|in 2011 photo: AP / Natacha Pisarenko|
Beginning in 1977, President James Earl Carter took steps to normalize relations with the dictatorship in Cuba while at the same time isolating the military junta in Argentina. Fidel Castro response was to embrace the Argentine regime at a time when thousands of Argentine leftists were being disappeared.
This embrace of the far right should not be a surprise. Formerly classified documents made public by the German intelligence service in November of 2012 reveal that Fidel Castro in the 1960s personally recruited former Nazi SS Waffen members to train Cuban troops and also reached out to Nazi operatives, Otto Ernst Remer and Ernst-Wilhelm Springer, in Germany's extreme right to purchase weapons.
Both the Argentine military junta and the Castro communist regime have a history of brutal and systematic human rights violations. The main difference between the two is that the Castro brothers are still in power killing people and have not had to answer for their crimes.
In the end both regimes, although ideologically opposed, were brought together by their common inhumanity for their political adversaries. In the end the means that they chose defined them more than the ends that they sought.