Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Live. But not in Havana.

I won’t bore you with details of Fidel Castro’s “surprise” telephone call to his friend Hugo Chavez during the Venezuelan president's live radio show in Caracas. You can read all about it here.

But one observation comes to mind.

Instead of taking Cubans into his confidence, Castro rings the head of state of another country to discuss his health and his supposed recovery. And he uses the opportunity to send a message to Cubans to “remain calm” and "be patient".

Now, the question is this: Why doesn’t Castro talk to his own people? Why doesn't he ring a radio station in Havana? After all, his regime controls all the media outlets on the island. Doesn’t he trust Cubans?

It’s bizarre, to say the least.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kissing up to Chavez and flattering his ego is a far greater priority for the Castro regime than the Cuban people. Chavez, or rather his oil and petrodollars, are critical for the Cuban regime's survival--which has always been its top priority. The Cuban people are like so much cattle or furniture, just things to be used.

8:48 am  
Blogger Luis M Garcia said...

Sadly, you may be right. Thanks for dropping by.

5:02 pm  

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