View Full Version : Castro Has Stepped Down

1st Aug 2006, 03:07
Well at least for now. He has turned the operation of his Revolution over to his brother Raul.

At this very moment the streets in Little Havana are covered with celebrating Cuban Americans. I'm thinking the party goers are not hoping he recovers. The news programmes here ( if you can call them that) are interviewing the crowds. Many of whom, think that Mr. Fidel has already shot through.

Interesting times these are!

Buster Hyman
1st Aug 2006, 03:23
Perhaps they were celebrating Mel Gibsons arrest...

"No Lethal Weapon 5!" http://www.clicksmilies.com/s0105/spezial/Fool/leb.gif

1st Aug 2006, 03:29
Viva la revolucion!!!:D

1st Aug 2006, 03:31
He has turned the operation of his Revolution over to his brother Raul Oh he'll just get eaten up . . (geddit?)

So I wonder if there's no Castro, will all those 'exiled' Cubans in Miami go back?

no, I didn't think so

1st Aug 2006, 03:33
Whatever your politics, you have to admire the man for having survived for this long without being toppled, either from within or from without. Do you think GWB will invade and enforce democracy when Fidel moves on?

1st Aug 2006, 04:14
Whatever people think of castro and I have very strong views personally, that lunatic GWB and his little puppet TB are totally lunatic like 2 rabid dogs
cuba will be ruined when big brother returns to the island

1st Aug 2006, 04:31
He has a brother named Paul?!

That is such an anticlimax after someone with a phancy name like Fidel!


1st Aug 2006, 04:42
Not 'P', 'R'.

Man goes into 'caff', looks at the chalk-board and then asks for "Pissole and chips please."
"Oh, THAT'S not 'Piss', that's an 'R'."
"OK, then I'll have Rsole and chips please."

West Coast
1st Aug 2006, 04:50
"cuba will be ruined when big brother returns to the island"

Nahhh, they say the same thing when the Irish travel.

Aunt Daisy
1st Aug 2006, 05:12
It is unthinkable that any nation should not follow US directives!

1st Aug 2006, 05:59

There are already well laid plans afoot for the casinoization of Cuba once the strong leadership the island has enjoyed for decades disappears.
For the Americans this is going to be a real headache. Organised crime is poised to take over Cuba in a very hungry way. The country is strategically placed as an ideal halfway house between the coca fields of South America and the market that is the USA. It is certain to be opened up as a drug trade route from the Far East into the European consumer market. The island is just under half the size of the United Kingdom with a population of some 11 million. Much of the terrain is tropical rainforest, impossible to police and control, as the American puppet dictator, Fulgencio Batista, discovered many decades ago now.
The demise of Castro will be a huge vote catching plus for Bush. The USA has a game plan for Cuba and billions of dollars set aside in an attempt to develop the island as another colonial playground, US style. This is purely a financial vote catching excercise designed to solace the millions of Cuban expatriates and supporters in Florida in particular; many of the former having left for no vainglorious political persecutive reasons but rather because they wanted more money, greenbacks,$$$.
The only winners in what is to come will be criminals, property developers, other slime balls and the President of the US of A.
Castro has for years had a policy of emmigration running along the lines that 'if you leave the ship, you don't get back on it.' So, one could expect an initial mass influx of Cubanos and joyful scenes of happy family reunions.This is unlikely to last. How could the island survive without the millions sent home each year by its expatriate workers who live in the States?
Don't be too delighted to see the demise of a strong government. Seldom in the history of the world has a country been persecuted for ideological reasons as has Castro's Cuba. This is still an ongoing affair. A bill permitting USA transiting passengers to have $100 worth of Cuban cigars in their accompanied baggage, was withdrawn as recently August 1, 2004. Seldom in the face of such infantile persecution has a country of limited resources survived so well.
There is Castro and there is Cuba. What happens to the former is only really important in the contex of what may befall the latter.:suspect:

1st Aug 2006, 06:23
.....is allready preparing Battista's descendance to replay Pig's Bay?

tony draper
1st Aug 2006, 06:40
Be loads of 1950's Chevies appearing on EBAY,
Good runner
only 1700,000 miles on the clock.

1st Aug 2006, 08:12

Funny that really. Somewhat off thread but was musing in the midnight hours about Pontiac Chieftains and Chevrolet.
Louuis Chevrolet, Swiss or French mechanic/driver, hired in 1911 by William Durant, founder of General Motors, fired for smoking. The name stayed on as being romantic and foreign.:ooh:
See the 1957 Chev:ooh: rolet!

1st Aug 2006, 12:18
Not 'P', 'R'...as it Eating Raul :zzz:

1st Aug 2006, 12:25
Oh he'll just get eaten up . . (geddit?)

That's funny. Good job.

If you put as S in front of Cuba... I'll be on the first flight (We 'merkins have restricted travel to Cuba).

1st Aug 2006, 12:35

Well, if your tank was big enough, you could start in Florida and swim underwater all the way. That'd get around the restriction.

1st Aug 2006, 12:42
Acrochick: do you know what a merkin is ? Bet a lot of Jetblasters do.:)

1st Aug 2006, 12:46
My Oxford English Dictionary defines it as the "female pudendum,"

1st Aug 2006, 12:55
And some people claim there's only sex on the internet!

tony draper
1st Aug 2006, 13:11
Thats the way to do it Fidel,keep it in the family.:rolleyes:

1st Aug 2006, 13:19
Well, this morning the scallywags have retreated home, the streets are empty and news is more thoughtful. The realization the Raul is as big a hardliner as Fidel is starting to sink in.

Miami Dade County opened the Emergency Ops Centre last night and there is thought that there may be another big boatlift. Why, I'm not sure.

In any case the thought that the US would invade Cuba is pure bollocks.

Dropping this idiotic embargo would be all it takes to undo the Castro brothers. The market forces would undermine these jokers about as fast as a cat can lick it's ass. But that won't happen 'cause Hallibuton and the rest would have no part in a peacefull revolution. In the mean time it gets more and more interesting.

1st Aug 2006, 14:20
Apparently Raul is an absolute monster makes his big brother look like a pussy cat, I expect that's what people have suddenly remembered.

1st Aug 2006, 14:22

Curious Pax
1st Aug 2006, 14:28
If Raul is exhibiting the standard Castro chin in that photo in the Beeb report it's not surprising Fidel grew a beard!!

Minty Fresh
1st Aug 2006, 14:38
it's not surprising Fidel grew a beard!!

Maybe its a merkin adapted to make room for the lips

Oh, hang on ..... Maybe its a merkin.

1st Aug 2006, 15:15
Raul's daughter is here in Montreal for the OutGames and the Gay, Lesbian, Transgendered chinwag. I wonder if daddy will be as tolerant as uncle when it comes to the gay, lesbian and transgendered?

1st Aug 2006, 16:40
Shirley they don't have gay, lesbian and transgendered in CUBA?

1st Aug 2006, 17:16
Exhibiting 'tendencies' used to be good for a one-way ticket to Miami, allegedly.

Castro rather cleverly dumped a lot of his misfits on the States back when we were moaning about him not letting people go, including gays, lesbians and not a few career criminals. I think it took us a while to sort that mess out!

One of these days Cuba will get over Castro, but perhaps not just yet. And then once the States gets over Bush, why things should be just fine! Well, until those North Koreans team up with Hezbollah, perhaps!

I was once told that the reason I needed to master the bayonet was to go fight 'Chinese Communist East Germans' in Viet Nam. Whatever next?

1st Aug 2006, 17:22
At the airshow that I attended recently, a military assault display was taking place. 'Father' (behind me) remarked to daughter (aged about thirteen) about 'The Russians', to which daughter enquired incredulously "Why the Russians, Dad?" to which he responded "Well, OK, the Chinese then."
I thought that in MY time it was the Germans, then the Koreans . . .

1st Aug 2006, 17:54
Anyone else here old enough to remember the Cuban Missile Crisis? That had everyone scouting out a nice, safe place under their school desk, for sure. Supposedly Castro wanted to let fly with the nukes rather than knuckle under to Yanqui Imperialismos. Socialism or Death! Turns out he wasn't kidding.

I was in Berlin recently, visiting the place where Checkpoint Charley once stood. In fact I was in the Army with guys who had been in the unit that faced off against the Russians there. Now it's just a boring old tourist attraction but back then it was a rather unhealthy place to be.

Then there was the naive young lady who asked me if I too had visited the famous tunnel complex at Cu Chi, Viet Nam. I just told her that when I was there they were not accepting visitors.

Soon enough, I suppose, there should be a Wal-Mart in Havana, and another in Pyongyang. Two cheers for capitalism!

1st Aug 2006, 18:24
But I wouldn't buy a chicken in a Beijing Wal-Mart SuperCenter. No doubt they all coughed.

1st Aug 2006, 19:03
Anyone else here old enough to remember the Cuban Missile Crisis? That had everyone scouting out a nice, safe place under their school desk, for sure. Supposedly Castro wanted to let fly with the nukes rather than knuckle under to Yanqui Imperialismos. Socialism or Death! Turns out he wasn't kidding.
Yerrrss - that was pretty close. Historians on both sides agree. Lead to the death of the US President (allegedly).
Soon enough, I suppose, there should be a Wal-Mart in Havana, and another in Pyongyang. Two cheers for capitalism!Has MacDonalds opened in Afghanistan and Iraq yet?

1st Aug 2006, 19:15
Has McDonalds opened in Afghanistan and Iraq yet?
Any day now. (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Hortons) ;)

1st Aug 2006, 19:21
Thats the way to do it Fidel,keep it in the family.:rolleyes:Well that system worked fine for Their Majesties for many a year.

1st Aug 2006, 19:24
HAS Fidel any offspring?

1st Aug 2006, 19:26
HAS Fidel any offspring?

Yes, they're living in Miami.:p

(I don't think so, but I really don't know.)

Okay, I looked it up, he has 5 sons, Angel, Antonio, Alejandro, Alexis and Alex. Very little is know about them.

Upon further snooping I have discovered he also has a daughter, Alina Fernandez who resides in Spain, at least one other son from his first marriage.

So, a total of 7 children, the daughter's mother was one of Castro's many lovers. (Well, that was what the article said.)