Cuba Politics

Fidel Castro’s latest Reflection - frees up Raul to make decisions?

Posted January 22, 2009 by publisher in Cuba Politics.

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal

Most of this short Reflection is about Obama but the last few sentences seem to be an admission of his declining health and it would appear that he is releasing Raul to make his own decisions.

Reflections of Comrade Fidel: The Eleventh President of the United States

Last Tuesday, the 20th of January of 2009, Barack Obama assumed the leadership of the empire as the 11th president of the United States since the triumph of the Cuban Revolution in January of 1959.

No one can doubt the sincerity of his words when he affirms that he will convert his country into a model of freedom, respect for human rights in the world and the independence of other nations. This, of course, offends hardly anyone except for the misanthropes in the corners of the planet. He already conveniently said that the jail and the tortures at the illegal base at Guantanamo cease immediately, which begins to sow doubts among those who worship terror as an unrenounceable instrument of their country’s foreign policy.

The intelligent and noble face of the first black president of the United States since its founding two and one-third centuries ago as an independent republic had transformed itself under the inspiration of Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King into a living symbol of the American dream.

However, despite all of the tests passed, Obama has not passed the biggest one of all: What will he do soon, when the immense power that he has taken in his hands is absolutely useless to overcome the unsolvable, antagonistic contradictions of the system?

I have reduced the Reflections as I had planned this year, so as not to interfere or get in the way of the (Communist) Party or government comrades in the constant decisions they must make, facing difficult objectives caused by the global economic crisis. I am well, but I insist that none of them should feel bound by my occasional Reflections, my state of health or my death.

I read over the speeches and materials I have put together over more than half a century.

I have had the rare privilege to observe events over such a long time. I receive information and meditate calmly about those events. I expect I won’t enjoy that privilege in four years, when Obama’s first presidential term has ended.

Fidel Castro Ruz

Jan. 22, 2009

6:30 p.m.

Member Comments

On January 23, 2009, nacho wrote:

Maybe he’s just finally bowing out????? Saying good-bye?

Or maybe he’s dead already and this was written long time ago or by someone else and the Cuban gov will announce his death this week or the next?

On January 23, 2009, publisher wrote:

I’m done guessing but it does seem that way.

Maybe just another ploy?

Maybe a gesture to his loyal supporters that it’s okay to go support Raul?

On January 23, 2009, nacho wrote:

Yes, it could be a gesture to follow Raul.

Have you seen his latest picture today in the Miami Herald?
He looks like a wax figure from Madame Tussaud’s!! wink

On January 23, 2009, publisher wrote:

I did. I just posted it at another article here. Thank you.

The photo is from the official website of the Argentina President.

Fidel doesn’t look so “lucid” in this photo. He is holding on to her like a dying patient would hold onto a nurse’s arm.


This is Fidel Castro at Madame Tussaud’s wax musuem in New York City


from my trip to New York City last April. Ernest Hemingway is there too.

On January 23, 2009, nacho wrote:

You’re right! He looks like a patient holding on to a nurse!!

He looks healthier in the wax figure wink

This one is in London’s Tussaud’s

On January 23, 2009, abh wrote:

Is it possible that hes slowly leaving the scene, as was planned; that he’s very sick and understands that he’s dying?
It seems that the continued denial of Fidel-haters that he’s alive serves no purpose other than to satisfy peoples personal fantasies.

On February 21, 2009, luckylucien wrote:

I hope I look as good at age 82 as Fidel does now.  Do any of the old Fidel haters look as good as Fidel?  What about Mas Canosa?  Or the terrorist that murdered the Cuban fencing team in 1976?