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'''Fidel Castro''', ruler of Cuba from 1976 to 2008, came to power by a Soviet-backed military coup on January 1, 1959. Withdrawal of U.S. support from the ruling Batista regime, as well as general dissatisfaction among the Cuban intelligentsia, were contributing factors. Although Castro professed to offer equality in place of the inequity of the Batista government, within a year, executions and torture by his new regime caused world outcry. Castro seized U.S. holdings and investments, and the U.S. broke off relations with Cuba on January 3, 1961. Castro then proclaimed his alliance with the USSR and the Soviet bloc.
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[[File:Fidel Castro 1950s.jpg|thumb|Fidel Castro (1950s)]]
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In 1982 Purity and Astrea revealed that Fidel Castro was “one of the original Watchers.”  
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'''Fidel Castro''' (1926–2016), ruler of Cuba from 1976 to 2008, came to power by a Soviet-backed military coup on January 1, 1959. Withdrawal of U.S. support from the ruling Batista regime, as well as general dissatisfaction among the Cuban intelligentsia, were contributing factors. Although Castro professed to offer equality in place of the inequity of the Batista government, within a year, executions and torture by his new regime caused world outcry. Castro seized U.S. holdings and investments, and the U.S. broke off relations with Cuba on January 3, 1961. Castro then proclaimed his alliance with the USSR and the Soviet bloc.
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In 1982 [[Purity and Astrea]] revealed that Fidel Castro was “one of the original [[Watcher]]s.”  
    
== Soviet strategy in the Western Hemisphere ==
 
== Soviet strategy in the Western Hemisphere ==
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This was not a total loss for the Soviets, however. Marxist-Leninists had been using Latin America as a laboratory to refine their revolutionary technique. Unsuccessful Soviet efforts at subversion in Latin America in the 1930s and the Guatemalan affair yielded important lessons, the most important being how a Communist government in the Western Hemisphere could remain in power.
 
This was not a total loss for the Soviets, however. Marxist-Leninists had been using Latin America as a laboratory to refine their revolutionary technique. Unsuccessful Soviet efforts at subversion in Latin America in the 1930s and the Guatemalan affair yielded important lessons, the most important being how a Communist government in the Western Hemisphere could remain in power.
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[[File:CheyFidel.jpg|thumb|Che Guevara and Fidel Castro (1961)]]
    
== Revolution in Cuba ==
 
== Revolution in Cuba ==
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In 1958, the United States withdrew its support from Batista. Castro, using Soviet funds, bought off the leaders of Batista’s army. This, combined with popular support for Castro from the intellectual and working classes, demoralized the army. On January 1, 1959, Batista fled to the Dominican Republic and Castro seized control of Cuba.
 
In 1958, the United States withdrew its support from Batista. Castro, using Soviet funds, bought off the leaders of Batista’s army. This, combined with popular support for Castro from the intellectual and working classes, demoralized the army. On January 1, 1959, Batista fled to the Dominican Republic and Castro seized control of Cuba.
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[[File:919px-Fidel Castro - MATS Terminal Washington 1959.jpg|thumb|Fidel Castro in Washington, D.C. (April 15, 1959)]]
    
== Consolidating power ==
 
== Consolidating power ==
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The Communists had previously tried to establish a base in the Americas. They found they could gain, but not keep, power. But the Communists used the pre-Castro era in Latin America as a laboratory. They developed six principles for staying in power before Castro took control of Cuba. The six principles included: revolutionizing the masses, dependence on the Soviet Union, reliance on the United Nation instead of on the Organization of American States, establishment of a one-party Communist state, neutralization of the Church, and the replacement of the former army with a Red Army. From their previous experience they learned that only by having these six ingredients could they take and keep power in the Caribbean.  
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The Communists had previously tried to establish a base in the Americas. They found they could gain, but not keep, power. But the Communists used the pre-Castro era in Latin America as a laboratory. They developed six principles for staying in power before Castro took control of Cuba. The six principles included: revolutionizing the masses, dependence on the Soviet Union, reliance on the United Nations instead of on the Organization of American States, establishment of a one-party Communist state, neutralization of the Church, and the replacement of the former army with a Red Army. From their previous experience they learned that only by having these six ingredients could they take and keep power in the Caribbean.  
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Fidel Castro was the first to successfully apply these lessons. He also added a wrinkle of his own: he initially denied he was a Communist. In the late fifties, Castro persuaded the State Department, the American media and most of the Cuban democratic leaders that he would establish a democracy in Cuba.
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Fidel Castro was the first to successfully apply these lessons. He also added a wrinkle of his own: he initially denied he was a Communist. In the late fifties, Castro persuaded the State Department, the American media and most of the Cuban democratic leaders that he would establish a [[democracy]] in Cuba.
    
It was a ruse, however. In a 1986 interview with ''Le Figaro'' magazine, Castro made no effort to hide the fact that he intended to make Cuba a Communist state from the start, but concealed his goal for strategic purposes. Just weeks after taking power in January of 1959 Castro started building his dictatorship and exporting revolution to Panama, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, and Colombia.
 
It was a ruse, however. In a 1986 interview with ''Le Figaro'' magazine, Castro made no effort to hide the fact that he intended to make Cuba a Communist state from the start, but concealed his goal for strategic purposes. Just weeks after taking power in January of 1959 Castro started building his dictatorship and exporting revolution to Panama, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, and Colombia.
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The Bay of Pigs was a fiasco. Perhaps it was a planned fiasco. It’s not clear that the U.S. really tried to oust Castro. The Eisenhower Administration had given Cuban dictator Batista weapons to fight Castro. But through the CIA it also secretly gave funds to Castro to fight Batista. Were the CIA “blunders” at the Bay of Pigs really blunders? Or was it another case of managed conflict? We may never know.  
 
The Bay of Pigs was a fiasco. Perhaps it was a planned fiasco. It’s not clear that the U.S. really tried to oust Castro. The Eisenhower Administration had given Cuban dictator Batista weapons to fight Castro. But through the CIA it also secretly gave funds to Castro to fight Batista. Were the CIA “blunders” at the Bay of Pigs really blunders? Or was it another case of managed conflict? We may never know.  
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[[File:Castro-kruschev.jpg|thumb|Castro with Nikita Khruschev, head of the Soviet Union, in Havana (1961)]]
    
== The Cuban Missile Crisis ==
 
== The Cuban Missile Crisis ==
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The Bay of Pigs fiasco led to the Cuban missile crisis. In 1962, the Soviet Union built missile sites in Cuba and provided Castro’s army with troops, planes, and submarines. On October 22, 1962, President Kennedy served notice that the United States was willing to go to war in order to force the Soviets to remove missiles and troops threatening United States security.
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The Bay of Pigs fiasco led to the Cuban missile crisis. In 1962, the Soviet Union built missile sites in Cuba and provided Castro’s army with troops, planes, and submarines. On October 22, 1962, U.S. President John F. Kennedy served notice that the United States was willing to go to war in order to force the Soviets to remove missiles and troops threatening United States security.
    
The United States then established a blockade and confronted Soviet vessels with warships. Then, on November 20, 1962, President Kennedy lifted the blockade when Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev agreed to remove the missiles.
 
The United States then established a blockade and confronted Soviet vessels with warships. Then, on November 20, 1962, President Kennedy lifted the blockade when Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev agreed to remove the missiles.
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Castro’s tenure was more or less assured when the Soviets, as part of the overall settlement, secured a promise from U.S. president John F. Kennedy not to use military force to remove him. Each administration since then has honored this agreement, giving the Soviets license to turn Cuba into a forward base in the Western Hemisphere without fear of direct U.S. intervention.  
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Castro’s tenure was more or less assured when the Soviets, as part of the overall settlement, secured a promise from Kennedy not to use military force to remove him. Each administration since then has honored this agreement, giving the Soviets license to turn Cuba into a forward base in the Western Hemisphere without fear of direct U.S. intervention.  
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[[File:Bundesarchiv Bild 183-L0614-040, Berlin, Fidel Castro an der Grenze.jpg|thumb|Castro with members of the East German Politburo, Berlin (June 14, 1972)]]
    
== Exporting Communist revolution ==
 
== Exporting Communist revolution ==
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The consequences of Kennedy’s promise were numerous. Castro persecuted the Cuban people, was a key player in the drug trade<ref>For detailed information on Cuban involvement in the drug trade, see a lecture by Joseph D. Douglass, June 27, 1995, “The War on Drugs: What Caused the Problem and Why We Aren’t Winning”; and Joseph D. Douglass, ''Red Cocaine: The Drugging of America and the West'' (Atlanta: Clarion House, 1990).</ref> and exported Communist revolution and subversion in South America and the Caribbean. By 1965, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Columbia, Panama, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Mexico had been hit by Castro’s hit squads.
 
The consequences of Kennedy’s promise were numerous. Castro persecuted the Cuban people, was a key player in the drug trade<ref>For detailed information on Cuban involvement in the drug trade, see a lecture by Joseph D. Douglass, June 27, 1995, “The War on Drugs: What Caused the Problem and Why We Aren’t Winning”; and Joseph D. Douglass, ''Red Cocaine: The Drugging of America and the West'' (Atlanta: Clarion House, 1990).</ref> and exported Communist revolution and subversion in South America and the Caribbean. By 1965, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Columbia, Panama, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Mexico had been hit by Castro’s hit squads.
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At times, efforts for counterinsurgency were successful and the Communists were forced to reevaluate their strategy for revolutionary warfare. Based on the writings of such authors as Mao, Che Guevara, Carlos Marighella, and others, the Communists developed a strategy for starting, waging, and winning wars of national liberation, which they applied with singular success in Latin America.
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At times, efforts for counterinsurgency were successful and the Communists were forced to reevaluate their strategy for revolutionary warfare. Based on the writings of such authors as [[Mao Tse-tung|Mao]], Che Guevara, Carlos Marighella, and others, the Communists developed a strategy for starting, waging, and winning wars of national liberation, which they applied with singular success in Latin America.
    
The Soviet/Havana blueprint for take-over was highly detailed and intricate in its organization. In the final phase, Soviet and Cuban “advisors” took control of a new government’s operations and military. Internal security was tightened, and opposition disposed of. Then organized terror was coupled with a comprehensive program to direct every aspect of citizens’ lives toward the application of the six principles of retaining power.
 
The Soviet/Havana blueprint for take-over was highly detailed and intricate in its organization. In the final phase, Soviet and Cuban “advisors” took control of a new government’s operations and military. Internal security was tightened, and opposition disposed of. Then organized terror was coupled with a comprehensive program to direct every aspect of citizens’ lives toward the application of the six principles of retaining power.
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<blockquote>It is nearly three decades since Cuba’s liberation, and Cuba is still a one-crop economy. But the primary market for its sugar is now the Soviet Union instead of the United States. Along with this have come other economic differences as well. Cuba’s external debt is now ''200 times'' what it was when Fidel took power. And it would be far greater if the Communist ''caudillo'' had not mortgaged his country to his Soviet patron. So bankrupt is the economy Castro has created that it requires a Soviet subsidy of over $4 billion a year, one-quarter of the entire national income, to keep it afloat. Before the revolution, Cubans enjoyed the highest per-capita income in Latin America. Now they are economic prisoners of permanent rationing and chronic shortages in even the most basic necessities. The allotted rations tell a story in themselves: two pounds of meat per citizen per month; 20 percent less clothing than the allotment a decade earlier; and in rice, a basic staple of Cuba’s poor, ''half'' the yearly consumption under the old Batista regime.</blockquote>
 
<blockquote>It is nearly three decades since Cuba’s liberation, and Cuba is still a one-crop economy. But the primary market for its sugar is now the Soviet Union instead of the United States. Along with this have come other economic differences as well. Cuba’s external debt is now ''200 times'' what it was when Fidel took power. And it would be far greater if the Communist ''caudillo'' had not mortgaged his country to his Soviet patron. So bankrupt is the economy Castro has created that it requires a Soviet subsidy of over $4 billion a year, one-quarter of the entire national income, to keep it afloat. Before the revolution, Cubans enjoyed the highest per-capita income in Latin America. Now they are economic prisoners of permanent rationing and chronic shortages in even the most basic necessities. The allotted rations tell a story in themselves: two pounds of meat per citizen per month; 20 percent less clothing than the allotment a decade earlier; and in rice, a basic staple of Cuba’s poor, ''half'' the yearly consumption under the old Batista regime.</blockquote>
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<blockquote>The idea that Marxist revolution will mean economic benefit for the poor has proved to be the most deadly illusion of all. It is ''because'' Marxist economies ''cannot'' satisfy economic needs—not even at the levels of the miserably corrupt capitalisms of Batista and Somoza—that Marxist states require permanent repression to stifle unrest and permanent enemies to saddle with the blame.<ref>David Horowitz, “Nicaragua: A Speech to My Former Comrades on the Left,” Commentary, June 1, 1986. [https://www.commentarymagazine.com/articles/nicaragua-a-speech-to-my-former-comrades-on-the-left/ https://www.commentarymagazine.com/articles/nicaragua-a-speech-to-my-former-comrades-on-the-left/]</ref></blockquote>
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<blockquote>The idea that Marxist revolution will mean economic benefit for the poor has proved to be the most deadly illusion of all. It is ''because'' Marxist economies ''cannot'' satisfy economic needs—not even at the levels of the miserably corrupt capitalisms of Batista and Somoza—that Marxist states require permanent repression to stifle unrest and permanent enemies to saddle with the blame.<ref>David Horowitz, “Nicaragua: A Speech to My Former Comrades on the Left,” ''Commentary'', June 1, 1986. [https://www.commentarymagazine.com/articles/nicaragua-a-speech-to-my-former-comrades-on-the-left/ https://www.commentarymagazine.com/articles/nicaragua-a-speech-to-my-former-comrades-on-the-left/]</ref></blockquote>
    
== Legacy ==
 
== Legacy ==
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The roots of the terrorist movements of the 1970s can be traced to the writings of Marx, Engels, and Lenin and then to the application of their principles in the revolution spawned by Che Guevara and Fidel Castro in the 1950s. Guevara’s legacy to future terrorists is found in his message to the Tricontinental Conference in Havana in 1966:  
 
The roots of the terrorist movements of the 1970s can be traced to the writings of Marx, Engels, and Lenin and then to the application of their principles in the revolution spawned by Che Guevara and Fidel Castro in the 1950s. Guevara’s legacy to future terrorists is found in his message to the Tricontinental Conference in Havana in 1966:  
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<blockquote>We must above all keep our hatred alive and fan it to paroxysm; hate as a factor of struggle, intransigent hate of the enemy, hate that can push a human being beyond his natural limits and make him a cold, violent, selective, and effective killing-machine.</blockquote>
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<blockquote>We must above all keep our hatred alive and fan it to paroxysm; hate as a factor of struggle, intransigent hate of the enemy, hate that can push a human being beyond his natural limits and make him a cold, violent, selective, and effective killing-machine.<ref>Claire Sterling, ''The Terror Network: The Secret War of International Terrorism'' (New York: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1981), p. 8.</ref></blockquote>
    
The rise to power of Fidel Castro in Cuba in 1959, and his subsequent alliance with the Soviet Union, altered the geopolitical map of the Americas. That single event in 1959 was the significant turning point for the entire history of the [[I AM Race]] on planet Earth, because the Western Hemisphere is dedicated to the coming of the [[seventh root race]], to incoming lifewaves, and to a future golden age spreading across the entire planet.  
 
The rise to power of Fidel Castro in Cuba in 1959, and his subsequent alliance with the Soviet Union, altered the geopolitical map of the Americas. That single event in 1959 was the significant turning point for the entire history of the [[I AM Race]] on planet Earth, because the Western Hemisphere is dedicated to the coming of the [[seventh root race]], to incoming lifewaves, and to a future golden age spreading across the entire planet.  
    
To take away from people the free enterprise system is to destroy the soul’s potential for victory through free will. The economic system we live under has a lot to do with our spiritual path and if we make it on that path. If somebody is making all the economic decisions for you, you have no means for developing your mastery.  
 
To take away from people the free enterprise system is to destroy the soul’s potential for victory through free will. The economic system we live under has a lot to do with our spiritual path and if we make it on that path. If somebody is making all the economic decisions for you, you have no means for developing your mastery.  
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In a dictation given on January 2, 1982, the Elohim [[Purity and Astrea]] stated:
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[[File:Castro 2.jpg|thumb|Fidel Castro (September 26, 2003)]]
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== The strategies of the fallen ones ==
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In a dictation given on January 2, 1982, the Elohim Purity and Astrea stated:
    
<blockquote>We come to illustrate a planetary need, and also to illustrate that those entrusted with the torch of freedom to a dying world, even your representatives in this government, do not have the solution to the South American question or to “the Castro connection.”<ref>Refers to the connection between leftist guerrilla activity in Central America and Castro’s regime in Cuba. 1980 “NBC White Paper: The Castro Connection” exposes that (1) Cuba, as a Soviet surrogate, sends advisers and extensive military aid to leftists in Central America, and (2) the brutality and insensitivity of right-wing generals contributes to dissatisfaction among the masses, fomenting revolution. U.S. government officials were unable to offer viable solutions.</ref> We would call it “the dilemma of the Watchers and their godless creation.” But the people in general, not aware of the cause behind the effect, seem to name the enemy by the uniform or the doctrinal position of that one.</blockquote>
 
<blockquote>We come to illustrate a planetary need, and also to illustrate that those entrusted with the torch of freedom to a dying world, even your representatives in this government, do not have the solution to the South American question or to “the Castro connection.”<ref>Refers to the connection between leftist guerrilla activity in Central America and Castro’s regime in Cuba. 1980 “NBC White Paper: The Castro Connection” exposes that (1) Cuba, as a Soviet surrogate, sends advisers and extensive military aid to leftists in Central America, and (2) the brutality and insensitivity of right-wing generals contributes to dissatisfaction among the masses, fomenting revolution. U.S. government officials were unable to offer viable solutions.</ref> We would call it “the dilemma of the Watchers and their godless creation.” But the people in general, not aware of the cause behind the effect, seem to name the enemy by the uniform or the doctrinal position of that one.</blockquote>
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<blockquote>Blessed hearts, by now you surely know that they are positioned at all points of the circle—that circle being the antithesis of the circle of Light. The positioning of the hierarchy of God, as mighty [[seraphim]], on all the degrees of the circle of Life, is the point of the beginning of our consideration of the problems of Latin America.</blockquote>
 
<blockquote>Blessed hearts, by now you surely know that they are positioned at all points of the circle—that circle being the antithesis of the circle of Light. The positioning of the hierarchy of God, as mighty [[seraphim]], on all the degrees of the circle of Life, is the point of the beginning of our consideration of the problems of Latin America.</blockquote>
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<blockquote>In the first instance, all must be unprejudiced to realize that the Watchers, whose archetype is personified in Fidel Castro, have been among the oppressors of the people for centuries. Great are the crimes of the fallen ones in South America, for they have been the imitators of the path of Omega’s sons! They have placed themselves in positions of rightist royalty, decking themselves with honor, with gold and diamond and precious jewel, in imitation of the sons of God. They have anointed themselves kings and priests and allowed the little people to become impoverished.</blockquote>
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<blockquote>In the first instance, all must be unprejudiced to realize that the Watchers, whose archetype is personified in Fidel Castro, have been among the oppressors of the people for centuries. Great are the crimes of the fallen ones in South America, for they have been the imitators of the path of [[Omega]]’s sons! They have placed themselves in positions of rightist royalty, decking themselves with honor, with gold and diamond and precious jewel, in imitation of the sons of God. They have anointed themselves kings and priests and allowed the little people to become impoverished.</blockquote>
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<blockquote>Now, some of these little people are the dear hearts of [[Mother Mary]] and the creation, in the beginning, of Elohim. Others of the ignorant masses are a strain of mechanization man, formed by other [[Nephilim]] who also moved on this continent, as you have heard of their movement in the Middle East and on the African continent. Therefore, some are the godless, empty ones who are ready to follow a demagogue, ready to follow the Watcher, in whatever direction. Thus the Archdeceiver, in the person of the [[black magician]], comes along.</blockquote>
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<blockquote>Now, some of these little people are the dear hearts of [[Mother Mary]] and the creation, in the beginning, of [[Elohim]]. Others of the ignorant masses are a strain of [[mechanization man]], formed by other [[Nephilim]] who also moved on this continent, as you have heard of their movement in the Middle East and on the African continent. Therefore, some are the godless, empty ones who are ready to follow a demagogue, ready to follow the Watcher, in whatever direction. Thus the Archdeceiver, in the person of the [[black magician]], comes along.</blockquote>
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<blockquote>You must realize that those that are on the position of the circle in the rightist camp are other Nephilim gods, self-styled gods; and they are in competition with one another. By the rivalries and the competition of the fallen ones, we find them at the point of the extreme Right and the extreme Left—merely as a point of their own rhetoric, as a point of assembling the masses on their own side for their own personal self-aggrandizement! And no matter what they say or pursue, they do not have the fate of the people at heart.</blockquote>
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<blockquote>You must realize that those that are on the position of the circle in the rightist camp are other Nephilim gods, self-styled gods; and they are in competition with one another. By the rivalries and the competition of the fallen ones, we find them at the point of the extreme Right and the extreme Left—merely as a point of their own rhetoric, as a point of assembling the masses on their own side for their own personal self-aggrandizement! And no matter what they say or pursue, they do not have the fate of the people at heart.<ref>Purity and Astrea, “Let the Divine Solution Appear!” {{POWref|25|12|March 21, 1982}}</ref></blockquote>
    
The [[Great White Brotherhood]] has issued the fiat of Fidel Castro’s judgment. His judgment has already been decreed by the [[Karmic Board]]. This means that we must ratify it. We must ratify the judgment of the fallen ones no matter what camp they are in throughout Central America and the Caribbean.
 
The [[Great White Brotherhood]] has issued the fiat of Fidel Castro’s judgment. His judgment has already been decreed by the [[Karmic Board]]. This means that we must ratify it. We must ratify the judgment of the fallen ones no matter what camp they are in throughout Central America and the Caribbean.
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== Sources ==
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Compiled from the following sources:
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Lectures by Elizabeth Clare Prophet, July 4, 1982; November 2, 1983; June 22, 1986; July 13, 1986; February 18, 1991; July 4, 1991; July 4, 1992.
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Letter by Elizabeth Clare Prophet, August 15, 1987.
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Purity and Astrea, “Let the Divine Solution Appear!” {{POWref|25|12|, March 21, 1982}}
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