Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Castro Resigns!

An historic moment unfolds. Story from Reuters:

Ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro said on Tuesday that he will not
return to lead the country as president or commander-in-chief, retiring as head
of state 49 years after he seized power in an armed revolution...

"To my
dear compatriots, who gave me the immense honor in recent days of electing me a
member of parliament ... I communicate to you that I will not aspire to or
accept -- I repeat not aspire to or accept -- the positions of President of
Council of State and Commander in Chief," Castro said in the statement published
on the Web site of the Communist Party's Granma newspaper.

So what can the long-suffering Cubans now expect: more of the same from Brother Raul, political reforms, or an even more brutal dictator? Time can only tell. What's so sad, is the fact that the US could easily intervene to topple these brutal dictators, and end the suffering, torture, starvation, and privation such Third World countries must endure, as it seems nearly impossible to get rid of a tyrant once he gains control. Yet, then would our good intentions be construed by the liberal-dominated Western Media as an attempt to create an empire, or take whatever wealth the oppressed nation might possess for our own.
Update: I love this quote by Ed Morrissey "George Bush gets to be the President that says adios to Fidel..."
And John McCain calls for Cuba to "release all political prisoners unconditionally".