Welcome to the discussion thread for the story, Bacardi’s Head Honcho Once Tried to Bomb Castro’s Cuba. You can share your comments and thoughts about the story in the conversation below.
Writing to express my disappointment in your October 31, 2019 article “[Bacardi’s Head Honcho Once Tried to Bomb Castro’s Cuba]” that sought to paint the history of the Bacardi family in a negative slant, and uses the slanders of the Castro dictatorship against the courageous volunteers who risked life and limb in April of 1961 when they tried to free their homeland from communist rule.
Two generations of the Bacardi family fought for Cuban independence with one family member fighting alongside General Antonio Maceo. During the Republic the family not only had enlightened business practices, but also engaged in civic activities that promoted a democratic culture. It is not an understatement to say that to understand Cuban history one must know the role played by the Bacardis.
The Bacardi family tradition, which you make light of in your essay, is one of public service and steadfast defense of democracy against tyranny that stretches back 151 years. Each time that dictatorship arose in Cuba under Machado (1927-1933), Batista (1952-1959) and the Castros (1959-present) the Bacardis played an important role in the democratic resistance.
This comment is not meant to attack you, the author, or your publication, but express the disappointment and anguish that such a well written article would regurgitate talking points of a six decade old dictatorship. It also serves to provide links and videos that present a factual history that too many have overlooked.
Pray that you revisit this history and take a closer look at Cuba’s democratic tradition and give it a fairer shake.