician, and Humberto Perez, in the economic thing underwent sudden end in diverse degrees. No could be defended before the public opinion. Equal it happened under Trujillo, who also had the monopoly of mass media. This handling of its followers in the governing oligarchy and of the society in general reveals an extraordinary similarity between both caudillos. Nevertheless, in the communist stage of I castrate, the caudillismo was opacado by the internationalism and the entailment with the Marxist ideology. After the collapse of the Soviet block it is that the caudillista similarity between the trujillismo and the castrismo becomes more evident. Of that we will speak in the next column. Some information on Mr. Betancourt: Ernesto Betancourt, born in Cuba, served briefly in the original government of Fidel Castro, but quickly defected. Years later he served as head of Budgeting at the Organization of American States, where, among many accomplishments, he is credited with coining the name of the “Alliance for Progress” launched by President Kennedy. He also was the first and most respected Director of Radio Marti. Today he provides consulting services to the World Bank and other institutions related to governance reform in emerging democracies. He is the author of several books and a regular contributor to El Nuevo Herald and other publications. His father was Cuban born, but came to New York as a child and later joined the US Marines at the end of the First World War. After his service, he returned to Cuba where he married, became a CPA and Manager of the Western Electric branch in Cuba. Edited March 16, 2005 by Tim Gratz Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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