[Marxism] Fidel Castro and juan Peron

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Tue Dec 26 06:33:45 MST 2006

(It wasn't possible to access the LANIC archives where Fidel's speeches
beginning in 1959 in English translation are maintained. The closest that
I could find quickly was the following from the very critical biography of
Fidel by the New York Times's Tad Szulc. Take it for what it's worth.)

>From Fidel: A Critical Portrait 
by Tad Szulc 
page 338

In September [1955], Guevara and Castro deplored together the army's
overthrow of Juan Peron in Argentina. To a great many Argentines his
ouster meant the end of a corrupt dictatorship and a gradual return
to representative democracy, but to the two young revolutionaries it
marked the end of what they perceived as an experiment in social
justice. Guevara complained to Hilda [his wife at the time] that the
people did not fight in the streets to defend Peron's Justicialismo,
a vague populism combined with a welfare state, was the beginning of
liberation from capitalism and "imperialism," even though Peron was
loudly ant--Communist. But he had enormous support among urban
workers, and he was anti-American. That was good enough for Guevara
and Castro: They saw the military revolution as "reactionary," and
Castro always remained pro-Pron, immune to the arbitrariness and
corruption of Peronismo. It was Peron who had funded Castro's trip to
Bogota in 1948 for the students' congress, and it was Peron who
financed the news agency for which Guevara now worked in Mexico.
Meanwhile, while planning the revolution with Fidel, Che Guevara
still found time in September to go to Veracruz to present a paper on
allergies to a scientific congress there.

p.s., unrelated but of interest:
Cuba always maintained diplomatic relations with both Spain during
the Franco dictatorship and the Vatican throughout its history.

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