Things Are Not Looking Well In Cuba

What do you think, will the Cuban military put up with chavez security thugs usurping their position?

September 21, 2006: Things are not looking well in Cuba. Although he met privately for conversation and photo opportunities with many of the senior delegates, including Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro did not address the assembled delegates to the triennial conference of the “Non-Aligned Movement,” when they met in Havana September 11-16. In addition, he did not attend a banquet, that he was scheduled to host, for the senior delegates. This further strengthens the impression that Castro’s illness is far more serious than has been officially reported, and is likely to be terminal.

There also appear to be military and police preparations to cope with possible internal security problems when Castro dies. Among these have been very private talks with Venezuelan security officials, and even a hint that some of Chavez’ secret police may be brought in to Cuba to lend a hand. In short, the Castroite apparatchiks may not be entirely certain as to the reliability of their own troops and police. Apparently some Cuban military and political leaders, although supporters of the regime, are also staunch nationalists, and are wary of close ties to Venezuela, seeing Chavez as a dangerous adventurer, who could endanger Cuban security.

Read the article at Strategy Page.

3 thoughts on “Things Are Not Looking Well In Cuba”

  1. In 2004, there were approximately 7,300 Venezuelan “chavista students” (by now there are probably twice as much) spread out in “special schools” throughout Cuba. It seems that chavez has been infiltrating Cuba with Venezuelans for quite sometime now.

  2. ***

    Ziva–
    When people ask me if the situation in Cuba is going to change with fidel’s death, my answer is that most of the people that support the government are “fidelistas” not “comunistas”.

    In my opinion, many of those endure and support the crappy conditions do so out of fealty to fidel not for love of the revolucion.

    Like they say, he can charm the horns off a billy goat.

    It would be interesting to see what will happen when the Venezuelans invade.

    ***

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