My interview with Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara

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I sat at the small Cuban café, nervously awaiting Che. After about ten minutes of waiting, my thoughts turned to worries. Was Che going to show? Was this the right place? Then a car pulled up and I watched as Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara got out. The first thing I noticed was how different he looked from his pictures. His hair was tame, and his face looked much kinder than I had expected. We greeted each other with a handshake, and quickly got down to business.

“Congratulations on being appointed commander of La Cabaña Fortress. How was the transition from being in active duty, to being commander of La Cabaña Fortress?” “Well,” said Che, “it’s nice to be able to relax all day, but it gets boring at times.” “What are you in charge of as of La Cabaña Fortress?” “I oversee the trials of most prisoners, as well as other official business,” “What does ‘Official Business’ include?” “Overseeing executions” “I see.

What are plans for the future?” “I have recently been made President of the National Bank of Cuba, and I plan on making a few changes.” “What about your military plans for the future?” “Because my wife, Aleida, is expecting, she does not want me to be involved in any further military actions, but Cuba is planning on future operations in Africa and Bolivia.” “Can you tell me anything about these plans?” “We have no official plans, but even if we did, I would not be allowed to say anything about them.” “I understand. You’re a busy man, so I’ll let you get going. But before you leave, could you tell me where you would personally like to see Cuba in the next ten years?” “I would like to see a socialist Cuba, with a strong workforce and a thriving economy.”