And in other news, 2 feet of snow is predicted for the Hell metro area. No, really. It surprised me too.
From the Miami Herald:
Cuba’s official media and government representatives, reacting to speculation about Fidel Castro’s prognosis after a serious operation, said Tuesday afternoon that his recovery was underway and his demise was in no way imminent.
It goes on to elaborate that control over the nation was given over to Raul Castro, Fidel’s brother. It covers the reaction of the Cuban-American community in Florida rather well, however.
At the same time, top Cuban exile leaders in Miami urged dissidents inside Cuba to ignite a nationwide movement of civil disobedience to protest the succession of power.
”It’s time for the military not to shoot” at those who mount peaceful protests, said Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, R-Miami.
Speaking during a news conference in his Miami office, he said that the dissident community within Cuba has been appealing to exiles in South Florida and elsewhere to serve as its mouthpiece to promote passive resistance.
Castro’s regime is ”historically dead,” Diaz-Balart said, even if Castro is still alive after his emergency surgery for intestinal bleeding.
Diaz-Balart’s not exactly the awesomest congressman ever, but nonetheless I do share his sentiments in this instance.
I hope that Cubans take to the streets in their own country and protest the continued dictatorship and the undemocratic transfer of power. I hope they manage to institute real democracy, that they liberalize the country and establish freedom there.
Despite all that, I also very much hope that the American government does not get involved, and leaves Cuban sovereignty alone. To quote John Quincy Adams:
The United States goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is a well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own.