Tuesday, January 16, 2007


The tyrant is always immortal until the day he dies. Dictators can never admit to being mortally ill, lest their underlings take the opportunity to hasten their passing:

Ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro is in “very grave” condition after three failed operations and complications from the intestinal infection diverticulitis, a Spanish newspaper reported Tuesday.

The newspaper El Pais cited two unnamed sources from the Gregorio Maranon hospital in the Spanish capital of Madrid. The facility employs surgeon Jose Luis Garcia Sabrido, who flew to Cuba in December to treat the 80-year-old Mr. Castro.

In a report published on its website, El Pais said, “A grave infection in the large intestine, at least three failed operations and various complications have left the Cuban dictator, Fidel Castro, laid up with a very grave prognosis.”

El Pais said that in December, when Dr. Sabrido visited, Mr. Castro had an abdominal wound that was leaking more than half a litre of fluids a day, causing “a severe loss of nutrients.” The Cuban leader was being fed intravenously, the report said.

Diverticulitis is an especially unpleasant illness, which is no doubt why Castro would not entrust his care to the tender mercies of the Cuban health care system that his regime's apologists endlessly praise.

Castro's guts have finally failed him.

The partying will begin in Miami three seconds after his underlings think it's safe to announce his death.

Source: Globe and Mail

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