Thursday, August 02, 2007

He says potato ...

Under the characteristically modest headline of “The Eternal Flame”, Fidel Castro has written another one of his reflexiones to mark 12 months since he “temporarily” stepped down from office.

Actually, he calls this latest missive a "proclamation", which is as it should when you are a modern day Sun King and have absolute power over the life (and death) of your subjects.

Mind you, it's the same old, silly rant about how well things are going in Cuba, about Castro’s own, tireless struggle to save humanity, blah, blah, blah.

But there is also an interesting comment about relations with those evil, nasty Americans.

“No one should entertain the slightest illusion that the Empire, which carries the genes of its own destruction, will negotiate with Cuba,” Castro writes.

Which seems a complete contradiction to the “olive branch” supposedly offered to the US by his slightly younger brother, Raul, only five or so days ago.


Blogger rsnlk said...

Sun king, hehe. I like that.

11:51 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Louis XIV was, of course, an absolutist ruler, but he made France the leading country in Europe. Castro I took a thriving country, then among the top 3 in all of Latin America, and dragged it down to barely ahead of Haiti, if that. The analogy is hardly apt, except very partially.

12:21 am  
Blogger rsnlk said...

I understood the parallel was to the style of governing, as well as preening. But your point is well-taken.

1:26 am  

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