I do not feel that I know enough about Fidel Castro to be an expert on his life or how he ruled Cuba, but the little that I do currently know, I would not consider him a kind and caring man. With that in mind, some of the comments made by Fidel Castro in “Castro Announces the Revolution,” were shocking to me, since he tries to make the point that he cares for the people of Cuba and the revolution was set into motion for the benefit of the people, not an egotistical leader.
At the start of this story, Fidel Castro recalls images from his youth of revolutionaries carrying weapons and demanding that things were done their way. He speaks of the fear of being killed. Castro goes on to talk about how these revolutionaries always seem to have some egotistical goal. He then asks those that participated in the revolution with him to think about whether their goals were egotistical as well. His answer to that was, “But I know that in each one of us there was a real spirit of sacrifice” (Castro 341).
Castro also asks those that participated in the revolution with him to answer whether they intended to remove the power of one man to replace with another. He says that he hopes they did not plan to live like a king in a palace. He says that if that was the case, then the revolution would not have been worth it. We know now that is exactly what became of Castro – a powerful man that became the king figure that he so vehemently despised.
Castro praises the people of Cuba. “No general can do more than the people. No army can do more than the people.” (342) He comments that the people won the war. Without an army, tanks, planes or heavy guns, the people were “…able to win the battle for liberty.” (342) He states that the people were important. “The revolution does not serve my interests as a person, nor those of any other commander or captain. The interests the revolution...