Things look different from here.

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Raul Castro, left, with has his arm around second-in-command, Ernesto “Che” Guevara, in their Sierra de Cristal Mountain stronghold south of Havana, Cuba, during the Cuban revolution, 1958

 

Doing some research for a book, I came across this quote from J.F. Kennedy and think it’s an interesting example of how the strata of history can alter the way things look.

“I believe that there is no country in the world including any and all the countries under colonial domination, where economic colonization, humiliation and exploitation were worse than in Cuba, in part owing to my country’s policies during the Batista regime. I approved the proclamation which Fidel Castro made in the Sierra Maestra, when he justifiably called for justice and especially yearned to rid Cuba of corruption. I will even go further: to some extent it is as though Batista was the incarnation of a number of sins on the part of the United States. Now we shall have to pay for those sins. In the matter of the Batista regime, I am in agreement with the first Cuban revolutionaries. That is perfectly clear.”

— U.S. President John F. Kennedy, interview with Jean Daniel, 24 October 1963

JFK said this more than three years after the Castro regime had nationalized all U.S. property on the island, including my great uncle Marcus Clark’s livelihood at the time, a large sailboat he chartered out for cruises between Tampa and Havana.

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