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... then their hearts & minds will follow

By Diogenes (articles ) | Feb 19, 2008

The BBC site has a slide-show on the career of Fidel Castro captioned by the following text:

Many liberal Cubans considered him an oppressive dictator. Thousands fled their homeland for the US, often on dangerous makeshift rafts. But Fidel Castro retained enough public support to become one of the world's longest-serving leaders.

In the case of a single-party state, when all opposition is subject to arrest and sundry forms of duress, it's not especially difficult to "retain enough public support" to serve as a "leader." A specimen of that witty British understatement, right?

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  • Posted by: - Feb. 20, 2008 8:52 AM ET USA

    I notice that this and several other news reports I've seen refer to him as the longest serving head of state. A very odd choice of words, that.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 19, 2008 11:26 AM ET USA

    Let's see. My voting ballet lists Fidel, Fidel, and Fidel. And the poll watcher reminds me that if I don't vote, he'll take my ration card and tear it to pieces. I guess I'm a very conservative Fidel supporter. Now that wasn't hard, was it?

  • Posted by: - Feb. 19, 2008 7:18 AM ET USA

    The chief crime of the liberal everywhere not being able to condemn even the mos hienous crime if commited by an ideological fellow traveler. The French Communits Part, but not just them, was a self appointed apologist of Stalins crimes aginst humanity. As far as I know they never apologized.

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