In every barrio, a monument
Well, you would be wrong.
Fidel Castro and his regime may be moribund but it seems there is no shortage of dopes (and their dopey ideas) in Havana.
You know, the same imbeciles who dreamt up the production of giant pineapples, the breeding programs for super-cows, “voluntary” work that was never voluntary, and that greatest of all revolutionary failures, the 10 million sugar harvest of 1969-70.
Now, they have come up with a new idea – the Mi Aporte por la Patria campaign, which translates roughly as “doing my bit for the homeland”.
According to today’s official media, the campaign is the brainchild of the executive of the Committees for the Defence of the Revolution (CDR), the neighbourhood spy network set up in the early 1960s by Castro in every city, town and village in Cuba.
The CDRs, which claim to have eight million “members”, is calling on all Cubans to “donate” copper items, jewellery and artifacts.
The copper will be melted and then used to erect what are described as “revolutionary” monuments along the length and breadth of the island, highlighting Cuba’s “great socialist achievements” and its “continual struggles” against “the Empire”.
The head of the CRDs, Ileana Urrusuno, told the media that the monuments would be a kind of legacy for future generations of the country’s “battles” with and victories against those nasty, evil Americans across the Straits of Florida.
In other words, monuments to Castro.
Which begs the question: perhaps he is dead after all?