Sunday, June 24, 2007

In the twilight zone

How is this for indulgence?

The ever-loyal Cuban media, which have been tightly controlled by the Castro regime for the best part of 50 years, have just published the latest "editorial" penned by the ailing 80-year-old dictator.

Surprisingly, this latest dispatch is not yet another barely coherent attack on George W Bush and those evil Americans across the Florida Straits. Or on ethanol.

Instead, it's a "reflection" by Castro on his own recent writings.

According to the Comandante en Jefe, he is torn between writing brief pieces and longer, more detailed opinions.

"This dilemma is, for me, a headache," he writes. "I am also concerned about the space they take up on the front pages of our newspapers, dearly needed to report on our nation's day-to-day events."

Luckily for everyone, Castro has the solution - as usual.

From now on, he will write some shorter items on some days and longer items on other days, depending on ... well, depending on how he feels.

As for where his writings will be published, Castro tells editors that they are free from now on to publish his longer editorials inside their papers if they so wish, rather than on the front page.

You think I am making this up, right? If only. Read the whole bizarre thing here and wonder at how anyone could take such absolute drivel seriously.


Blogger Henry Gomez said...

Shorter colums, being placed further and further back? I'm pretty sure this means something.

2:09 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, he is SO thoughtful, and so very, VERY modest, too! But then, hasn't he always been that way? I'm sure the Cuban people are waiting breathlessly for more of his in-depth reflections about things like Vietnam. Who needs to hear boring, depressing talk about the domestic problems that actually affect Cubans directly everyday? Any old functionary can do that (assuming he gets clearance from above beforehand, of course). Dear, self-effacing Fidel should really save himself for more (MUCH more) esoteric matters. Heaven knows the Cuban people need some sort of comic relief.

1:02 am  

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