El Coma-andante tweets — sort of — to bemoan change and the fate of a former communist dictator

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From the Spanish newspaper ABC:

Fifo has begun to tweet.  Sort of.  And maybe the author is someone else.  Maybe.  No one is sure if these pseudo-tweets are his, for real.  But in a land where everything is a lie, does that matter?   Besides, Fifo has now transcended reality, and even magical realism.

A walking corpse who writes opinion pieces from hell, filled with inanities that would never get anyone’s attention if written by a sane, fully-functioning human being, Fifo transcends the factual realm, and history.

He transcends fairy tales too, for, unlike the naked ruler in “The Emperor’s New Clothes” Fidel wears track suits nowadays, instead of his olive green uniform.  The emperor in the fairy tale was at least fooling himself and no one else; Fifo still manages to fool many with his track suits.

As he waits for the grim reaper and the Prince of Lies to claim his soul, he transcends Kafkaesque absurdity too.   These new pseudo-tweets are way too long.  Real tweets are limited to 140 characters;  Fifo’s latest pseudo-tweet contained 352 characters.  Probably the shortest statement ever uttered by him.  And further proof of how he loves to make up his own rules.

But these aren’t even real tweets.  These brief gems — officially named “FC’s”– are available only in the website Cubadebate.  Not even the printed edition of Granma carries them.  So, knowing how things work in Cuba, where hardly anyone has access to the web, these are aimed at the few  apparatchiks who do have web access, and at foreign idolaters and fools.

His latest “FC” is a nauseating tribute to former East German dictator Erich Honeker.   It speaks for itself.  In a sane and just world, this text alone would be sufficient proof of his his love for repression.  But, of course, it will be ignored.

This homage to Honecker does raise questions, though, regardless of authorship.  Why this theme?  Why praise Honecker’s “revolutionary” steadfastness in the face of Gorbachev’s betrayal of the true faith?  Why does “Fifo” need to express solidarity with Honecker at this point in time?  Why carp so mournfully about this age being “infinitely full of change”?   Why use that most fearsome of words, “change”?  Does “he” see the end approaching?  Does “he” see those around him, including Raul, as Gorbachev-like traitors?   And if it is not really Fifo, who’s doing all the complaining and mourning?   There is also a theological question embedded in this pseudo-tweet:  how can “he,” of all people, speak ill of anyone who sells their soul to the devil?

For those who don’t read Spanish, here is a translation:

Unforgettable Conduct

The most revolutionary German I’ve ever known was Erich Honecker.
Every man lives in his era.  The present era is infinitely changeable, if it is compared with any previous age. I had the privilege of observing his conduct when he had to pay the bitter debt incurred by that man [Gorbachev] who sold his soul to the devil for a few shots of vodka.
I have the deepest possible feeling of solidarity with Honecker.
The most revolutionary German I’ve ever known was Erich Honecker.

Every man lives in his era.  The present era is infinitely full of change, unlike ages past.  I had the privilege of observing his conduct when he had to pay the bitter debt incurred by that man [Gorbachev] who sold his soul to the devil for a few shots of vodka.

I have the deepest possible feeling of solidarity with Honecker.

Fidel Castro Ruz

Erich Honecker in Havana
Erich Honecker in Havana

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