After an eleven year absence and a 2002 date postponed without explanation, the great and wise munificent prince raul has announced that the Cuban Communist Party Congress will be held sometime in 2009. On the surface, this means nothing to the Cuban people; it is just a get together for the elite that has oppressed the nation of Cuba for 49 years. But as I read the article announcing this latest edict from the boy-prince, something popped out at me that made me curious:
In separate elections, the congress also chooses the first and second secretaries of the Communist Party, posts that since 1965 have consistently gone to Fidel and Raul Castro.
Thus, the next Congress will decide — unless he resigns first — what role if any Fidel Castro will hold in the party going forward. He quit the State Council in February when he declined to be reelected for health reasons.
You cannot have a dominant, murderous, and repressive regime without clear leadership. It is obvious that the prince has felt a sudden need to hold this party congress after nary a word about it for almost six years. Does the crown prince believe his brother, the self-crowned king, will still be around to be “re-elected.” Or, could it be that the un-dead dictator has finally gone to that great slave plantation in hell?
Just speculation on my part, but it is nice to imagine a certain dictator, with a penchant for beards and murdering innocent people burning in hell right now.