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Thursday, February 21, 2008

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.

Images below are linked.

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.


At 21/2/08 1:34 pm, Anonymous USpace said...

Castro is human garbage who has killed thousands of Cubans in his failed pursuit of a communist paradise.

absurd thought -
God of the Universe says
Castro was BRILLIANT

like Marx, Lenin and Mao
he helped redefine EVIL

absurd thought -
God of the Universe says
celebrities are GUILTY

of having talent and luck
so they must praise dictators

absurd thought -
God of the Universe says
never admit you were wrong

Communism’s FANTASTIC
BEST false ideology

absurd thought -
God of the Universe says
keep your people poor

deny them decent health care
convince them they have it GREAT

Fidel Castro
murderous tyrant
- fools' hero

communist freedom killer
imprisons many poets...




At 21/2/08 1:55 pm, Anonymous TJ said...

Good website.

This part is particularly interesting


At 22/2/08 10:04 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thats nothing compared to what Reagan would have done there. Reagan, the murderer of thousands in the Americas.

At 22/2/08 10:36 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes Reagan would have personally shot every man, woman and child in Cuba. Far better to be murdered by the tee shirt revolutionary than by reaganbushitler.

At 22/2/08 11:02 am, Anonymous TJ said...

Funny how the left so often dismiss the crimes of their leaders with words such as "Thats nothing" or "It was necessary"...

At 22/2/08 12:22 pm, Anonymous deano said...

George Bush is the real villain here TJ. George Bush! Castro and Che Guevara needed to kill those people to create the socialist utopia. And those people were evil capitalists anyway. Evil!

At 22/2/08 4:18 pm, Anonymous Gregorio said...

Cuba up close
I visited Cuba in ‘99 to see what I could see. I saw no heroic posters of a monomaniacal dictator whose presence was muted if anything; I saw no squalor, I saw clean streets and smiling people willing to share or help me out (I am wheelchair bound, yet I went alone); I saw public transportation taking people to the fields and factories, people who were not in tatters though they were not obese either; I saw beautiful buildings and homes in need of paint and repair; I saw lots of old autos and motorcycles with sidecars; I saw lots of tourists from Italy, Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Spain and Canada; I saw unarmed police watching people who respected them because they were from the neighborhood and who called to them by their names (these police were helpful to me in a city without curb cutouts); I was treated gracefully by the docents at the Lenin Botanical Garden when I could not ride the tour bus, and one rode with me in a taxi showing me everything there.

At 22/2/08 8:01 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are they still imprisoning homosexuals there or have they stopped thatthey can earn vaulav\ble foreign exchange from sex tourists from Italy, Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Spain and Canada.

At 23/2/08 9:48 am, Anonymous Amigo said...

Don't tear up your ticket anonymous. You can still go, just avoid child molestation if you can:

In 1979, homosexual acts were removed from the Penal Code as a criminal offense, and it became formally legal for consenting adults, as occurred in Spain at the same time. However, "ostentatious displays of homosexuality" were still against the law, as were "homosexual acts in public places". And male homosexual acts with minors were more severely penalised than heterosexual acts of the same kind.

Those articles, however, were removed from the Penal Code in 1987, and persons convicted under these laws were released. Nevertheless, the age limit for minors remained higher (16 years) for homosexual acts. Offenses against this law may lead to five years' imprisonment and homosexual acts with boys younger than 14 may be sentenced with up to 20 years. Persons convicted of sexual offenses are also barred from teaching children or exercising authority over children.

At 28/2/08 8:03 pm, Anonymous USpace said...

TJ - Yes, that MurderedbyChe page is a good one.

To all the Castro fans out there I say this:
LOL! Propaganda is something you disagree with, right? Or is it just something you don't want to hear? Of course Castro and his useful idiots would call anything anti-Cuba to be propaganda.

Great Health Care in Cuba? That's a laugh, look at the facts, their health care system for the AVERAGE Cuban is a total scam, it is absolutely shameful. Their education may be good but at what price? The kids even as young as 7 or 8 have to show up for protests and rallies and get a card signed to prove to their teachers that they were there. If not, it goes on their record forever. They are taught how to use huge military weapons. They are taught and told to turn their parents in for speaking against the state in their homes.

There are so many Castro apologists out there it's just amazing. It's scary actually. They should but probably never will check the facts; he murdered thousands of his fellow citizens. Even if he had created a 'perfect' society, would executing and imprisoning and torturing thousands be acceptable? Of course not. And on top of that the health care of the regular people is ship shod at best.

Rarely is there any medicine, and if so it's usually expired drugs from Canada, not even aspirin is easy to come by. And also, you can only get aspirin by prescription, and they put the aspirin into little paper bags instead of little plastic bottles.

Don't blame the Embargo, there are plenty of other countries that can sell them drugs. The hospitals for regular people are filthy, roach infested hell-holes with feces and rusting equipment all over. Rich foreigners and Cuba's leaders get the nice hospitals.

97% of the people work for the government, the average wage is $19 a month. Yes. Even for the doctors. Many of whom work like slaves working on rich foreigners who pay less than they would in the USA to make BIG $$$ for Cuba Inc. Look at the pictures you can find all over the place, like at http://www.therealcuba.com

There are shortages of everything. LOOK AT THE PICTURES of stores for tourists and the ones for regular Cubans. Communism doesn't work, period. It does for ants and maybe robots but not people. A commune can work, but not communism.

Castro is total garbage who has killed, imprisoned and tortured (and we're not talking about just pouring water on people either) thousands of innocent Cubans in his failed pursuit of an unattainable communist paradise.

Btw, here's an article that you will really hate:

Breaking News: Psychiatrist finds that liberals are crazy!

But we still love you moon bats, we won't give up on you. Please get well soon!


absurd thought -
God of the Universe says
politics is religion

feeling is most important
thinking is not required

absurd thought -
God of the Universe says
claim to care for people

call yourself progressive
your policies hurt poor folk

absurd thought -
God of the Universe says
go ahead be dictator

just make sure to do it right
let your people make money

absurd thought -
God of the Universe thinks
keep trying communism

you can never KILL too much
pursuing Utopia...





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