To some Fidel Castro was a revolutionary hero who beat back American imperialists from the shores of Cuba.
To others a ruthless dictator who suppressed human rights and brought the world to the brink of nuclear war.
But there’s no doubting one clear success the late Castro achieved in his 90 years – not being killed despite an orgy of American assassination plots.
For the US, having a Communist dictatorship just south of Florida which, at one point, served as a launching point for nuclear missiles designed to hit American cities, was just not on. By means fair or foul, they wanted rid of him.
A 1975 investigation by the US Senate, called the Church Committee, found that between Castro’s rise to power in 1959 and 1965 the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) tried to kill the Cuban leader at least eight times.
However, some claim the assassination attempts were far more numerous. Fabian Escalante, who headed up Cuba’s secret service, estimated there had been a staggering 634 attempts on Castro’s life.