As Cuban-Americans in Miami raucously celebrated the longest-ruling Communist despot finally croaking, President Barack Obama, with his typical ignorant political claptrap, offered a nuanced thought and claimed Fidel Castro’s true character awaits historical determination.
But somebody who saw the world’s longest ruling Communist up close and personal for nearly 20 years already reached his verdict: Castro was a womanizing plutocrat. So ruthless that in the 1980s, he arranged the execution of an accomplished Cuban military leader to appease international critics and even threatened his own brother Raul with a similar fate.
The New York Post today cites these fascinating revelations from the little-noticed recent 2015 memoir by Juan Renaldo Sanchez, who served for 17 years as Castro’s bodyguard before breaking ranks.
Recounting his book, The Double Lives of Fidel Castro, reporter Laura Italiano says Castro “made a fortune offering safe haven to drug traffickers, bedded a bevy of women over the decades.”