In writing "Mojito", after reading just about everything available on the beard and his relationships, I came to the conclusion and wrote that he did all his possible opponents for leadership in. He seemed paranoid enough to never accept a potential challenger. Now, from one who was there, confirmation:
I do not forgive myself,” Carlos Franqui, emotional and angry with himself.
Franqui, 86, was alongside Fidel Castro in the Sierra Maestra, but was also the first to leave when he realized that the Revolution was taking a wrong turn. Franqui points to Camillo Cienfuegos, who in the Sierra Maestra "was the only one not to be afraid, very popular and who died under mysterious circumstances.”
“Of course all the stars that could obscure the star of Fidel came to a bad end.” The story of Che Guevara should be known: Maximo Leader let him go round to Bolivia to start an impossible revolution.
Less known to the Italians is the story of General Arnaldo Ochoa, as told by by Franqui. He was a hero of African wars (in the late 70's and most of the 80 Cubans fought in many countries of the Black Continent, particularly in Angola and Ethiopia, of course from the Soviet empire) and he dared speak directly to Mikhail Gorbachev in Russia, under the eye of Fidel. This was suspicious to the Commander, who feared being seen at home as a supporter of perestroika, which he viewed as the plague. And so shortly a mock trial was held at which Ochoa was convicted of drug trafficking and sentenced to be shot, and was executed very quickly. Besides, Fidel, as Franqui said, "was never a Communist, has always been only a Fidelista 'and that he understood very well that an attempt to reform communism would lead to the collapse of his system.
From Marcello Bussi: http://www.tellusfolio.it/index.php?prec=index.php&cmd=v&id=6177
Brian Lloyd French
I am a great admirer of the strength and talents of Cuban people and will share some of my experiences here.