Fidel Castro Temporarily Relinquishes Power

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.

Stuart Richards

Stuart Richards is a 26-year-old land surveyor based out of Portland, OR. He is a left-leaning geolibertarian and (theologically) liberal Christian, and has been blogging on and other libertarian sites since 2004.

  1. Stuart,

    It seems a little odd to me that you would proclaim your hopes for Cuba to “institute real democracy” in one breath and quote John Quincy Adams in the next, especially considering one of his other quotes:

    “Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.”

  2. Dauntless — the greatest part of not using someone else’s ideas as your own ideology is that you get to piecemeal the hell out of their quotations. :)

  3. “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.” Yeah, right. I like science fiction too!

  4. Unfortunately, it is not the Cubans in Cuba who are likely to take to the streets–only the Cubans in Miami,who are “celebrating” this passage of power as if it actually signifies anything on the road to freedom for their ex-countrymen.

  5. True enough the Cubans in Cuba will most likely not rebel… then again wouldn’t it be nice if we could have the ‘cotton’ veil lifted from in front of us so we could see how it really is in Cuba? Seen many Cuban *refugees* in the last years? Plenty of haitians…

    Are the people unhappy!?

  6. I really don’t know what to believe regarding the will of the people of Cuba. I trust that the people who left (escaped) or were exiled from cuba want a regime change. What do the people want?

    The sources on Iraqi intelligence are the same people that have landed positions of power…funny that they advocated removing Saddam, and ended up in high up positions.

    Whatever happens, I hope we stay out of it and wish the people of Cuba good luck, in whatever they decide is best for them.