Fidel Tweets--Castro, Reinvented for Twitter, Reflects on Everything
MERIDA, Mexico -- Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro was renowned for his long speeches. Indeed, he is listed in the Guinness Book of Records for the longest speech ever delivered at the United Nations: In September 1960, Castro spoke before the General Assembly for four hours and 29 minutes.
It is surprising to see that the verbose man has now settled on issuing “reflections” that consist of a couple of sentences. Not since the Ayatollah Khomeini’s quotations were published in Paris after the triumph of the Islamic Revolution in 1979, have the sayings of a world figure caused as much amusement as have Fidel Castro’s “reflections.”
Ayatollah Khomeini’s sayings were both expected--“America is the great Satan, the wounded snake”--and, at times, quite shocking: “If one commits the act of sodomy with a cow, an ewe or a camel, their urine and their excrements become impure, and even their milk may no longer be consumed. The animal must then be killed and as quickly as possible and burned.”
In contrast, Castro’s reflections are more mundane. Designed for the Age of Twitter--the reflections appear to be intended to be fewer than 140 characters—Castro’s ideas span the mind of an 85-year-old man, who fears becoming irrelevant.
Here are the thoughts that occupy a Dictator in retirement:
June 20, 2012: I respect all religions even though I do not profess them. Human beings, from the most ignorant to the wisest, are looking for an explanation for their own existence.
May 30, 2012: The filmed scenes of the massacre in Libya, starting to be seen, offend for their total absence of humanism and the crass lies that served as an excuse for invading and taking over the natural resources of that country. With more than 25,000 combat missions, NATO air forces backed up the monstrous crime.
May 15, 2012: No political event can be judged outside of the era and the circumstances in which it took place. No one even knows one percent of the fabulous history of Man; but thanks to history, we know about occurrences that go beyond the limits of the imaginable.
April 18, 2012: I took a good look at Obama in the famous “Summit Meeting.” Sometimes he was overcome by tiredness, he unwillingly shut his eyes but, at times, he slept with open eyes. The Cartagena Summit was not a meeting of a trade union of misinformed presidents, but a meeting among official representatives of 33 countries of this hemisphere.
January 26, 2012: Cuba found itself forced to fight for its existence against an expansionist power located a few miles off its coast that had declared the annexation of our island and that believed our destiny was to fall into their lap like a piece of ripe fruit. We were condemned to cease to exist as a nation.
January 14, 2012: Yesterday I had the satisfaction of having a pleasant conversation with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. I had not seen him since 2006, more than five years ago, when he visited our country to participate in the 14th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement of Countries in Havana. During the summit, Cuba was elected for the second time as president of the organization for a three-year term.
November 2, 2011: I am taking a brief pause in my political analyses to dedicate this space to the exploits of our Cuban athletes at the Sixteenth Pan-American Games. The Olympic Games and the international sports competitions revolving around them and which arouse such interest for billions of persons, have a beautiful history that should be remembered not for having been abused.
May 7, 2011: The men who executed Bin Laden did not act on their own: they were following orders from the U.S. Government. They had gone through a rigorous selection process and were trained to accomplish special missions. It is known that the US President can even communicate with a soldier in combat.
April 29, 2011: The world has not yet reached the point, which, in my view, is an essential condition for the survival of our human species: access by all the peoples to the material resources of this planet. There is no other in the Solar System that we know that has the most elemental conditions for life.
April 1, 2011: Yesterday, because of a lack of time and space, I did not write one word about Barack Obama’s speech on the Libyan war that he gave on Monday, March 28. I had a copy of the official version that the US administration had provided to the press. I underlined some of his statements. I went through it again and concluded that it was not worth wasting too much paper on.
February 13, 2011: After 18 days of tough struggle, the Egyptian people achieved an important objective: overthrowing the main United States ally in the heart of the Arab nations. Mubarak was oppressing and pillaging his own people, he was an enemy to the Palestinians and an accomplice of Israel, the sixth nuclear power on the planet, associated with the war-mongering NATO group.
January 19, 2011: If the millions of tons of soy and corn being invested into bio-fuels are routed towards the production of foods, the unusual rise in prices would cease and the world`s scientists would be able to propose formulae that might in some way or other halt and even reverse the situation. We have lost too much time. The time has come to do something now.
December 14, 2010: Julian Assange, a man who was known by very few people in the world a few months ago, is showing that the most powerful empire that ever existed in history can be challenged.
November 25, 2010: An unusual meeting took place at the United States Capital Building between a group of U.S. legislators from the fascist right and Latin American leaders from the rightwing oligarchy and coup promoters to discus the overthrow of the governments of Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador and Nicaragua.