Thursday, October 09, 2008

Crazy old men

It’s been obvious for some time – at least to this blogger - that Fidel Castro is losing the plot.

Even before ill health and a series of botched operations forced him to semi-retire from public life, it was obvious that the man who ruled Cuba for nearly five decades was becoming increasingly senile.

In the two or three years before he stepped down, Castro’s speeches became largely incoherent, he would lose concentration during public events, and often make quite outrageous comments and statements that would make his close advisers cringe ... if only they’d dare cringe in public.

Of course, we don’t get to see or hear the old dictator in public any more (be thankful for small mercies, I say), except through his written “reflections” or editorials, which are dutifully published by the official Cuban media, although no longer always on the front page.

And it’s quite clear that whether Castro writes them himself or whether they are produced by those around him on his instructions, these editorials are becoming increasingly more bizarre.

This is a view shared by Dr. Brian Latell, a Cuba analyst and author of the book, "After Fidel: The Inside Story of Castro’s Regime and Cuba’s Next Leader".

In this report, Dr Latell lists some of the more outlandish and obscure claims made by Castro in recent days, including allegations that the United States provided the old apartheid regime in South Africa with nuclear bombs during the 1970s to be used against Cuban troops in Angola.

Castro has also compared the recent hurricanes that devastated parts of the island with the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima, while also giving the impression that he had personally witnessed the bombing in 1945 in Japan.

Read the report here.

H/T Penultimos Dias.


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