Altimens EU Kommissionen ifølge Ritzau har travlt med at sende officielle "God bedring"-kort til Cubas
store gamle leder diktator Fidel Castro,* vil jeg lige følge op på gårsdagens citat fra Wall Street Journals leder med en klumme fra samme avis' elegante kommentator, Peggy Noonan. Hun skriver i dag i "No Más: Castro may be dead. It's time to kill Castroism":
"It has long been my bitter hunch that the man I can't help think of as the last monster of the 20th century, Fidel Castro, creator and warden of the floating prison to our south, would die of old age in a big brass bed, a snifter of brandy in one hand and a good cigar in the other. No firing squad, no prison. He'd leave thinking he got away with it all. He had that kind of luck. The devil takes care of his own.
I hated that hunch.
Now Cuban authorities say Castro has temporarily stepped down due to ill health. And it is possible this is true. It is just as possible that Castro is dead, and that what we are witnessing is not the graceful and temporary relinquishing of power–that would be unlike our Fidel, whose frozen fingers would more likely have to be peeled off the steering wheel with the back of a hammer–but the spinning of the death of a monster whose sudden departure might shock the people of Cuba into something like movement toward progress. And so Fidel is "sick" and his brother "stepping in." One suspects that in the coming weeks Castro will "take a turn for the worse," and that Raul Castro will take to hurried midnight visits to an empty hospital room, offering afterward to the waiting media both color coverage and play by play: "The tubes have been taken out. He mouthed the words, 'Tell the people I love them, and leave them in good hands.' "
Then, once the spontaneous mourning demonstrations have been arranged, will come word of his passing."
Hi-hi. You go, girl!
* Plejer EU iøvrigt at gøre det til lidende diktatorer? Eller er man lidt selektive m.h.t., hvilke diktatorers helbred og fødselsdage, o.s.v., man vil lade ledsage af lykønskninger?