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Posted on 08/01/2006 2:20:14 PM PDT by John David Powell
Fidel Castro: Cyber Deathwatch Begins on Internet
By John David Powell Aug. 1, 2006
The call from my friend Oscar came as I dozed in front of the television. Are you watching Univision or Telemundo? he asked.
I told him I was dozing, and asked him what was going on. He told me that the Spanish-language stations had just announced that Cubas Fidel Castro was undergoing surgery and had turned over power to his brother Raul.
Theyre already dancing in the streets in Miami. The old son-of-a-bitch may already be dead. Wasnt Stalin dead for a week before they told anyone?
Oscar and his family have been in this country for more than forty years, but his ties to Cuba remain strong, partly because he has family still in Havana. He remembers watching the Playa Girón, or Bay of Pigs, invasion from his apartment window. He retells stories of the installation of anti-aircraft guns on the top of his apartment building. On rare occasions, he shows the home movie he took as Castro and his band of thugs entered Havana.
He shares snippets of Cubas past, how Cuban women sold their jewelry to bail out a bankrupt Continental Army, how the Chinese played a major role in Cuban history and culture.
He has no patience for those he terms useful idiots who wear t-shirts bearing the face of Che Guevara, the cowardly murderer of children and the darling of the pretentious and ill-educated left. He ridicules those who speak in glowing terms about Cubas healthcare system, whose doctors are no more than paramedics or physician assistants. He politely endures stories from those who visit Cuba and boast about how much one can buy for a single Yankee dollar and ask if he ever went to the Buena Vista Social Club.
He longs for a return of the luster of the jewel of the Caribbean.
My friend Oscar is not alone. The Internet provides outlets for countless supporters of a free Cuba, millions of dreamers anxious in their wait to awake from their collective nightmare.
And today, the first day of August, just a week before Castros eightieth birthday, the blogosphere is afire with news and rumors, along with hope and speculation for Cubas next chapter. An Internet search narrowed for Cuba, Castro, and blogs returns 1.9 million hits.
The Blog for Cuba (http://blogforcuba.typepad.com) could be the blog of blogs, with links to more than sixty anti-Castro news and blog sites. Todays entry, While We Wait, includes photographs of death, destruction, and despair.
Abajo Fidel (www.abajofidel.blogspot.com) provides Internet radio links and scatological steam letting, along with Drudge-like headlines:
Medical advise from a reputable cuban gastro doctor from texas...Fidel castro may have had a gastric ulcer or bleeding through the colon area.. At at that age it is very difficult for him to survive but not impossible.. Even if he does survive he may have great additional complications......Developing......
Oscar frequents the Babalu Blog (www.babalublog.com). Todays posts provide no news but a lot of rumor:
As you can imagine, rumors are rampant right now within circles of the Cuban-American community. Ive heard that there was one person who witnessed the bearded bastard die personally. Of course, I cant cofirm the validity of that report. Nor, I suspect, will we be able to confirm any report of any kind regarding this issue. the Cuban government is holding all the cards on this right now. Im getting emails from folks who have been in contact with family in Cuba, most of which saying that there's an eerie silence in the island and most family members are apprehensive about discussing the events via telephone with family abroad for fear of reprisals.
The Real Cuba (www.therealcuba.com) takes a more traditional approach by providing video clips of the latest news and links to historic documents regarding Castro and the United States.
The Miami Herald is the defacto paper of record for news about Cuba. As expected from a professional news outlet, its blog (http://blogs.herald.com/cuban_connection) offers a journalistic approach to news and information, one that is not fueled by speculation, and therefore, much less entertaining, than, say Independent Sources (http://independentsources.com/2006/07/11/fidel-castro-dead/) that provides a picture of Daisy Fuentes laughing in the surf.
Such are Cubans as they live their lives while they wait for death.
John David Powell is a six-time winner of the Houston Press Club Lone Star Award for Internet Opinion Writing, a communication professional, and a contributor to the Christian History Project. His email address is email@example.com
Death Pool anyone?
They should see our coverage lol
I bet it's to much to hope for that Raul is better person than Fidel..............
The Franco Death Pool or a real one?
What's the over/under ?
The only thing that could make it better is, as the doctor puts him under he announces "I didn't stay at a Holiday Inn last night but I am an American military doctor".
About 1 1/2 hours ago our local radio station was reporting he was dead and that folks in Miami were honking horns in celebration. Fox has shown the honking. CNN says White House doesn't believe he's dead.
Don't think so.
Hopefully dictators will follow the Hollywood rule of 3 and two more of these guys will croak in short order.
I hope that the murdering bastard dies.
Someone needs to call Vegas.
An October Surprise for me - October 29, 2006
So if he dies. Fingers crossed. What next? Raul runs the show.
The people there have not risen up yet. We wont invade.
I hear there are plans. But what are they?
Raul carried out atrocities for Fidel. He was the stick to Fidel's carrot in some cases. He would be no better as far as I understand.
'E's pinin' for the fjords!
We can only hope he has bleeding passed on.