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Yet another meaningless Rambling, I mean Reflection by Fidel Castro

Posted July 11, 2007 by publisher in Cuba Politics.
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Well, I think Fidel Castro has officially lost his mind. You really need to read this entire reflection. He talks about the young workers and the different quality of workers, the rising price of oil and food, cars in the US, how Nixon went off the gold standard and then he asks if he should go more deeply into these topics. Exactly whom is he asking and would anyone inside his inner inner circle going to say No to him?

To absent President Fidel: You are making yourself look foolish and people are laughing at you now. No one cares about your Reflections. They are a waste of time. How do your Reflections influence or motivate anyone?

And now this from Prensa Latina

Fidel Castro Calls to Deepen Knowledge to Create Conscience

Cuban President Fidel Castro stated that we have to make the brain cells work if we want to build consciences, so necessary in today’s complex world.

“What the people in our country need most is knowledge, if what we want to do is to create conscience,” said the Revolution leader in his article entitled “Cuba’s Self-Criticism,” published in this capital Wednesday.

“On specific economic matters, I think that in every country, most people are unaware of everything. It is inescapable to know why the cost of oil is climbing; last Monday the price reached 77 dollars a barrel. Why the prices of foods are increasing, such as wheat and others which must be imported because of climate related problems; if the cause of their increase is permanent or short-lived,” the head of State pointed out.

Due to its importance, Prensa Latina integrally reproduces below reflections by the Cuban president:

REFLECTIONS BY THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF:

CUBA’S SELF-CRITICISM

READ THE REST OF THE STORY HERE

Member Comments

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On July 11, 2007, abh wrote:

Publisher,
When I clicked on “Read the Rest of the Story Here” it sent me to another article.  Could you please correct this, I’m interested in reading the ramblings.

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On July 11, 2007, publisher wrote:

Thank you for the note. The link has been corrected.

I welcome your thoughts on my comments about the mental state of Fidel Castro.

Does ANYONE think he’ll be back now?

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On July 11, 2007, manfredz wrote:

wondering if thats the wrong key question to ask.  May i suggest:
Does anybody think key decisions that differ from what he wants will be made as long as he’s alive? And if not is it out of respect or fear?

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On July 11, 2007, publisher wrote:

Good question but all speculation.

He obviously is not very mobile and I doubt many people go see him. So, they probably send him news updates and ask him questions from time to time but this is the end for the old guy, politically and now mentally.

Perhaps the end physically will follow soon.

I do not think that Fidel is serving any purpose other than “icon” at this time. While he is alive, Cuba is stable so they want him alive.

Expect July 31 to come and go without any word from Cuba.

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On July 11, 2007, Mako wrote:

The prozac must have worn off when he wrote this

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On July 12, 2007, Peter wrote:

Fidel should promote freedom of the press and freedom of speech so that he and more importantly, all Cubans, could become aware about the,” essiential matters”.

“Throughout the entire year we must keep ourselves informed about essential matters and about the details of what is happening in Cuba and in the rest of the world.”

Increasing internet access would greatly enhance the Cuban people’s knowledge about the rest of the world. Relaying on Fidel’s government, any government for that matter, for the truth, is rhetoric personified. The truth and knowledge must be pursued not dictated!

Fidel is clearly overwhelmed, change is imminent / imperative for Cuban survival!

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On July 12, 2007, publisher wrote:

Well put. Another sign that he is WAY out of touch.

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On July 16, 2007, J. Perez wrote:

I agree change is not only imminent, it is also inevitable, however the pace at which it comes and particulary if it is in the form of an avalanche could create conditions of instability and chaos. Steady progress, in my opinion, would be realized if change comes gradually and well planned and that will not be easy because of external economic and political pressures.

As far as Fidel is concerned, I agree that in reality he is now for the most part irrelevant with regards to the future course of affairs in Cuba and it is unclear what direction Raul, Perez Roque, Lage and co. will follow.

One thing IS clear, whoever the future leadership is, they must bring back individual freedoms.

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On July 16, 2007, publisher wrote:

I agree but does anyone in Cuba have any experience with individual freedoms? Castro goes back to 1959 and Batista goes back to 1952.

My question is that how does a country “transition” to individual freedoms when no one has really lived with them?

My point is that the transition cannot realistically be peaceful or gradual.

A freedom “tsunami” needs to wash over Cuba in order for citizens to enjoy freedom. Many will resist freedom for fear of the unknown and ease of staying with “the devil we know” so to speak.

I see no peaceful transition. There are just too many factors for civil war, military coup, CIA intervention, EU intervention, supply chain disruption, dissident uprising, etc.

Pressures will come in many forms and severity after the announcement of Fidel Castro’s death.

The chaos may start slowly with a slight rolling of the boat to the right then someone will roll the boat back to the left then more people will roll the boat to the right then even more will roll the boat to the left and eventually the boat will flip.

There will be chaos. People will die and people will survive. The survivors are going to demand a new captain and a new boat.

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On July 16, 2007, J. Perez wrote:

Publisher,

I choose to remain optimistic and once again I have to disagree with you as far as your view of how events will unfold. My opinion is that the current leadership has a strong enough grip on things as to prevent any unfolding of chaos and will be able, if they choose, to implement changes gradually. I also am of the opinion that they know the time to make economic changes is now and perhaps some political ones as well.

The U.S. will not be a player with respect to creating any chaos in Cuba, they are simply too bogged down in Iraq and there is no stomach in the U.S. for another intervention, let alone ocupation.

All the Cubans in Cuba that I spoke to at length during my last two visits to the Island in the last three years agree on one thing, they want change but not at the expense of chaos and they all agree that whatever and whenever changes come, it will be them who will decide. Even dissident leaders are not advocating violence. People just want change, even if it is gradual but there is no apetite for another revolution. This has been my experience in talking to all kinds of people, from taxi drivers and people involved in the tourist industry to doctors and other professionals both sympathizers and not so sympathizers of the government.

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On July 16, 2007, publisher wrote:

Thanks for the insight. I am not saying that any one particular group or country wants chaos and I am certainly not advocating for it.

I just think that it will happen due to the pressures on the Cuban government after the announcement of Fidel’s death.

There will be many voices from many people in many countries collectively saying “We want change now that Fidel is dead”. Some will be patient and be comfortable to wait years. Others may only wish to wait months. Others may only wish to wait days.

The wave will build and once the door to change is open, people may “rush the gates” and overwhelm the Cuban government from all sides including within the gates.

Has any communist country or dictator regime ever changed gradually? I am not a student of history but one does not come to mind.

So, let’s leave it at that. We can agree to disagree. I have gotten off topic yet this is all relevant to the health of Fidel the gatekeeper.

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On July 16, 2007, J. Perez wrote:

Publisher,

I understand your concerns and I know you are not advocating chaos. The pressures you talk about will certainly be real.

I am a student of history, although perhaps not an accomplished one, and the only example I can offer is China and the changes that are currently taken place in that society.

My views are simply based on my conversations with Cubans from different walks of life and my own gut feeling.

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On August 12, 2007, Wajiro wrote:

My Gut feelings are Castro is not the one writing either, I have studied Castro’s writings for the past 40 years.
His Spanish Grammar is almost flawless, which his reflections are not, The level of education of whom ever is writing is much much lower.
My humble opinion is , they have created this ghost writer in order to continue to stimulate the hard liners in the communist youth, making them think he is better or even alive ,gives them hope for continuation.

My only news from inside is that, many of the so called Intel agents in Miami, working pro Castro have being called in to their bases, specially Santiago and Havana, and are submitted to long meetings.
Many have being told to remain in Cuba and others seemed to have being assigned to other duties, I just learned this today.

Also the Body guards of Fidel have being assigned to other people in the gov.
His Mercedes Benz is parked at the hospital all by itself ,no other protection vehicles like the army jeeps and other vehicles have being seen as of late.
No activities of dignitaries visiting specially Hugo Chavez , who visited him frequently.
All of that points to a dead or agonizing Castro.

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On August 12, 2007, publisher wrote:

Thank you for the update. All very interesting points. Perhaps Castro is writing the Reflections but he is mentally incapacitated.

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On August 12, 2007, manfredz wrote:

if they had wanted to use a “ghost-writer” for his ramblings, I’m sure they’re also well enough of his style and would copy it….  if he’s gradually losing it, that might explain the difference in style.

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On August 12, 2007, publisher wrote:

I think you’re right. If Fidel says “publish this” granma publishes it. Simple as that. The sycophants around Fidel are certainly not capable, able, qualified/allowed to edit his work.

Fidel has the Howard Huges syndrome…an old man with icon status yet he no longer sees the outside world. A few months ago even Fidel said he doesn’t have time to cut his beard.

He is a decrepit old man with icon status and no one around him has the status or nuts to say anything other than “Yes Fidel” and “You’re right Fidel”.

These are the last days of Fidel Castro.

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On August 13, 2007, publisher wrote:

So far no reflections, no Chavez and not even an official Happy Birthday from the Cuban government.

It’s as if Fidel does not even exist. That way when he dies no one will care.

Will there even be a funeral for Castro?

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On August 13, 2007, Wajiro wrote:

They hope by letting him fade away ,people will stick with the old ideas and repression.
The US government is also happy because no mass exodus will occur, so eventually they will reward the new Regime by lifting the embargo and a similar agreement as with China.