Friday, December 15, 2006

Fidel Castro

Reports are that Fidel Castro is near to death:

Cuban President Fidel Castro is very ill and close to death, U.S. Intelligence chief John Negroponte said in an interview published on Friday.

"Everything we see indicates it will not be much longer ... months, not years," Negroponte told The Washington Post.

The Cuban leader, 80, has not appeared in public since he underwent emergency intestinal surgery and temporarily handed over the presidency to his younger brother, Raul Castro, on July 31.

The most obvious thing that might change is the attitude of the US Government to the embargo against trade with the island. We all know that it has been an insane idea from the start but for political reasons it simply could never be challenged within US politics. With Castro gone perhaps this might indeed be changed.


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