Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Castro’s comrades

Even as he finally loosens his grip on power and moves out of center stage, his lapdogs in the media continue to try and airbrush his life and actions.

As some have speculated, CNN is sure that he can’t be dead!

Please say in our reporting that Castro stepped down in a letter he wrote to Granma (the communist party daily), as opposed to in a letter attributed to Fidel Castro. We have no reason to doubt he wrote his resignation letter, he has penned numerous articles over the past year and a half.”

If the letter could be “attributed” to Castro, what is stopping the numerous articles from being “attributed” to him as well? Anyone could have slapped his name on an article and had it run in the government controlled papers. A byline attributed to him is not proof of life. Just as a letter “attributed” to him is not proof of death. They just can not stop the spin, it is in their genetic makeup now.

Please note Fidel did bring social reforms to Cuba – namely free education and universal health care, and racial integration. in addition to being criticized for oppressing human rights and freedom of speech.

Oh nice, the free education and (questionable) universal health care more than make up for the evils of his dictatorship. What is a few political prisoners in the face of low illiteracy rates?

Also the Cuban government blames a lot of Cuba’s economic problems on the US embargo, and while that has caused some difficulties, (far less so than the collapse of the Soviet Union) the bulk of Cuba’s economic problems are due to Cuba’s failed economic polices. Some analysts would say the US embargo was a benefit to Castro politically – something to blame problems on, by what the Cubans call “the imperialist,” meddling in their affairs.

I blame the decline of American values on Hollywood and the teacher’s union and though I believe I am right, it may not be so. Just because Cuba blamed America for its economic problems, the rest of the world did not have an embargo. What, are we the only source of goods and services in the entire world?

While despised by some, he is seen as a revolutionary hero, especially with leftist in Latin America, for standing up to the United States.

Those Castro had killed and those still imprisoned could not be reached for comment.

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