11 October 2006

View from a different window

Those of us who have been personally affected by the tyrant of Havana will always find it difficult to look at the effect his regime has had on the world and how the world sees Cuba objectively.

Most outsiders that talk to Cubans seem to walk away thinking we're obssessed, dillusional paranaoid and extreme as they change the subject and give you "the smile".

I found an article on Mercopress Alan Stoga, president of Zemi Communications, that gives an interesting perspective on the tyrant.

An excerpt:

Fidel's real significance is that he put Cuba, a speck of a country with no natural resources, onto the global geopolitical map and kept it there for five decades with nothing more than the strength of his own will. No one else has accomplished anything remotely similar in the modern era.

It does not matter if Raul Castro holds onto power, is succeeded by a junta or even — eventually — by a democratically elected government. Cuba's significance in global and regional politics will die with Fidel.

"A speck of a country": ouch!

"nothing more than the strength of his own will"--and all that he stole form the Cuban people and multinational corporations and the bizillion dollars the soviets and others dumped into their communist beachhead?

Well , no, this guy isn't really auditioning for a job at the Herald. He's historically challanged but makes some interesting geopolitical observations.

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