Tuesday, September 26, 2006

The Nation: FIDEL LIVES

If you are like me, and would like to see a change in the failed foreign policy toward Cuba of the Bush Administration, then you owe it to yourself to run to the nearest magazine store and buy the current issue of The Nation [October 9, 2006] to read the excellent article by Ned Sublette titled Fidel Lives and so does the Cuban Revolution.

It is, without a doubt, one of the best articles about Cuba written from a leftist perspective during the last twelve months.

Here are some excerpts:

"They really want him dead in Miami, where he is deeply hated in an extraordinarily personal way. For decades the headlines there have read: Castro will fall in six months. Castro has cancer. Castro has Parkinson's, he fainted, he's dying. He's turning 60, he's turning 70, he's turning 80"

"On December 31, 1958, Fulgencio Batista remained in the presidential palace in Havana as tanks slice through the lines of Fidel Castro's insurgent forces at Santa Clara, smashing them and killing 3,000. At least, that was the lead international story on the front page of the Chicago Tribune the following day. In reality, no such thing had happened. Batista had fled, leaving behind an empty treasury."

"Now is the time to strengthen the embargo, the Cuban-American right has insisted for decades, with the power of popular hatred at their backs and sacks of money to drive the point home. Squeeze Castro harder, and the regime will crumble. The rightful owners will return. Anyone who wants to do business in Cuba will have to talk to us. Our experts in Florida stand ready to show the Cubans how Freedom™™ and Democracy™ work. We will support our preferred electoral candidate with money, media and message. Our liberators will be welcomed with flowers by a greatful people."

JG: In your dreams!

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