Post by bigdog Post by claviger Post by bigdog Post by bigdog Post by claviger
The truth is Lee Harvey Oswald is as much a hero to the Cuban Revolution
as Che Guevara. In fact, even more so.
I really don't think so. I remember seeing posters of Che Guevera around
the Ohio State campus when I was a student there and I still see similar
posters put up by leftists although not nearly as frequently as I used to.
I've never seen anyone put up a similar poster of Oswald. I doubt you
would see any in Havana either.
This is a follow up to the above. This Wiki article summarizes the esteem
that is still held for Che Guevara 50 years after his death.
Nobody I know of venerates Oswald this way.
No, of course not. Cuban pride would not acknowledge a Gringo on his
own did more damage than any of Castro's henchmen. Che was merely
a pretty boy cheerleader for the Revolución. Guevara had no experience
or formal military training and flopped on his rockstar tour of the Belgian
Congo and Bolivia.
Che Guevara was hardly just a pretty boy. He rose to the level of Castro's
right hand man during the guerrilla war which toppled Batista. After
Castro took over, Guevara played many key roles including training the
militia forces that would repel the Bay of Pigs invasion. He literally
wrote the book on guerilla warfare.
Post by claviger
To recognize LHO for his significant contribution would raise questions
and anger many people in the USA.
Oswald did nothing to help Castro. There's no way Castro would been a
party to the assassination nor would he have wanted it to happen. He
didn't stay in power for over 50 years by being stupid.
Post by claviger
Castro's swollen ego would not allow
him to acknowledge the obvious, that a punk in downtown Dallas with a
milsurp rifle did more damage to the US Government to the major benefit
of Communist Cuba than anything Castro or Che did.
Had Kennedy survived there would have been ongoing CIA pressure on
Castro. LBJ wanted nothing to do with the Cuban situation. The USSR
did adopt Cuba and financed their sinking economy for a long time until
they decided to pull out of this financial fiasco.
Castro gained no benefit from the assassination. CIA efforts to eliminate
him continued after JFK was assassinated. One of the reasons for finally
calling off the dogs was the fear that if they did eliminate Castro, he
would be replaced by either Che Guevara or Raul Castro who it was thought
would be even worse.
I think the evidence is overwhelming that after JFK's death that much of
the anti-Cuban covert activity - e.g., Operation Mongoose and the
assassination plots - ended or at least were greatly reduced. The Kennedys
were, in the words of Joe Califano, a Pentagon official who attended many
of the meetings where the covert operations were planned, "obsessed" with
Once JFK was dead - and RFK reportedly deeply despaired over the
possibility that the anti-Castro activity somehow contributed to the
President's death - there was no driving force behind it. Califano said
that he and other LBJ aides were ordered by LBJ to inform the anti-Castro
Cubans that their war was over and that the Administration would no longer
support any plans to invade Cuba.
At the very least, Oswald's assassination of JFK ended most of those
covert anti-Cuban operations.
As Jean Davison documents in her book, Oswald probably knew a great deal
about these operations.
Second: recall that during the missile crisis that Castro pleaded with
Khrushchev to launch his nuclear missiles against the US. Not the ones in
Cuba, mind you, but the ballistic missiles in the USSR. That was insane
but it's evidence of the incredible anti-American fanaticism that Castro
and Che had.
If Castro was willing to wage nuclear war against the US I have little
doubt that he wouldn't have minded murdering JFK.
In any case, Oswald's assassination of JFK did benefit Castro even if
Oswald didn't intend it to be so.