Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Is Castro Dead?

Some sources are saying he is. Probably not -- but close to death? Very possibly. It was announced some months ago that he had either a kidney or a pancreatic tumor, the reports were unclear, and therefore not very reliable. But he has clearly had emergency gut surgery in the past day or two. For an 80 year old, this is not a good sign.

Fidel is a sad case of America gone bad. And I lay the reason directly at the feet of John Foster Dulles. When Fidel was fighting the absolutely corrupt dictator Batista, the US supported Batista. This was at mostly the urging of the gambling (read that as the Mafia) and sugar interests.

Fidel, we surmised, was just another one of those raggedy-assed guerillas and would collape at the first real fight. (Gee -- have you heard that one recently?). So, we were surprised when he marched into Havana and took over. Fidel did not hold it against us; after all, he won. He tried to make peace with Dulles on many occasions. He even came to the UN where Dulles refused to meet him and he said "screw you, if you arn't interested I know someone who is...".

Think of how the history of the last 45 years would be different if we had not snooted thru our nose because we either thought, or he was, at the time a communist. We could have lived with that.

On a personal note. Many years ago, when we manufactured magicians props, Muhammed Ali special ordered a small magic prop that was built the way he wanted it. I have a tape of him showing the magic trick to Fidel (poorly -- but Fidel acted amazed anyway), and then gave Fidel the little prop, (because he said he was Muslim and therefore could not decieve anyone).

What will happen at the passing of Fidel? At this stage of the game, who knows. But because there will be a power vacumn in Cuba, I can promise that we won't like it, no matter what, and the Bush administration is totally incompetent when it comes to dealing with problems like this.


Blogger The Libertarian Guy (tm) said...

Is Castro dead?

God, we can only hope.

7:08 AM, August 01, 2006  
Blogger John Stone said...

I doubt it Lib-guy. What follows could be far worse.

Cuba today is not a place I would want to live, but they have done some things far better than us. For instance, who would you guess has a lower infant mortality rate, the US or Cuba? Cuba ranks 7th, the US is 17th. This is because there is very good prenatal care in Cuba, in fact considering what they have to work with, their health care system is pretty darn good.

I wouldn't celebrate the death of Fidel yet. I would hold my breath and see if we can squeak thru it without it causeing major problems ... like about 2 million crazies from Miami reemmigrating back to Havana and setting up the Republican version of a "free-market" -- or worse.

7:26 AM, August 01, 2006  
Blogger The Libertarian Guy (tm) said...

Trading off freedom for lower infant mortality rates... that's a tough one.

At the very outside, let's hope their next despot isn't as cruel as their current one.

7:40 AM, August 01, 2006  
Blogger shak el said...

How about turning factories over to their workers and the farms to the farm laboring class? Elected workers and farmers councils to run the ecomomy. Denial of land and property claims to all those who went into exile (those who work the land should possess it against the claims of absentee owners).

10:28 PM, August 01, 2006  
Blogger John Stone said...

I am not sure where you might be going here shack el ...

I fthe workers took possession of the lands, or if you think that might be a bad idaa.

The first is pure communisism, which has never been done anywhere, for obvious reasons.

The exiles might ...and I emphasize might .. have aclaim for stuff that they abandoned years ago ... but if I were a smart lawyer I would argue either side of that case.

So ... explain farther what you are getting to ....

10:52 PM, August 01, 2006  
Blogger The Libertarian Guy (tm) said...

Where can I get a downloadable version of Castro taking the face-first dive? That was fun to watch!

8:18 AM, August 03, 2006  
Blogger John Stone said...

You are going to have to tip me off Lib-guy ... did he fall off a bicycle? Incidentally, one of your opponents from the 134th was on VD(J)'s show --- a guy named Collins?

What a goomba ......

8:39 AM, August 03, 2006  
Blogger MrsThurstonHowell said...

Late comment: when you read Human Rights Watch discussion of civil and human rights abuses in Cuba, the similarities to what is being perpetrated and condoned by the US govt today is interesting. Of course in some respects that is nothing new in the history of the US, it's just that there's a lot more of it close to home now. And now recently thanks to Bush, Cuban immigrants in the US are severely restricted from returning to Cuba to visit family etc and Bush wants to jail offenders.

10:20 PM, August 03, 2006  

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