Friday, March 25, 2011

Fidel Castro… in past tense?

Antique pocket watch

One week ago Cuba’s ruler, and the longest ruler in our modern human history, made headlines worldwide with a statement saying, and I quote:

“I resigned without hesitation all my state and political positions, even that of First Secretary of the Party, when I got sick and I never tried to exercise them after the proclamation of July 31, 2006.”

Well, Mr Castro, I guess it is a question of what him understands as resigns. In a letter published in the Web site of Cuba's Communist Party newspaper Granma he clearly said:

“I am saying that I will neither aspire to nor accept — I repeat, I will neither aspire to nor accept — the positions of President of the State Council and Commander in Chief.”

There is no mention of resignation about his role in the Communist Party as its leader. That is crystal clear. This is not the first time Castro downplays his manipulative power in public statements.

All begun even before 1959, when he declared his intentions in his self-defence arguments in court when he faced charges in 1953 for facing charges for being the leader of the group who assaulted Moncada’s Barracks. Then he promised democratic elections, press freedom of the press, multipartism, and too many etceteras. None of them fulfilled in Castro’s time in power.

After 1959, few months away from his entrance to Havana over a military tank, in front of thousands of cheerful Cubans, “What elections for?”

That is the guy a few days later said he resigned in 2006 when he did not. So, now, who is in charge of Cuba?

The answer is not as simple as that. Being the megalomaniac and arrogant Fidel Castro has been all his life he doesn’t fit in the category of persons who resign, peacefully, giving up all his threads of power.

But if he did so.

How about his properties, his estate in Cuba, his houses and belongings?

Where are the funds his media and himself called “The Commander in Chief Funds”?

What is he doing? Who is paying to him and how much?

If he now a simple citizen of Cuba? If he is so then, why is he crusading through The Communist Party newspaper GRANMA against Obama’s administration? Is it a duty of a simple citizen or of a well know politician in charge of the international policy of a nation?

Who is in charge of Cuba now Fidel Castro said he step down of any single responsibility?

That could be a simple question very well answered in a very well structured democracy. But Cuba isn’t it and there are too many question marks around his future roles in his brother administration.

Meanwhile Fidel Castro will be around Cuba’s positions of power we, for sure, won’t be completely affirmative to put his name with a past tense verb attached.

It won’t be.