Cuba

The Miami New Times Blog brings us more proof that Fidel Castro has too much time on his hands now that he has retired from dictating to the people of Cuba. He proposes that Osama bin Laden was a CIA agent! 
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The blogger at the Miami New Times appears to think that the death of Bin Laden at the hands of  U.S. Armed Forces precludes Castro's theory. However, I'm sure that he will continue to think of Osama as a CIA operative despite this event. After all, doesn't he believe us capable or evil enough to assassinate our own agent? Of course he does.

The greater question is, who really cares what Castro believes? Do the Cuban people even care anymore? 
 
 

Cuba

CNN AND OTHERS are reporting that Cuba's Fidel Castro has proclaimed that Bin Laden's killing was an assassination, a simple act of murder in front of the man's own family. Yes, that seems to cover the story pretty accurately and Fidel is right. 
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So? Bin Laden inspired, financed, led, and later praised the assassination of thousands of innocent men, women, and children. This is not idle speculation. He claimed "credit" on many occasions. It seems equitable to me that U.S. armed forces should exact justice in this manner. Just what is Castro's problem?

Actually, his problem is his hatred of the United States. It drives him. It inspires him. It is his raison d'être. How sad. It's a shame that he lost his way apparently because President Eisenhower snubbed him. 
Fidel was not a communist in those days regardless of what he later claimed. He was a syndical-anarchist, and later embraced communism only to attract the sponsorship of the Soviet Union when the United States began sponsoring his opponents. 

Fidel Castro inspired the revolution in Cuba to depose the dictator, Fulgencio Batista, and restore the nation's constitution, not to launch a communist state. Unfortunately, he lacked respect for the fundamental right and ability of the Cuban people to govern themselves and used his popularity to assume the role of dictator.  His paternal instincts are similar to all who have subjugated a people while pretending to administer their lives for their own good. Yes, the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

Now, after all of these years, condemning all actions of the United States has become as automatic as the patellar reflex that occurs when the doctor strikes your knee with his little rubber hammer. His once quick mind is now simply a morass of hate-filled utterances.

How sad...   
 
 

Writing

I HAVE A literary agent nibbling at the hook, and she wants another rewrite of Rumba. "Lose the prologue" and "make it a 'page turner'." Okay, who am I to argue.  
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I had used the prologue to introduce the protagonist and his internal conflict, and thus allow me to proceed at a more leisurely pace at getting into the story beginning in chapter 1. Well, it seemed like a good idea.

Hemingway is reputed to have said that a writer should "write drunk and edit sober." I wrote Rumba sober; I wonder now if Hemingway would advise to edit drunk?    
 
 

Terrorism

WHAT CAN I SAY? Hours must pass before anyone can think about the news past their initial emotional reactions. It will be days before the dust settles, and we have the facts. 
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For now, I am proud of the American Armed Forces who accomplished this mission. Not only have they brought a criminal to justice, but also, they have served warning to others that there is no sanctuary for terrorists. It will not stop terrorism, but it may help to deter it.

This is so different from the mission launched to rescue the hostages taken from the United States Embassy in Tehran, Iran, in 1979. Unlike then, we are not witnessing images of U.S. Air Force aircraft lying broken in the dessert after crashing into each other in a failed attempt to infiltrate a terrorist stronghold. Here we see success. Huzzah!