Is Fidel at death’s door, or will the bastard resume his reign over Cuba?
Cuban President Fidel Castro was undergoing intestinal surgery and provisionally handed over power in the Communist island nation to his younger brother Raul, according to a statement read on Cuban television Monday night.
Fidel Castro, 79, has led Cuba since a 1959 revolution. Raul Castro, 75, is the first vice president of the country, and as such, the designated successor to his brother.
Castro’s secretary, Carlos Balenciago, read a letter he said was from the president in which he said stress had forced him into surgery and that he would be in bed for several weeks after the operation was complete. Castro turns 80 on August 13.
Raul Castro also assumes control over the armed forces and the leadership of the Communist Party, according to the statement.
Last week, Fidel Castro joked that he had no plans to still hold power when he turns 100, Reuters reported.
It is probably not right in the Christian, Muslim, or Jewish faiths to pray for bad things to fall upon the ill. But of the over 6,000,000,000 people on Planet Earth, if there are 10 whom we should pray bad health to, Fidel Castro is one of them.
As an atheist, I face a similar crisis — Fidel does not deserve to become the same dust as good men do. No, this would be a fine time to have a belief in the concept of an eternal Hell.
From the original story, the following got me thinking in a slightly tangential manner:
Castro’s surgery came just weeks after a U.S. government report called for the United States to have assistance in Cuba within weeks of Castro’s death to support a transitional government and help move the country toward democracy.
The report was prepared by the Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba, an interagency group co-chaired by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, a Cuban-American.
President Bush created the commission in 2003 to “help hasten and ease Cuba’s democratic transition,” according to its Web site.
What if a democratic Cuba decided it wanted to try to become the 51st of the United States of America? I know it’s far-fetched for such an independently minded people, but … what if?