As Castro Near Death, Americans battle over him
Americans are deeply divided, once again. The comments to the Washington Post's article about the impending death of Fidel Castro reveal considerable conflict.
"ITS TIME TO BLOW CUBA THE HELL OFF THE MAP, THATS THE ONLY WAY WE WILL SOLVE ANY UPCOMMING PROBLEMS," one reader commented.
Another commenter, sjdietz01, wrote this: "Die, die, die! Woohoo!", while brucerealtor replied, "Viva Fidel !!! One does not need to agree with Fidel Castro to recognize the reality that he is and has been one of the truly great leaders of our time."
Today the Washington Post reports on an editorial meeting with John Negroponte, the US intelligence chief.
As reported elsewhere at NowPublic, Negroponte told the Post that "Everything we see indicates it will not be much longer . . . months, not years," he told a meeting of Washington Post editors and reporters.
A couple of years ago, Paul Dolan, a senior news producer with ABC News, told me that the death of Castro will be an enormous news event, and that all major news organizations have been planning coverage for years.
Get ready for the deluge. In the meantime, the Post's incredibly long list of comments is a demonstration of the spell Fidel Castro holds over the American imagination:
Die a slow and painful death mr castro and then burn in hell for eternity. All of you socialists are free to leave the evil US and emigrate to Cuba or Venezuela or North Korea. Why is it so many die trying to escape those utopias of the people? Why do they want to come to the imperialist US? So many of you dont realize what a good thing you have. There are hundreds who would trade places with you in an instant. Quit whining like spoiled children.
By jackmackeral | Dec 15, 2006 9:43:09 AM | Request Removal
Castro for all practical purposes has become a defunct dictator and the US should stop paying attention to him. It is going to be very important how the US can reach out to the cubans post-Castro and win their hearts and minds.
By numerouno | Dec 15, 2006 9:46:52 AM | Request Removal
Its so funny that he outlasted so many of our presidents who were dead set on seeing him done in. Sure, he was ruthless. I despise how he treated his people, but right or wrong, he has been quite the adversary. I hope the Cubans will get democracy, but as someone said earlier- why do we not treat other communist nations the same? I know we cannot- we are too dependent on China! Well, fair is fair, we have kept relations open with them and they are still communist, but democracy and free trade is slowly but surely starting to grow. Sanctions have not accomplished anything against Cuba so far it seems. Time to adjust course and try something else..