Fidel Castro was a Prime Minister of Cuba from 1959 to 1976 and then served as President from 1976 to 2008. Corruption signals may flash immediately, as politicians are rarely elected to such lengthy terms of service. Under Fidel Castro, Cuba essentially became a one-party socialist state, with all industry and Business nationalized. He was formerly imprisoned for a failed attack on the Moncada barracks in an attempt to fight the ruling right-wing government and adopted left anti-imperialist politics when he came to power. Castro was a self-proclaimed Marxist, Socialist and Leninist. He blamed poor living conditions in Cuba on the economic blockade from the U.S, and not due to his socialist policies. Castro died on the 25th of November, 2016. The cause of his death was not disclosed.
Fidel Castro Conspiracy Theories
1. Trudeau is Fidel’s son
One outlandish conspiracy which emerged in relation to Fidel Castro was that the Canadian Prime Minister was Castro’s son. The theory emerged after the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, described Castro as a larger than life leader and a remarkable figure. He also stated that he met the news of Castro’s death with “deep sorrow”. These are rather strange remarks for a violent dictator known for multiple cases of abuse of human rights. However, there is no concrete evidence to indicate any type of relationship between Castro and the Canadian Prime Minister.
Proponents of this theory have claimed that there are facial similarities between Castro and Justin Trudeau. It is also alleged that Trudeau’s mother had extramarital affairs with individuals in the Rolling Stones and US Senator Ted Kennedy. This nonverified piece of data is used as evidence by Fidel Castro Conspiracy theorists that because she potentially had relations with political figures, she must have had a relationship with Fidel Castro.
Other pieces of trivia are cited as evidence of a Fidel Castro Conspiracy. Fidel Castro was 6 feet 3 inches, Justin 6 feet 2 inches and Justin’s father 5 feet 8 inches. Fidel Castro attended the funeral of Pierre Trudeau. Margaret appreciated that Castro took an interest in her child upon the state visit.
While there may be truths in some conspiracies by and large the conspiracy group, suffer from a deficit of sound reasoning. While it is true that Margaret Trudeau referred to Castro as “a very warm and charming man”, to jump from this and say she had an affair with Castro is ludicrous. As with a number of conspiracies, it just consists of pieces of information which presented in a certain way could hint that it may be true. Upon further investigation it is unsubstantiated.
2. Operation Northwoods
Operation Northwoods was a government plan to start a war with Cuba by killing its own civilians and destroying military targets. The results of these acts of terrorism would then be blamed on Cuba which would justify an invasion. The basis for these claims is a document drafted by the US Department of Defense. This report is available online at the National Security Archive following an investigation by the John Francis Kennedy Assassination Records Review Board. Castro had at this time removed former Cuba Prime Minister Fulgencio Batista and allied Cuba with the Soviets. And after multiple assassination attempts, an economic blockade and the Bay of Pigs failure came a more extreme plan to
“place the United States in the apparent position of suffering defensible grievances from a rash and irresponsible government of Cuba and to develop an international image of a Cuban threat to peace in the Western Hemisphere”.
Proposal Four of the Memo gets very dark, suggesting a terror campaign against Cubans living in the States and outlines a plan to sink boats full of Cubans on route to Florida. It states that
“This plan….should be developed to to focus all efforts on a specific ultimate objective which would provide adequate justification for U.S military intervention. Such a plan would enable a logical build up of incidents to be combined with other seemingly unrelated events to camoflage the ultimate objective and to create the necessary impression of Cuban rashness and irresponsbility on a large scale, directed at other countries as well as the united states”
“Harassment plus deceptive actions to convince the Cubans of imminent invasion would be emphasisied. Our military posture throughout execution of the plan will allow a rapid change from exercise to intervention if Cuban response justifies. 2. A series of well coordinated incidents will be planned to take place in and around Guantanamo to give genuine appearance of being done by hostile Cuba forces.”
a. Incidents to establish a credible attack (not in chronological order)
- Start Rumours (many). Use clandestine radio
- Land friendly Cubans in uniform “over the fence” to stage an attack on the base.
- Capture Cuban(friendly) saboteurs inside the base.
- Start riots near the base main gates(friendly Cubans)
- Blow up ammunition inside the base
- Burn aircraft on air base
- Lob mortar shells from outside of base to base
- Capture assault teams approaching from the sea
- Capture militia group which storms the base
- Sabotage ship in harbor; large fires – naphthalene
- Conduct funerals for mock-victims (may be in lieu of 10)
Kennedy turned the proposal down, going against numerous high-ranking officials. The chilling document is available online at the National Security Archive and does propose acts of domestic terrorism and starting a campaign of terror against Cubans.
3. Castro hand in JFK Assassination
Another prominent Fidel Castro Conspiracy is that Castro had a hand in the assassination of John F Kennedy. A retired CIA officer claimed that the Cuban leader ordered intelligent officers to listen for news from Texas on the morning of the shooting. After the famous assassination of J.F.K official sources indicated that it was a communist sympathizer acting alone, Lee Harvey Oswald. Retired CIA official Brian Latell points in his book that Castro told officials to listen for “any little detail from Texas”. This is a first-hand account of what Latell states he heard. He (sensibly) makes no claim that Castro had a hand in the Assassination of J.F.K whatsoever, just that he heard that Castro asked for any news from Texas on the morning of the shooting. As Latell states in his book everything that he says is actually backed up by on the record sources. Latell also details in his book the efforts of the CIA to remove Castro, including poison pens and other booby traps. He also states that after J.F.K. was assassinated the efforts were called off.
4. US Economic Collapse
The fourth Conspiracy theory centers around the standard prophecy Conspiracy Theory. The recent death of Castro has revived interest in this prediction. “Prophet” John Johnson allegedly claimed in 1981 that after the death of Fidel Castro there would be a complete collapse of the U.S economy. This has actually sparked interest due to the election of Donald Trump, a probable collapse of the European Union as of the time of this writing and concerns about the global financial infrastructure and the global balance of power. He also claimed to have predicted the collapse of the Berlin Wall and that Russia would rise again after being knocked back by the U.S. He believes a devastating nuclear strike from the Soviets against New York City and a Chinese attack on the West Coast are imminent. He does not give any dates for his predictions; He just states that X will happen after Y. He does seem to have accurately predicted that Fidel Castro would die after the re-emergence of the Soviet Empire, but this is a rather vague prediction, and he has made many.
Fidel Castro is himself a conspiracy theorist. He is known to believe that the 9/11 attacks were an inside job. He also believes that the Bilderberg group is comprised of the world’s Elites whose main agenda is planetary depopulation and world domination.
It is also claimed that he was the victim of Assassination attempts by the CIA for decades, from explosive cigars to Thallium. This is plausible, as it makes sense that the CIA would try to get rid of Castro, what is more, surprising about this is that they didn’t actually get it done given a practically infinite amount of resources.
Castro was one of few people who managed to seriously upset the U.S.A. and die peacefully in his bed. He set up a socialist experiment and Allied Cuba with Russia, the greatest nemesis of the U.S. all in close proximity to the United States. He also defended the bay of pigs as commander against superior forces. On the other hand, he was also a violent dictator who sent many to death or prison and had little regards for basic human rights. A hero for some a villain for many, all depending on your point of view.