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As Chavez takes his time, Havana rules Venezuela

Guillermo Martinez in the Sun-Sentinel:

As Chavez takes his time, Havana rules Venezuela

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/media/thumbnails/columnist/2007-07/1539973.jpgLatin American politics in the second decade of the 21st century are strange, to say the least. Other adjectives may apply. They reader may choose the most appropriate after reading this column.

Raúl Castro, the younger of two brothers who have ruled Cuba as their own sugar plantation for the last 55 years, assumed the presidency of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) on Monday.

The organization, organized to preclude the influence of the United States in hemispheric affairs, also has a charter that promotes democracy. Yet its president this year is the only dictator in Latin America.

Outgoing president, Chile's Sebastián Piñera, told the media that in a private conference with Castro he had asked the Cuban leader to help investigate the death of an ex-Chilean Sen. Jaime Guzmán, whose killers are supposedly living in the Caribbean island.

Yet nobody asked Castro about the dozens of Americans and hundreds of Cubans he was responsible for executing in Cuba. Or the thousands of Cubans killed or jailed. Those don't count; most of that happened several decades ago. Under that logic one should not judge Germany's Adolf Hitler too harshly either; the Holocaust took place more than 70 years ago.

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