Saturday, August 05, 2006

Castro: Maybe Recovering, Probably Not Dead

Fidel Castro is reportedly recovering. Some creatures are just too evil to die.

In the meantime, the Cuban regime distracts attention from Castro's health crisis by declaring the U.S. is about to invade and calling up their military reserves. Castro's brother Raul still has not been seen since he accepted the temporary transfer of power.

The Washington Post carries a puff piece on Castro's Cuba which will likely prove utterly false once the decrepit Cuban regime falls apart, as has every other pro-communist story ever published by the mainstream media. An example of the writer's stupefying, Walter Duranty-like idiocy:

The White House frets over Mariel: The Sequel. The 1980 Mariel boatlift was certainly a spectacle -- a logistics nightmare in both countries. Yet, despite a six-month window of permission to leave Cuba and be received in the United States, only about 125,000 accepted the invitation. That was only about 1 percent of the population at the time. Hardly a mass exodus. Why would now be different?

One-percent in six months doesn't get the writer's attention? That's defining a failed state down. And it's not like the right to leave ended because people decided to stay. It ended because too many had already left.

If Cuba seems a happy place to this writer, it is most likely because Cubans don't trust the leftist Yankee with their true thoughts and feelings. I certainly wouldn't.

UPDATE: Just as I'm writing this post, Aleksander Boyd comes up with this.

Here's the test. My wife, who grew up the Soviet Union, informs me that when Brezhnev, Andropov, and Chernenko died, state television showed ballet day and night for days in a row, usually "Swan Lake". There were no announcements whatever. If Cuban broadcasting suddenly shows hour upon hour of Cuban ballet, then we'll know the old monster is really dead.

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