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So, You Still Think There's An Embargo - XXIX
Wednesday, August 23, 2006 By: Juan Paxety
raul offers the embargo busters hope
Is the political demise of fidel the end of the half-assed embargo? It appears as though raul "Li'l Calig" castro is trying to give the anti-embargo crowd some help. Here's a story from All Headline News
Raul Castro Open To Relations With The U.S.
August 22, 2006 3:15 p.m. EST
Matthew Borghese - All Headline News Staff Writer
Havana, Cuba (AHN) - Raul Castro, the acting President of Cuba, says he is open to reinstituting diplomatic relations with the United States.
However, Fidel Castro's brother, who was put in command while the revolutionary leader recovers from a surgery, says he remains vigilant against possible or perceived threats from America.
Raul says, "we have always been disposed to normalize relations on an equal plane," although, "some of the empire's war hawks thought that the moment had come to destroy the Revolution this past July 31. They should be very clear that it is not possible to achieve anything in Cuba with impositions and threats."
"We could not rule out the risk of somebody going crazy, or even crazier, within the U.S. government. What we do not accept is the arrogant and interventionist policy frequently assumed by the current administration of [the U.S.]"
Raul adds, "In reality, we are totally unconcerned by the hypothetical influence of this crude and abysmally made propaganda. That is not what this is about; it is above all a matter of sovereignty and of dignity. We would never passively allow the consumption of that aggressive act, and that is why we interfere with it."
In response, U.S. Department of State spokesman Tom Casey says, "I don't think we're particularly enamored of the first words we heard from 'Fidel Light."'
As for the 80 year old Fidel Castro, his brother says he is undergoing a "satisfactory and gradual recovery" from intestinal surgery, July, 31.
Colaboración de Paul Echaniz
As for the crazies in the U.S. government, Val at Babalublog was invited to participate in a White House conference call yesterday, and tells us what was discused here.
Update - Val reminds us of the language in HR 927 regarding the need for a new, free government.