Che Guevara's son on Obama in Cuba: 'Maybe we can influence US in a positive way'
With wary optimism, the son of Ernesto “Che” Guevara is coming to grips with the visit to Havana this Sunday of a contemporary who just happens to be the leader of the world’s capitalist powerhouse.
Camilo Guevara – the eldest son of one of the Cuban revolution’s most famous figures – was born within a year of Barack Obama in the early 1960s, when Cuba and the US were starting one of the cold war’s most dangerous and enduring conflicts.
Guevara’s father was executed in Bolivia five years later. Today, in more peaceful but less triumphant times, he is dedicated to protecting Che’s legacy and ensuring that his father’s words – and not just his famous portrait – are remembered around the world.
But, like many in this island nation, he sees Obama’s imminent arrival as much a threat to that legacy as an opportunity.
“It’s a historic and very important visit. It’s the first time a US president will visit an independent Cuba,” Guevara tells the Guardian. “But the US is an empire. Their nature is not to set the table and invite you for a feast. History shows us that every time they set a table, you have to accept you might be poisoned or stabbed in the back. But let’s see.”