It was inevitable that Cuba would experience a revolution. Castro merely exploited this opportunity. To which extent Castro was responsible for the Cuban revolution.
Fidel Castro, throughout the Cuban revolution, and until today, is one of the greatest influences concerning Cuba, economically and socially. His contribution and leadership throughout the Cuban revolution, along with his commander in chief, Che Guevara, were the right and left rails guiding the train of revolution within Cuba. I will be arguing against the point conveyed concerning Castro exploiting the revolution as a means of opportunity. A case of with or without Castro does not exist, only the sheer commonality that without Castro, Cuba would till today, be occupied by the capitalistic and corrupted puppets deployed by the U.S.
"In 1953, Cuba was a corrupt country with a vastly unfair distribution of wealth. Since it's U.S aided 'liberation' from Spain in 1902 (and the induction of a constitution that gave the USA the right to change the Cuban government if it saw fit) a series of leaders had pushed the island deeper and deeper into a whirlpool of institutionalized corruption."(Alex
Leith, 'la revolucio'n starts here', BBC History Magazine (July, 2003), pp.12-16). Fidel Castro did not "exploit" the trial and tribulation of the Cuban populace post-revolution. Castro took the reigns of oppression and tamed the beast with compassion towards his people, and an undying will to see Cuba a better place. The word exploit means to use to one's advantage as according to the site dictionary.com and the oxford dictionary. (Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) ,http://dictionary.die.net/exploit ). Castro did not use the revolution to his advantage, he would suffer no personal gain in leading a revolution against Batista, Castro instead seeked to rise up against the oligarchy of Batista and overthrow American influence in Cuba.