Fidel Castro's retirement - the Cuban perspective
Surveying some Cuban websites (all government-controlled of course) about Castro standing down you get the impression he is some sort of Confucious-type scientist-revolutionary philosopher-king. The websites are also heavy on nostalgia and the glories of the early revolution - which is quite telling about how they see themselves and what they want to project to the world.
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Cuba's problem was that in order to keep 100% control over everything the Cuban communists had to pretend that the revolution was not a single brief event, but a continuing process - a delicate process that would be derailed and reversed if they let that 100% control slip at any point. To be fair the US did try to invade them and no-one doubts that if the Americans could they would have gotten in and derailed the socialist objectives via their usual tactics of manipulation, threat, invasion, terrorism, assassination, bribery etc. But a revolution that lasts 49 years and still isn't over yet? And the Cuban military will make sure that revolution goes for another 49 years and more if they have their way.