Monday, December 04, 2006

The ghost who walks

Fidel Castro may have been far too ill to make the expected appearance at the Plaza de la Revolucion over the weekend, but this hasn’t stopped the official Cuban media from pretending otherwise.

You see, the 80 year old dictator may not have been at the military parade in person but he was there. In spirit.

A ghost.

The most ridiculously sycophantic piece is a column by Jose Alejandro Rodriguez, a columnist with Juventud Rebelde, the newspaper of the Union of Communist Youth (UJC).

"I saw Fidel," Rodriguez writes, referring to the parade. "I saw his subtle but essential presence. I felt it, just like the spirit of those beings who never leave us, whose presence goes beyond the contingencies of nature, destiny or God."

Get the picture? Castro is immortal - and he is always watching.

Sounds more like an obituary to me.

Photo: Claudia Daut (Reuters)


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