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Posted April 21, 2007 by publisher in Castro's Cuba

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Fidel Castro is Queen Elizabeth in the sense that he is now only a figurehead leader with no real power.

Fidel recently met with a Chinese official for one hour and not with Raul. To me I see this as a photo op meeting and maybe a courtesy to update Fidel on the discussions and agreed-upon negotiations between the Chinese official and Raul Castro and his people. Also, Fidel was wearing a sweat suit. He couldn’t put on a suit or his olive green uniform for the meeting? I don’t understand that at all.

Fidel recently wrote a letter criticizing the US for growing corn for biofuel. The letter had nothing to do with Cuba.

Fidel has not addressed his own people since he went into surgery. He may have written letters to Granma or called Parliament or little things like that but if he can’t stand long enough to make a speech to his own people, AT LEAST thanking them for their support, Fidel is relegated to figurehead status.

He is a national landmark, a living historic figure who’s words no longer have any effect on policy, just like Queen Elizabeth.

  1. Follow up post #1 added on April 22, 2007 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    In the old days Castro would have a half million people in La Plaza de la Revolucion protesting Luis Posada’s release.

    Let’s see what happens on May 1 which is a big holiday in Cuba. If Fidel doesn’t make a public appearance then you can forget about seeing him maybe until his birthday on August 13.

    If Fidel doesn’t even go on television May 1, he is out of the picture and out of the lives of everyday Cubans. He will squarely sit in the figurehead role.

    Problem is Raul probably can’t make too many changes until Fidel is gone physically even though he is probably gone politically.

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  2. Follow up post #2 added on April 22, 2007 by CAPTAIN C

    MR. PUBLISHER,  with great respect I must disagree with your comparison to Queen Elizabeth, re: ‘’‘——-no longer have any effect on policy”“”“
      Here is a question in my Grandaughters grade 5 school book.  ‘’’ Who makes the laws in Canada? ‘’’  Answer,  ‘’’ Laws are made by Parlament. This means the laws are made by the Queen, the Senate and the House of Commons ‘’‘.

  3. Follow up post #3 added on April 22, 2007 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Do you mean England and not Canada? I don’t think the Queen of England has anything to do with the laws in Canada. And, I don’t think the Queen of England has anything to do with laws in England either.

    Maybe in the past she did. Maybe in the past Fidel made the laws in Cuba but not any more in my opinion.

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  4. Follow up post #4 added on April 22, 2007 by CAPTAIN C

    Yes I mean the Queen of England, She is the Chief of State for Canada. The Canadian Government is a Constitutional Monarchy.

  5. Follow up post #5 added on April 22, 2007 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Okay but I don’t believe the Queen actually has anything to do with making policy in Canada, or England for that matter.

    The parliament may give her a report for her ceremonial “approval” just like what they are doing with Fidel, in my opinion.

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  6. Follow up post #6 added on April 23, 2007 by Cubana with 282 total posts

    As a subject of Queen Elizabeth I know who I would rather have as figurehead leader, even if that means having Tony Blair as the power behing the throne!

    NB Queen Elizabeth has NO imput on UK Government policy, or that of Canada or any of the other Commonwealth countries. Her role is now mainly ceremonial but she does have weekly briefings with the prime minister and has the right to be consulted on government proposals.

  7. Follow up post #7 added on April 23, 2007 by Cuban American

    I doubt he will speak in may.  The big day we should all watch for is July 26th, if he doesn’t give a speech that day, than I think we won’t see Fidel ever come back to power.  I am tending to think that he is a little out of it and for that reason maybe they aren’t letting him appear in public for fear of him saying something stupid and irrational that will make him seem like he has lost his marbles.

  8. Follow up post #8 added on April 25, 2007 by Don

    I think Castro is about that, an icon.  Cuba has developed part of its national pride around this person, and I don’t expect that to ever end. Castro had his time, for good or bad depending how a person views history, or re-writes history. Cuba as a nation is out growing any one person.


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