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Castro exports medicine instead of revolution (projectile vomit alert)
Reuters ^ | 08-03-06 | By Esteban Israel

Posted on 08/03/2006 1:05:49 PM PDT by oldleft

HAVANA, Aug 3 (Reuters) - For hundreds of thousands of poor people from the Andes to the Himalayas, the legacy of Cuba's ailing communist leader Fidel Castro will be not revolutionary war but eyesight.

For decades, the now ailing Castro, who temporarily handed over power to his brother Raul on Monday, prescribed armed revolution to cure the Third World's ills. But more recently he has preferred to export doctors to treat poor people in the undeveloped world.

The programs have expanded rapidly thanks to financial support from Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, leader of the world's eighth-largest oil producer and Castro's main ally.

Medical diplomacy is helping Cuba gain friends in its ideological battle with Washington. But at home, Cubans have mixed feelings about so many of their doctors going abroad. It has affected the free health-care system that once boasted a family doctor on every block.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Cuba; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: castro; communism; cuba; healthcare; socialism

1 posted on 08/03/2006 1:05:49 PM PDT by oldleft
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To: oldleft

And Mussolini made sure the trains ran on time.


2 posted on 08/03/2006 1:07:00 PM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: oldleft
Yeah. I guess to terribly, wonderfully compassionate Leftist morons, being able to see what you like is much more important than being able to think what you like.
3 posted on 08/03/2006 1:07:59 PM PDT by Reactionary (The Barking of the Native Moonbat is the Sound of Moral Nitwittery)
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To: oldleft
Because, God knows, the US has never helped anyone outside its borders compared to the dictator Castro. How many people has Fidel put into their graves, where no amount of medical aid would help?

If one were to write such a story for rooters, though, it would be about "Why isn't the US doing MORE?"

4 posted on 08/03/2006 1:08:25 PM PDT by Darkwolf377 (http://www.dansimmons.com/news/message/2006_04.htm)
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To: oldleft

I read a report somewhere recently that 1500 of 3000 of his exported "doctors" have DEFECTED since getting out of his hell hole.


5 posted on 08/03/2006 1:08:51 PM PDT by Moby Grape
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To: oldleft

Get ready for a lot of this.


6 posted on 08/03/2006 1:09:29 PM PDT by Skooz (Chastity prays for me, piety sings...Modesty hides my thighs in her wings...)
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To: oldleft

The sumbitch ain't dead yeat but the rush is on to re-write his legacy into St. Fidel.


7 posted on 08/03/2006 1:09:55 PM PDT by dirtboy
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To: oldleft

IIRC: Didn't some of the Cuban doctors in Venezuela and Bolivia run away?


8 posted on 08/03/2006 1:10:42 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (I'll have the duck with mango salsa.)
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To: oldleft

Why do the Left constantly praise the worst human rights violators in the world as being humanitarians?


9 posted on 08/03/2006 1:11:57 PM PDT by divine_moment_of_facts ("Liberals see what they believe... Conservatives believe what they see")
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To: oldleft; neverdem

"Every time you go to a clinic now there is a line of 30 people," one young man said. "There are no more family doctors, now there is a community doctor."
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lol, socialized medicine at its finest...


10 posted on 08/03/2006 1:12:34 PM PDT by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/Amnesty_From_Government.htm)
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To: traviskicks

"You there. You're going to help the poor in Honduras...but all your family will be staying here."


11 posted on 08/03/2006 1:13:35 PM PDT by 50sDad (ST3d: Real Star Trek 3d Chess: http://my.ohio.voyager.net/~abartmes/tactical.htm)
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To: oldleft

...for the eye opener...check this site out.."therealcuba.com"
...a photo essay of life in cuba...


Doogle


12 posted on 08/03/2006 1:15:21 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF...8th TFW...Ubon Thailand...408thMMS..."69"...Night Line Delivery...AMMO!!)
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To: oldleft

Most leftists seem to understand that Hitler was evil, but they just don't seem to understand that people like Stalin, Mao and Fidel are evil as well. Somehow it is acceptable to leftists when communists kill millions of their own citizens.


13 posted on 08/03/2006 1:16:39 PM PDT by TheDon (The Democratic Party is the party of TREASON!)
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To: oldleft

When Castro offered to send doctors to New Orleans, we should have taken him up on the offer so that the New Orleans residents could get a gander at how good Castro's doctors really are.


14 posted on 08/03/2006 1:16:40 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: oldleft

the left is fine with sending people to their maker as long as they are given equal grave sizes.


15 posted on 08/03/2006 1:16:48 PM PDT by vbmoneyspender
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To: Doogle

rueters will not go there.....too much explaining to do


Doogle


16 posted on 08/03/2006 1:17:10 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF...8th TFW...Ubon Thailand...408thMMS..."69"...Night Line Delivery...AMMO!!)
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To: Brilliant

And it would have given more Cuban doctors a chance to defect.


17 posted on 08/03/2006 1:17:41 PM PDT by TheDon (The Democratic Party is the party of TREASON!)
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To: oldleft

Of course. Cubans don't need doctors, cause they're already in his grip. The doctors are sent to some poor Latin American country in order to scrape some popular support there. Once that country falls to communism, the doctors are sent somewhere else. Socialist revolutionary diplomacy.


18 posted on 08/03/2006 1:31:34 PM PDT by sanchmo
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To: oldleft

As for all those who have been lucky enough to escape his putrid regime, they exported themselves...


19 posted on 08/03/2006 1:34:47 PM PDT by olderwiser
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To: oldleft
Socialist intellectuals will tell you that Cuba is a model nation: universal free health care, near total literacy, and essentially no gap whatsoever between the rich and the poor. They call it an island paradise where brotherhood and compassion reign in stark contrast to the brutal inequalities of the heartless and racist capitalist monster to the North, ruled by its Imperial Nazi King, who is the devious mastermind of all manner of Conspiratorial Wheels and is also a moron.

Capitalist intellectuals -– and there are not many, since most of these people have jobs -– argue that Cuba is a squalid, corrupt, poverty-ridden basket case, a land of oppression and secret police and torture chambers run by a megalomaniac who practices the most idiotic, inhuman and degrading economic system ever invented.

So here we sit in the chartroom, with our competing maps. What to think?

Well, ask yourself what it would take to give up your home, your country, your family and all your friends. Ask yourself how desperate you would have to be to sneak out in the night, and strap your family – your grandmother and infant son – to a collection of inner tubes lashed together and set out in the dark surf across 90 miles of shark-infested water in the dead of night, hoping against hope to make landfall. We can all agree, I think, that that kind of desperation could only be driven by a fairly passionate first-person opinion of such things. Surely this goes beyond what you or I would do to win a map argument at Starbucks.

So. Go up on deck, get out the telescope, and answer one simple question for me and for yourself:

Which way are the rafts headed?

--Bill Whittle, Eject! Eject! Eject!

20 posted on 08/03/2006 1:41:21 PM PDT by RichInOC (SATAN: COMO ESTAS FIDEL!! TODO SU ALMA ES PERTENECE A NOSOTROS. JA JA JA JA....)
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To: divine_moment_of_facts
Why do the Left constantly praise the worst human rights violators in the world as being humanitarians?

This isn't too difficult.
1. To criticise leftist human rights violators would be to criticize themselves since they are both leftists.
2. If they call them out for being human rights violators, then they would have to call for regime change and there would be one fewer leftist run country in the world. By extention, if some leftists are human rights violators, maybe Americans should't allow leftists to have power in the US.
3. The US is the only country on Earth be able to accomplish this regime change. This would make the US look good by having one less country that the left can point to and say, "The US should be more like them." The left can't allow the US to look good except when a leftist is running the country.
4. One more admission that a leftist got it wrong and failed to bring about the Socialist utopia they have been dreaming about for the last 100 years. If only the right people were in charge, socialism would work.

I could go on but you get the idea.

Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)

LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)

21 posted on 08/03/2006 1:57:30 PM PDT by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
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To: oldleft

Those "doctors" sure fought well in Angola.


22 posted on 08/03/2006 2:26:09 PM PDT by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: oldleft
Castro exports medicine instead of revolution

LOL, his nation is fill of cars from the 1930s and 40s... now why would he not be exporting revolution any longer? Hmmm, I wonder. Could it be because the Soviet Union went belly up and he ran out of financial backing to do so? For the record, Cuba is still a focus of anti-American fomentation. Political leaders from problematic states find it important to visit with Fidel to dicuss their shared hate of the U.S.

23 posted on 08/03/2006 2:28:44 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Bring your press credentials to Qana, for the world's most convincing terrorist street theater.)
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To: Impeach the Boy

Because their AA's got inserted backwards.


24 posted on 08/03/2006 5:04:26 PM PDT by Erasmus (<This page left intentionally vague>)
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