Fidel v Che: Dawn of Justice?
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There is the story of Fidel Castro and Ché Guevara that should be in our history books. It’s not about glorifying one or the other, but it does a much better job of laying out how modern-day Cuba came to be. All we seem to know is that Fidel was a Commie dictator and tyrant. There is a lot of truth to the history book version. Just ask any Cuban dissident here in the US. But the Castro era is much more complicated than a simple generalization.

I learned about Che from his pre-Cuba campaign, where his brand of revolutionary was defined. I studied as much as I could about the man, his ideals, and the struggles he supported. He is the poster child of the Revolutionary/Terrorist dichotomy. How you see him depends on which side of the struggle you were on. He was much more than just a face on a t-shirt.

Ché Guevara
More than just a face on a t-shirt

Benicio del Toro does a worthwhile turn in a film biopic. Watch both parts.

From there, I learned about the dynamic relationship between Fidel and Che, where conflicting ideals polarized, and ultimately broke them apart. Fidel wanted the best for Cuba, even if many other Cubans had different ideas of what that should mean.

As an American, I cant support his suspension of democracy. As a disadvantaged minority, I have to appreciate his efforts to liberate those oppressed by the colonial majority. I see why some worship him, while others vilify him.

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