I sat at the small Cuban cafÃÂÃÂ©, 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 ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂCheÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ 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.
ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂCongratulations on being appointed commander of La CabaÃÂÃÂ±a Fortress. How was the transition from being in active duty, to being commander of La CabaÃÂÃÂ±a Fortress?ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂWell,ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ said Che, ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂitÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂs nice to be able to relax all day, but it gets boring at times.ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂWhat are you in charge of as of La CabaÃÂÃÂ±a Fortress?ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂI oversee the trials of most prisoners, as well as other official business,ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂWhat does ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂOfficial BusinessÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ include?ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂOverseeing executionsÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂI see.
What are plans for the future?ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂI have recently been made President of the National Bank of Cuba, and I plan on making a few changes.ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂWhat about your military plans for the future?ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂBecause 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.ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂCan you tell me anything about these plans?ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂWe have no official plans, but even if we did, I would not be allowed to say anything about them.ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂI understand. YouÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂre a busy man, so IÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂll 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?ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂI would like to see a socialist Cuba, with a strong workforce and a thriving economy.ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ