The ‘Guayabera Wars’ and the ramblings of a senile old man in Cuba
The Financial Times somewhat exposes the inane ramblings of the senile Fidel Castro as he wages the "Guayabera War" against President Barack Obama:
The “guayabera wars”
Fidel Castro may be old and infirm, but he hasn’t lost his ability to provoke and amuse. The Cuban caudillo’s latest sally is against Barack Obama and his plans to wear a guayabera – a tropical shirt that is Cuba’s official garment – during this weekend’s Summit of the Americas in Colombia. The irony is that the Communist-ruled island will not be represented at the meeting as it does not meet the democratic requirements of the Organisation of American States. Ecuador is skipping the meeting in protest.
“The curious thing, dear readers, is that Cuba is prohibited in that meeting; but the guayaberas, no. Who can stop laughing?” the 85-year old former president wrote in the latest of his rambling “Reflections”, which are published in Cuba’s official media.
The item has been picked up by several news wires. What none of them mention however (although it may be implicit) is that this time the joke is on Mr Castro.
I’m sure it is possible to find and purchase high-quality guayaberas in Cuba – although I’ve never found one. Rather, the world’s finest guayaberas are now made in Miami (although Mr Obama’s, reportedly, has been designed by a Colombian). Either way – be it Colombia or Miami – the point is that the finest guayaberas are no longer made in the country that claims them as their own.
What is to blame? Simple. The socialist means of production that Mr Castro pursued for almost five decades, semi-ruined the country, and which is now being partially reversed by his younger brother Raul. That joke, though, may well be lost on Mr Castro.