There are few Western intellectuals who are still in Fidel Castro’s camp. And those who remain do not all stand alongside him for the same reasons. Some, like the German writer Günter Grass who is not a communist militant, apparently are persuaded by the schematic, simplistic vision of a poor island nation harassed and threatened by the power of the United States, to explain and justify the Cuban tyranny. Others, Mario Benedetti and Eduardo Galeano among them, take a classical third world angle, interwoven with Marxist analysis, anti-American sentiments, and misunderstanding of the economic and social conditions that cause poverty, inequality, and suffering among the people in Latin America.