Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Castro Cedes Power To Brother Rául

Fidel Castro, who took control of Cuba in 1959, rebuffed repeated U.S. attempts to oust him and survived communism’s demise almost everywhere else, temporarily relinquished his presidential powers to his brother Rául on Monday night due to ''an intestinal crisis'' that requires ''complicated surgery,'' according to a letter read on Cuban national television.

"Intestinal crisis" - I always knew he was full of shit.

Hopefully his prognosis will soon be upgraded to “died screaming in indescribable agony."

A couple of weeks ago the internet and Wall Street were reeling about a rumor that Cuban leader Fidel Castro had died. So far the news of his imminent death has been greatly exaggerated, but time will eventually catch up with him and his death will bring about the island's day of reckoning.

Castro has been in power for more than forty-seven years. He has ruled his island ruthlessly, seizing property and crushing dissent. He remains a Communist a generation after communism has been proven to be an enemy of freedom and progress.

The Bush administration has plans in place to aid post Castro Cuba. They just issued a new "Assistance for a Free Cuba" report, and the biggest emphasis is to help to promote democratic opportunity, to help promote an independent civil society that can form the basis of support for democracy later on when it's possible.

Fidel Castro will die some day. And when he does, Cuba will change.

All of this we know. What we don't know is what Cuba will be like after he dies. The fervent prayer of freedom lovers everywhere, and especially refugees from the Castro dictatorship, is that the next Cuba will be free, prosperous and peaceful.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Havana Knights said...

It is too early to celebrate and forget any changes under Raul's rule, if he dies, maybe some shy economic openings,but these will fall very short of the Chinese model and politically more of the same. We can still pray for that prosperous and peaceful Cuba you wrote of.

3/8/06 10:29  
Anonymous mre said...

Mike Lowell of the Boston Red Sox is of Cuban descent too. The lead sports story in that paper yesterday was of him stating that he hopes Fidel dies, as his Father died while imprisoned by Fidel.

Death to the dirty beard!

3/8/06 14:25  
Anonymous che_lives said...

Fidel is alive and well!

His people are dancing and celebrating his life! If they are sad it is because they haven't found a cure so that Fidel will be granted eternal life and rule Cuba forever yet.

Have to go now, busy packing.

3/8/06 14:29  
Anonymous Sharp As A Marble said...

I’m hoping to be joyously celebrating soon. Let’s hope his brother is easier to dispose of.

3/8/06 14:43  
Anonymous reverse_vampyr said...

May Satan grip Fidel's balls, squeeze his murdering soul out his cock and safely into the infernal one’s vestpocket forever. :)

3/8/06 15:47  
Anonymous Frank The Crank said...

Raul is far more rabidly anti-American than Fidel. I had a conversation with a buddy who was at Gitmo a while back, he related that one of their greatest concerns at the time was that Fidel might die and Raul would assume power. A Cuban attack on Guantanamo, with no quarter, was seen as inevitable.

I hope he dies a slow, lingering and painful death, but let’s pray for a twofer!

3/8/06 16:19  
Blogger Digital Fortress said...

I agree there will be little change if Rául takes over permanently. As you say perhaps some economic changes as China has done, but Venezuela may have something to say about it.

I'll toast to a twofer, anybody have a good recipe for mojitos?

3/8/06 23:14  

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