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Tuesday, August 01, 2006


There are three possibilities about Fidel Castro's apparent decision to hand over power to his brother Raul in order to undergo an intestinal surgery: 1) The Cuban regime's statement tells the truth, and Fidel Castro will be back in a few months, re-taking control of the government; 2) Castro is totally incapacitated, perhaps dead, and that's why he didn't appear on tv himself to read the statement delegating power to his brother; 3) Castro threw a trial balloon, to see whether anybody in his inner circle makes a wrong move and get rid of potential reformists who won't respect his wishes. Which do you think is the case? More later.


Blogger Gil said...

In the Miama Herald Oppenheimer Latin America Report dated July 6, 2006, some one posted an article I originally published in Army magazine ("America's Hispanics in America's Wars, September 2002). This was done without either my knowledge or permission. The original article has a copyright and is the property of Army magazine.

The article posted was an altered version of the original. Furthermore, the individual who posted the article also altered my biography.

I am not, nor have I ever been or claimed to be a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor, this Nation's highest award. Such a statement is not only false it verges on the criminal.

I can think of no reason why anyone would post an altered version of a previously published article along with a false biography of myself but will give that individual the benefit of the doubt and assume it was done in error.

I would be extremely appreciative if the individual who posted the altered article and biography would delete them immediately.

Thank you.


Gilberto Villahermosa
Colonel, U.S. Army
Brunssum, The Netherlands

8:50 AM  
Blogger Manuel A.Tellechea said...

Dear Colonel Villahermosa:

If you had read the entire thread, you would also have been upset that certain commentators called into question the participation of U.S. Hispanics in America's wars since the Revolution. Your excellent article, which is widely reproduced on the internet, provides irrefutable proof that Hispanics have been in the vanguard of this country's defense.

The article was accompanied by a picture of the President Reagan investing the Congressional Medal of Honor on a Mexican-American soldier. I assumed, since the soldier was not identified, that it was you. Naturally, I wished to honor your service. My apologies to you for this misunderstanding on my part.

It was impossible within the confines of this space to quote your article in its entirety, but nothing was "altered" in the passages that were quoted.

I have deleted, as you requested, the post where your article is quoted.

I am glad, however, that you have found this blog, for your presence here honors us all; and I hope that in future you will instruct us personally on the Hispanic contribution to America's defense.

With highest regards,

Manuel A. Tellechea

10:20 AM  
Blogger Manuel A.Tellechea said...


For 47 years he has done nothing but lie to the Cuban people. It is therefore fitting that he should die as he has lived, lying to the end.

There has been no intestinal operation and no formal transfer of power; nor, naturally, will there be a two-month convalescense. Castro is either on life support, with no possibility of recovery, or else he has been mummufied like Lenin and only awaits the moment that Raul Castro has solidified his power to be formally declared dead and put on display for public adulation.

In any case, he has ceased to be the focus of power in Cuba. From now on, when men are murdered, imprisoned, tortured or exiled in Cuba, it shall no longer be by his order but will still be in his name.

The death of Fidel Castro does not mean the liberation of the Cuban people. This can only happen when Cubans shake off both the physical and psychological shackles which he has imposed on them. Today, at least, the psychological shackles have been broken.

And what would Fidel's hell be like?

To languish in a Cuba of his own making, except not as the lord of the manor, but as a miserable serf, enduring on his own flesh everything that he has made his people suffer over the last 47 years.

10:32 AM  
Blogger Robert said...

As a non-Cuban resident of Miami, I would like nothing more than see Fidel Castro go gently into the night. Hopefully, this would result in the Cubans currently in Miami to return to the Island. The hardcore Cubans are denegrating democracy in Miami while clamoring for it in Havana. They want nothing more to tighten the embargo to Cubans....yet they prop the country up with nearly a billion dollars in remittences.

10:52 AM  
Blogger Robert said...

Hopefully Fidel will go gently into the night....and hopefully the current Cubans in Miami will gently go back to the island.

They have historically eroded democracy here in the US while insisting on it in Havana.

They have lobbied Congress hard to tighten the embargo, while remitting billions to the island in direct contridiction to their stated goals.

Good bye Fidel.....Good bye Cubans!

Non-Cuban Resident of Miami

10:55 AM  
Blogger Manuel A.Tellechea said...


Yes, it would be wonderful for you, Robert, if Cuban-Americans quit Miami, and you
could "inherit" the product of their hard work and matchless industry. I'm afraid, however, that's not going to happen. What you will probably get is a greater influx of Cubans, who will doubtless prove as great a blessing to the area as their predecessors have. Yes, Robert, more Cubans for you to hate.

Cuban-Americans, of course, are free to do whatever they please with their money. It is a measure of their humanity that for 47 years they have kept their relatives on the island alive with their remittances. In many cases, the exiles have not even met these relatives. Still, their sense of family is such that they feel responsibility for them anyway. I know that's difficult for you to understand, since like most Americans, you probably have a very restricted definition of "family," or, perhaps, the only person you care about is yourself.

Cuban-Americans also have a perfect right to vote for whomever they please in this democracy which they sustain just like any other Americans.

11:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep your ears and eyes open for this one, folks....Viva Cuba Libre...

11:20 AM  
Blogger Boli-Nica said...

I just wish that here in Miami and to some extent in the U.S. we had access to some hard news and analysis on Cuba's ruling elite and the mood in the ground. All we get is a bunch of bla-bla-bla and wild speculation, though sometimes in the Diario De Las America's there is some insight from people who actually monitor what is going on in the Island.

12:10 PM  
Blogger leftside said...

I was about to post on Andres' previous post calling Castro a coward, right before the news hit. But now that calm and sadness has overcome Cuba - without a hint of celebration - I believe you owe your readers (and Castro) an apology. You wrote that Castro is "scared" of elections (though he has them), implying that he is unpopular and would lose them. A man of your stature must surely know that is not true, even if you have only spent a few days in the country. Now, the whole world has the proof. A calm, tranquil country has emerged, worried about their respected, couragous leader (if Castro hasn't proven the size of his cohones in 50 years I don't know who else can).

7:17 PM  
Blogger leftside said...

Also, to answer your question here, reports are emerging (BBC, MH) that Castro is fine and recovering very well.

I know every Cuban in Miami assumed it was a lie, but it is they who were wrong once again.

7:19 PM  
Blogger A.M. Mora y Leon said...

Leftside is the naive one.

The calm pervading Cuba is due to the fact that no one is sure if the bearded beast is really dead. If he isn't, he's probably doing what he likes doing, which is watching his own funeral, seeing how people will react, and then moving in for the kill at those who don't mourn. It's a dictator's way.

If he IS dead, then well and good, but no one knows who will be ruling Cuba afterward either, it's not a democracy, get it? It's Darwinian survival of the strongest and these thugs ruling Cuba have no rules to live by other than the law of the jungle. They'll fight it out and kill any who challenge them. It could be bloody, these are not vegetarian animal-loving pacifists, these are stone cold would-be tyrants. They live by gang rules.

In these circumstances, when one has no power and no influence over events, the safest course there is is to lay low and pretend to be in love with and no threat to the regime. That's what Cubans inside the Island dungeon are doing right now.

Get a clue.

7:33 PM  
Blogger paco said...

I agree with Mora. Cuba is a nasty place. I only see a big coward in Castro. Theres no freedom and no democracy in the island. For me, a communist is the one that wants to deliver richness equally among the people excpet for his own things. The left fights for a noble cause but its practice is always leaded by the worst people ever (mao, lenin, stalin, chavez, amlo), all of them are crazy bastards eager of power. Tell me if in history there has been a first world country that was or is communist. Communism sucks, its "una puñeta mental".

9:00 PM  
Blogger Robert said...

Dear Manuels: You need to leave your echo chamber. Your community is too wrapped up in itself to see reality. Castro deserves what he will get in Hell. But the way the exile community handled themselves over the last 45 years has been pathetic...something the younger Cubans are having a difficult time convincing their parents of. Let history be the judge. I work for the US Gov't and I can tell you a thing or two about your elected Cuban representatives and the corruption they are involved in....but that's no different then the rest of Miami. No interest in inheriting your hard've been living off mine since you got here!

3:32 AM  
Blogger Manuel A.Tellechea said...


What you find so objectionable about Cuban-Americans is their success. According to George Gilder, "Cubans are the most successful immigrants in the history of this nation of immigrants." When Gilder wrote this in 1984, Cubans had been in this country for only 20 years. Other ethnic and racial groups have been in the U.S. for centuries and have yet to catch-up to what Gilder also characterized as "the Cuban miracle."

Anglos in Miami, such as yourself, expected Cubans to be downtrodden and subserviant, marginalized and dependent, just as all other minorities that they had dealt with in the past. What a shock to them (and you) when Cubans, who were never inculcated with an inferiority complex, beat them at their own game of capitalism and were soon in charge socially, economically and politically in Miami and, eventually, Florida. What a shock, indeed, to people who had only decades before cheered the Ku Klux Klan as they paraded on Fragler Ave.

Robert, we are not going away. Our economic and political power will be the crucial factor in the reconstruction of Cuba.

Then we will have to decide for ourselves whether we wish to return to the country of our birth or remain in the land that we have enriched and transformed for the better through our hard labor and industry.

It is a lot easier to be hated for our success than to be hated for failure.

8:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just want to remember, the song of Willy Chirino, " nuestro dia ya viene llegando "

11:39 AM  
Blogger Boli-Nica said...

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5:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fidel no se cansa de repetir que todo lo que hace se basa en la racionalidad, tratando de dar a entender que es racional en contraposiciòn a sus enemigos capitalistas que no lo serìan. Es evidente la soberbia que se esconde detràs de esa palabra "racionalidad" sobre todo cuando se la quiere usar como autojustificaciòn de los propios actos , o como forma de presentarse como mejor que los demàs que serìan "irracionales", està claro que Fidel es racional de acuerdo a su propia opiniòn, es decir, èl es el que dice que es lo razonable y que no lo es , es el que que dice que està bien y que no lo està, Fidel es la medida de todas las cosas, todo lo que se opone a la palabra de Fidel es irracional, todo lo que dice Fidel es racional, Fidel es la razòn, como en Grecia estaba Atenea, en Cuba està Fidel, el "dios" de la razòn, que nos guia y nos dice quien es bueno quien es malo y que es bueno o malo,es la verdad absoluta. Segùn su razòn todo lo que èl hace està bien y se justifica por la razòn , que obviamente es la suya y no tiene oposiciòn en Cuba, oponerse a la razòn de Fidel es ser contrarrevolucionario, traidor, etc. por lo que es correcto tomar medidas contra tal persona irracional que osa dudar de la razòn de Fidel. Si algùn presidente dice algo contra la racionalidad de Fidel es un "lamebotas", ahora si las botas se las lamen a Fidel entoncès son grandes lìderes y patriotas. Fidel ataca al "imperio" pero vìviò a costas del imperio sovietico hasta que èste cayò por sus propios mèritos , es decir por su propia racionalidad socialista. Habla por horas en los estrados frente a su pueblo que necesita oir las palabras infalibles de su "dios" razòn , y le gusta hablar de la medicina , aparentemente en la racionalidad de Fidel ese parece ser el ùnico tema que interesa en la vida de las personas, tambièn èl elige que temas les tienen que interesar a las personas y sobre los que tienen que hablar, por eso siempre habla de lo mismo, el concepto de libertad en la razòn de fidel no es trascendente por lo tanto tampoco lo debe ser para sus oyentes-sùbditos, al menos en pùblico. La racionalidad de Fidel hace que algunos prefieran salir a nadar con los tiburones con tal de no segiur escuchàndolo, hablar de "la medicina". Hubo dos ocasiones dònde Kirchner se lastimò la cabeza, el nexo entre ambas es que Fidel estaba en la Argentina, en el 2003 y 2006, eso simboliza claramente que fidel es un dolor de cabeza para Kirchner. màs allà de lo simpàtico que pueda parecer a algunos la imagen de Fidel , no lo es, cambiò una dictadura por otra de 47 años , y su pueblo sufre màs allà de la "medicina", la gente quiere ir a Miami donde segùn Fidel los niveles de salud son menores que en cuba pero aùn asi la gente se lanza al mar para ir,... que gente irracional.

7:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Robert is right in his main point which is the eroding of democracy in Miami (not the US), one example of this would be the recent scandal about the book "Vamos a Cuba."
We cannot ban any books, period. Where I disagree with him is his comments to all Cubans but not all are like that.

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