Wednesday, 20 February 2008


So, old Fidel Castro has stood down as President of Cuba after 49 years. Ever since 1959, he has been the ultimate revolutionary. Yet, isn’t it ironic that, since that date, there has been no revolution in politics in Cuba?
So much for revolutionary. More like power hunger to me. But he did provide quite a bit of entertainment. With communists close to the shore of America, the odd missile crisis, invasion and threats of exploding cigars, he did more than anyone else to make the CIA look more like the Keystone Cops.
But of most interest in his retirement was media reportage. I particularly liked the UK’s TV news. BBC News (left wing) had a journalist in Cuba openly reporting and asking questions. ITN (right wing) had theirs skulking in the shadows, evading the secret police and clandestinely interviewing people at their risk.

© Anthony North, February 2008


Richard said...

Fidel. I was 13 yrs old when the Beards entered Havana, and Fidel gave an interview to Edward R. Murrow from his suite in the (what is now) the Hotel Nacional. I was quite taken, but then came the show trials and executions in the ball park, and before we had time to sort things out the poets were being jailed. Fidel turned out to be a two-bit dictator, albiet a long-lived one. And now, Raul -his 76 year old kid brother... Stalin would be proud.

anthonynorth said...

Hi Richard,
Over the years I've had to listen to many left-wingers in the UK idolize dictators like Castro, and those in the old Soviet Union.
I've no problem with free speech, and they had every right to say what they wanted. But the naivety stuck in the back of my throat.

Lilibeth said...

When I was a little girl, living in Cuernavaca, Mexico, I remember being visited by a family of Cubans who had just fled. One of the teen-aged girls in that family had been shot in the back of the leg. Anyone working with the refugees from a Communist nation suffers no illusions as to the real nature of this "high-sounding" but vain philosophy.

As a side note, our next door neighbors had lost all their families in the holocaust under Hitler's socialism. Today Facism is portrayed as "right-wing"

However you label it doesn't change the fact that brutal totalitarianism needs no accolades; those who promote it have their heads in the clouds--the clouds of some nation where freedom of speech doesn't screen out idiots.

anthonynorth said...

Hi Lilibeth,
I couldn't agree with you more. Except I would label fascism as 'extreme' right wing. Technically, capitalism itself is right wing. The infamy is in the extreme.