Castro Resigns, Cuba Handed to "Old Guard" Brother
The 50-year communist reign of Fidel Castro is over. The ailing dictator resigned and said in a letter to the Cuban people that they "can still count on cadres from the old guard" to carry on the Revolution. His brother Raul is now formally in power, though he has been the de facto ruler since the older Fidel has been seriously ill and under medical care. London's Times Online speculates that the sibling Castro, called 'The Prussian' for his "cold, efficient style," may move Cuba from the authoritarian Soviet-style communist model and adopt the new Chinese model of communism, one with 'less economic restraints but full political control.'
So long as brother Raul continues along the communist Cuban path, he is sure to draw praise from various American celebrity quarters, though hampered by a decidedly lacking level of charisma compared to his brother. Michelle Malkin has her usual rolling, updated page, which includes a list of laughable quotes from various public figures long-enamored with the Cuban dictatorship.
“Very selfless and moral. One of the world’s wisest men.” –Oliver Stone.
“Cuba’s Elvis.” –Dan Rather.
“Castro is at the same time the island, the men, the cattle, and the earth. He is the whole island.” –Jean Paul-Sartre.
“A dream come true!” –Naomi Campbell.
“If you believe in freedom, if you believe in justice, if you believe in democracy, you have no choice but to support Fidel Castro!” –Harry Belafonte.
“A genius.” –Jack Nicholson.
“Fidel, I love you. We both have beards. We both have power and want to use it for good purposes.” –Francis Ford Coppola.
“The first and greatest hero to appear in the world since the Second World War.” –Norman Mailer.
“Socialism works. I think Cuba might prove that.” –Chevy Chase.“Castro is an extraordinary man. He is warm and understanding and seems extremely humane.” –Gina Lollobrigida.
If only we could find so many American celebrities who think so highly and adoringly of their own country. Perhaps its the American health care system's inferiority. It is nonetheless amusing that Chevy Chase, one of my personal favorite comedians, confuses socialism - which can be found in France and Germany - with communism.
At any rate, President Bush is demanding democracy for Cuba as Castro exits. While he is right to do so, he most assuredly is not holding his breath waiting for a new dictator to surrender absolute power to the will of Cuba's people.