by Carlos Alberto Montaner
Tres jóvenes norteamericanos, Chase B., Carl Z., and Ruoheng Z., me hacen varias preguntas sobre la Crisis de los Misiles. Creo que vale la pena responderlas.
1. How do you think the Cold war would have turned out if the Cuban Missile Crisis never happened?
The outcome of the Missile Crisis served to buttress the Cuban dictatorship to the extent that the United States pledged not to invade Cuba in exchange for the withdrawal of the atomic weapons. But that crisis brought us so close to World War III and the possible destruction of the world that, from that time on, both Washington and Moscow acted with much greater care.
2. How do you think Fidel Castro’s character had an impact on the Cuban Revolution and subsequent alliance with the USSR?
Batista would have fallen with Fidel Castro or without him, but only Fidel had the cunning, the leadership and the lack of scruples that were needed to drag the island to the communist side and make it a participant in the Cold War. Without Fidel, the revolution would not have been communistic. It was his decision, with the aid of a small group of his followers, basically Raúl and Che.