Former Cuban President Fidel Castro, who led an army of rebels to improbable triumph, hugged Soviet-style communism transforming the Cuba into a communist state and dared the power of 10 US presidents during his half-century regime, died at age 90. Fidel Castro steered Cuba for five decades and was the world’s third longest-serving head of a nation, after Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and the King of Thailand.
Time Magazine had named him as one of the 100 most influential personalities of all time, in 2012. He defied the death planted by his enemies for long 90 years, as he survived 634 murderous attempts by CIA and US that included – chemically modified swim suit, a toxic cigar and a weird beard shedding powder. Here are 7 revolutionary quotes by the legend that prove he was a born badass:
10 Revolutionary Quotes by The Legend Fidel Castro
Fidel Castro holds the record for the longest speech ever delivered to the United Nations: 4 hours and 29 minutes, on Sept. 26, 1960, according to the U.N. website. One of his longest speeches on record lasted 7 hours and 30 minutes on Feb. 24, 1998, after the national assembly re-elected him to a five-year term as president.
Castro overcame bondage at the hands of dictator Fulgencio Batista, exile in Mexico and a destructive start to his revolution before triumphantly riding into Havana in January 1959 to become, at age 32, the youngest leader in Latin America.
Despite the several murderous plots, a U.S.-backed exile invasion at the Bay of Pigs and five decades of economic sanctions, Castro outlasted ten U.S. presidents.
Castro had nine children from five women. His eldest son Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart, who is the likeness of his father and is known as Fidelito, is a Soviet-trained nuclear scientist.
Castro’s devotion to Communism was unwavering, though his influence finally began to fade in mid-2006 when a gastrointestinal disease forced him to hand over the presidency to Raul in 2008, conditionally at first and then permanently.
After his triumph, Castro remained Cuba’s autocratic political figure for nearly 50 years. He easily smashed the fruitless U.S. effort to oust him at the Bay of Pigs, took the world to the brink of nuclear war in 1962 when he accepted Soviet nuclear missiles and endeavored to export communism around the world by supporting communist regimes and insurgencies in Angola, Chile, Nicaragua, and elsewhere.
Castro’s obsession with Cuban cigars is a well-known fact but he gave them up in 1985. Years later he summed up the evil of smoking tobacco by saying: “The best thing you can do with this box of cigars is give them to your enemy.”