Fidel Castro recently bestowed The Atlantic Magazine’s Jeffrey Goldberg with an exclusive interview. More than a mere exclusive, this is the first interview granted by the Stalinist dictator to an American reporter in 4 years.
The MSM is absolutely agog with the catalogue of insights, woes and regrets bequeathed by the Cuban mass murderer to Goldberg. “I asked him if he believed the Cuban model was still something worth exporting,” writes Goldberg.
"'The Cuban model doesn't even work for us anymore,” Castro replied. The MSM and assorted “Cuba Analysts” are all aflutter over Castro’s “epiphany,” “honesty”, “regret,” - take your pick - “that Communism “doesn’t work.”
Some actual study of recent Cuban history might enlighten these learned parties. To wit:
"This doesn't work, I'm resigning!" - Fidel Castro, July 1959 during political crisis with his puppet "President" Manuel Urrutia)
"This doesn't work! Terrible mistakes were made (especially in adopting Che Guevara's moral incentives) - we need material capitalistic incentives. So I'm resigning!" - Fidel Castro, July 1970, after the much-ballyhooed "10 million ton" sugar harvest proved way short and utterly disastrous.
"The capitalists organize production better than we do. There's much we can learn from them." - Fidel Castro, 1986 during "Rectification Process" i.e. another “re-evaluation” after another economic crisis.
"We are not afraid of the market. We are not afraid of economic reform. The people understand the reasons behind them and support them." - Fidel Castro, Nov. 1991 announcing Cuba’s "Special Period" i.e. loss of Soviet Sugar Daddy - another re-evaluation after another economic crisis.
Has any “Cuba analyst” noticed a marked change in the rights, prosperity and welfare of the Cuban people after any of these “epiphanies,” “regrets,” “re-evaluations”, etc.?
And has any “Cuba Analyst” mentioned that Hugo Chavez (current Cuban Sugar-Daddy) looks to lose the Sept. 26 parliamentary elections in Venezuela Venezuela 52 to 42 percent? (granted, there's much room for altering the results).
And has any “Cuba Analyst” mentioned that this will present Castro with an economic crisis as bad as the "Special Period" in the early 90's after the Soviets collapsed? Will this require another “re-evaluation” that will buttress the regime but have the same effect on the Cuban people’s rights, prosperity and welfare as all the other “re-evaluations?”
Humberto Fontova holds an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Tulane University and is the author of four books including his latest, The Longest Romance; The Mainstream Media and Fidel Castro. For more information and for video clips of his Television and college speaking appearances please visit www.hfontova.com.