He was extraordinarily brave and dedicated to his purpose, whether you agree with everything he did or not.
What a time it was, both frightening at times and exciting. I recall as a very young man what an exciting figure he was. Lots of young Americans admired him then.
The United States government threw just about everything they had – short of open war, which in those days it seemed to still have the desire to uphold appearances about – against him.
He survived in large part owing to the great loyalty of most of his supporters, a fact which is powerful testimony to the man’s leadership.
There is the suggestion, from what we know of some of the CIA plots, that there was an insider in Castro’s retinue who was secretly working with the CIA. We don’t know his name, and, for all we know, he was in fact a counterintelligence figure working for Castro.
Despite many efforts, the forces after Castro in the United States failed in attempt after attempt to kill him, but then they went after John Kennedy, who had more or less guaranteed Castro’s future to end the Cuban Missile Crisis, and killed him.
They even deliberately faked up the trail leading to Kennedy’s assassination with clues and hints which were intended to link Castro to the assassination, thus warranting an American invasion of Cuba after all.
It sure wasn’t poor little old Oswald, a man who actually liked Kennedy, doing any of that.
Who else still is not completely clear, but the crazed, fanatical Cuban refugees, trained and supplied by the CIA, along with some fanatical CIA guys working on the file have always seemed the strongest candidates to me.
Money for the plot undoubtedly came from the Mafia who had been working with the CIA in this dirty business and also were disillusioned with Kennedy.
That is of course the untold story of the Kennedy Assassination, an event which punctuates Castro’s early years much like a giant historical exclamation point.