HolyCoast: Where's Castro

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Where's Castro

The Cuban-American community is still celebrating the imminent demise of Fidel Castro, and many think he has in fact already assumed room temperature. The Cuban government, on the other hand, paints a very different picture. They have released statements supposed issued by Castro himself that he's in "stable" condition. As James Taranto often points out, Yassar Arafat is also in stable condition....after dying in a Paris hospital.

The Cuban government wants everyone to believe Fidel is up and dancing the macarena in his hospital suite, and according to this ABC News report from June, Fidel is expected to live 140 years:
Ditching the cigars but not the army fatigues, Cuban leader Fidel Castro leads a life that guarantees he'll live more than a century, according to his doctor.

"He is going to live 140 years," said Dr. Eugenio Selman, who heads the 120 Years Club that promotes healthy habits for the elderly.

Despite recurring rumors of his demise, Castro, who turns 80 in August, is not only a stellar club member but has also shown great resiliency as a leader, said Selman. . . .

Selman credits Castro's "good genes" and outstanding diet and lifestyle.

So where is he? Most leaders want their people to see them during a time of crisis. You may remember Ronald Reagan appearing in his hospital window to wave at the press just a day or so after he was shot. He could barely stand up, but he made an appearance.

And what about little brother Raul? Since being proclaimed temporary Maximum Leader he hasn't been seen or heard. A little odd, don't you think?

I would think that if we don't see some date verifiable footage of a living and breathing Fidel in the next day or so we can assume he's already made his way to the underworld where more than just cigars are smoking.

UPDATE: Weekend at Fidel's?

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