December 2016 Steel Notes Magazine Viva Fidel, Viva la Revolución, Viva Cuba, Hasta la Victoria Siempre. By © Guido Colacci 2016 Another one of my great heroes, the Commander In Chief, Revolutionary Icon and former president of Cuba Fidel Castro, died late last night in Havana at the age of 90. All honor to Cuba and the Cuban people there and what great people the Cubans are and what a Great leader Mr Fidel Castro was. He led his country in a very courageous and dignified way despite the intimidation, imposed economic starvation and death attempts by the USA government. He defined himself at home with his staunch belief that true socialism benefitted all people and abroad with his direct and often taunting defiance of Washington. In the end, he essentially won the political staring game. He never once gave in to the U.S. despite over 600+ assassination attempts on his life by th e CIA , Mafia and exiled disgruntled Cubans, and 50+ years of an economic embargo by the United States and its allies that left Cuba always struggling economically especially after the fall of Russia. And in 1961, the island nation fended off a CIA-backed invasion known as the Bay of Pigs. Also, rejected by President John Kennedy was the CIA Operation Northwoods, which was to disguise an American jet as a Cuban jet and have it attack a real American passenger airliner killing all the passengers and thus causing outrage and backlash against Cuba from everyone in the United States as in 9/11. For many like me, he was a champion of the poor who along with Ernesto "Che" Guevara made violent revolution a romanticized ideal, a symbol of liberation who overthrew a dictator and brought free education and health care to the masses. Hundreds of thousands of Cubans began fleeing north almost immediately after Castro's 1959 revolution as he started turning exuberantly capitalist Cuba into a socialist state. 120 Steel Notes Magazine www.steelnotesmagazine.com NOTE: The opinions expressed in this article are the author's own and do not reflect the view of Steel Notes Magazine.