CHAPTER XIV
MEETINGS, CONVERSATIONS, AND NEGOTIATIONS

THE NERVOUSNESS OF the Chiefs, the conspiracies of the officers, and the anxiety manifested in the high military command made itself felt also in civil, religious, and economic spheres.

Industry and opportunity for work had expanded with a consequent reduction in unemployment. But the wanton destruction of production centers and communications which facilitated economic and commercial progress was unbelievable.

The Communists were already in action, secretly of course, and were transmitting instructions to the guerrillas. Material seized from the rebels several weeks before contained literature and directives based on the strategies of Mao Tse-tung, as well as Red symbols, including a flag of the Chinese People's Republic. We affirmed that Castro was a Communist, was an ally of communism and that he sympathized with the Soviets. Events have shown him to be a fellow traveler of the type which Mao Tse-tung, following the tactics of the old Bolshevik Party, advises should be used as the occasion arises, calling those used "our men."

I did not rest in seeking a peaceful solution to the problems. But it was difficult to achieve anything in that whirlwind of passion, hate, and selfishness, continually growing through the obstinate persistence of the rebel leader. He was the best advocate of Red tyranny, creating social frictions, enervating institutions, with the unwilling or intentional complicity of many political and social friends, in the deterioration of authority and in the

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