Last Sunday, October 27th, Argentina elected Alberto Fernandez as its new president; he will take office on December 10th. Nonetheless, his triumph has not been the main focus of the media spotlight. Center stage is the return of the controversial and former president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner as his V.P.
Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner became the first female president of Argentina in 2007 succeeding her husband, Nestor Kirchner; she was re-elected for a second term. Together, The Kirchners became the power couple of the Judicialist Party, amassing twelve years in office from 2003 to 2015.
The center left elected government will face the challenge to steer the third largest economy in Latin America with inflation over 50%, US$100 billion in foreign debt, and more than 30% of its population in poverty, according to Argentinian media outlets.
The results of this election have sent shock waves across the markets. Why? Perhaps it is the phantom of Fidel Castro’s ideology that haunts Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.
I searched the web about this topic and found an incredible interview by Argentinian journalist and political columnist, Laura Di Marco. She sat down with the Cuban pioneer neurosurgeon, Dr. Hilda Molina, who fell in love with the 1959 Revolution at age 15, but later became its victim. (See full interview in Spanish.)
Dr. Molina, 77, says Fidel Castro seduced her generation to support a revolution that they didn’t need. She clarified that the pre-Castro Cuba was not in dire conditions, and neither was the United States’ back yard, as the dictator forcefully claimed.
After becoming a doctor, she traveled to Argelia in the 1980s. She established friendships with the best neuro-scientists in the world and while doing so, Dr. Molina discovered the regime’s betrayal.
Fidel Castro convinced her and the Cuban people that they had the best medicine in the world, but she found out that he had left them to die, stuck in the past.
Fully disenchanted, Dr. Molina committed her efforts to help her sick countrymen. She convinced her foreign colleagues to open a neurological center in Cuba known as CIREN, which she directed. This institution became the link between her and Fidel Castro, who found her worthy of his admiration and affection.
Although Dr. Molina rejected Castro’s romantic advances, she continued to meet with him and documented these meeting in diaries. She analyzed him and produced a psychological profile of the master mind.
In her own words, “Fidel Castro believed to be God. He was a narcissist, sociopath, and psychopath. An absolute tormented soul incapable to feel empathy for anybody.”
In the early 90’s, Fidel Castro admitted to Dr. Molina that the armed fight was a lost cause to perpetuate his ideals. Therefore, he was going to use the mechanism of the “silly” democracy to propel his followers into power throughout Latin America.
She says Castro started following the militant Hugo Chavez in 1992 after his failed coup d’etat against Venezuelan president, Carlos Andres Perez. Once Chavez was pardoned and freed from jail, Fidel Castro offered to finance his 1998 presidential campaign, which was the genesis of the Socialism of the Twenty-first Century.
Chavez became Castro’s prodigal political son and ruled Venezuela from 1999 until his death in 2013. At the same time, Chavez became the ideological gear behind the victories of Evo Morales in Bolivia in 2006, Rafael Correa in Ecuador in 2007, and Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner in Argentina the same year.
Dr. Molina finally quit her post as director of CIREN in 1994 and was forced into house arrest for the next fifteen years. She now lives in Argentina after several humanitarian efforts achieved her travel permit from Cuba.
My favorite part of the interview is Dr. Molina’s opinion about the followers of Fidel Castro around the world, whether they are poor or stars of Hollywood. She says they follow his ideology because they share the same resentment.
“They resent themselves, their lives, their country, even their own money. Their personalities are highly contradictory, and follow the ideals of the Socialism of the XXI Century: hate, power, and money.”
Fidel Castro is dead. But his movement of dividing with hate, and controlling the free thinking of the people to govern is very much alive.
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