Yo Quiero Raul!

by Ryan on July 31, 2006

in Politics

Fidel, everyone’s favorite dictator, had to undergo surgery for “stress” and temporarily reliquished his powers to Raul, the brother of Fidel. Fidel is getting old. Even his younger brother Raul is 75. Is this a sign that the regime’s end could be near? Raul talks a good totalitarian game, but will he play like Castro.

In my opinion Fidel himself is subject to the biggest and most deserved grudges that the US government has probably ever had aginst one individual this long. He has sucked since 1959. Opening Cuba up to American business again will not happen while he is there. Cuba relaxing its oppressive political policies cannot happen while Fidel is there, either. When have totalitarian communist dictators ever been cool?

I just think that when Raul takes over for good (or his successor) Cuba will start to relax. We’ll bring back the casinos, the tourists, the oil companies, and enjoy that warm Caribbean island once again.

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rightonoz August 1, 2006 at 6:36 pm

You’ll have to educate me a little further on this one as to why the vehement focus on this one marginalised dictator. To the rest of the world he’s just another irrelevant dictator and we try as much as possible to aid the Cuban people with targeted aid (medical etc)

OK Communism.. had that appeal in the 60′s and all that trash. There are only 5 communist countries left, give it a little time and communism will disappear completely. (Well China may be the exception)

To the rest of the world it was a case of one bully dictator overthrowing another bully dictator. The only difference, the overthrown one let the Mafia and anyone else in organised crime run whore houses, drug dens and casino’s as long as he and his cronies received a cut.

Castro siezed mainly US owned property but also some UK and other(as did many other nationalist dictators)

I can only put the vehemence down to the 90 mile separation with the missile crisis probably adding focus.

While I believe it’s long overdue for some change to democracy remember it may not be the type of democracy the US might like – just look a little further south for examples. Do you want a Chavez on your doorstep? Castro may by a dictator, but at least he is reasonably consistent and easly marginalised.

Do you want a return to the Batista days when any crim with a few dollars and muscle could set up whore houses and drug dens?

At the end of the day I believe the only reason that Castro survived is that he initially offered something many Cuban’s thought they would get, a fairer system to replace one where crime was endemic and the only people getting rich were Batista and his cronies, that unfortunately included an overwhwelming US criminal element.

No slight to the US, just your crims were a lot closer than any others so got to take advantage of the closeness.

When he does go and IF the opportunity arises it will need a very generous US no strings approach to lessen the appeal of the type of ‘democratic’leaders currently winning in South America. I’m fairly certain that any attempt to pressure for particularly US friendly government or demands for the return of previously US owned property etc will have exactly the opposite effect than desired.

This is my summation from my reading of history – Anything I/the rest of us outside the US are missing?


rightonoz August 2, 2006 at 3:14 am

Just an additional note, saw something today that estimated Castro’s personal fortune at approx $US900M

Not bad for a poor revolutionary who believes in ‘from each according to their ability, to each according to their need’.

I could really do a dose of that sort of need!


Ryan August 2, 2006 at 10:06 am

Good summation. I think that siezing the US property in 1959-1960 irked Eisenhower and the CIA, that led to the failed Bay of Pigs invasion and a continued flight of pro-Bastista folks into south Florida. Aminous from that led to the Cuban missile crisis. The CIA had continuously tried to take Castro out until the 1970s when Congress passed a ban on taking out world leaders. That’s went Castro opened his prisons and let them float over to Florida.

It’s a grudge that’s never left, even after the Cold War ended. One day it will, but I don’t think we’ll install another Bastista. I think the Cubans, with some help, will learn self-rule and make their own decisions about trade and foreign affairs.


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