Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Cuba; Kosovo

There are plenty of media reports about the resignation of Fidel Castro, such as this one on CNN. His resignation letter is here.

This was the closest Communist country for decades, and Castro’s coziness with the Soviets in 1962 led to the Cuban Missile Crisis in October, the closest we ever came to all out nuclear war. The only other incident in recent decades of comparable risk to the United States is 9/11, if that. The Crisis was dramatized in the New Line film “13 Days,” in 2000. And the whole incident may have started with the abortive “Bay of Pigs” in 1961 and may have been involved in the Kennedy Assassination in 1963.

The rise of Castro motivated the recent Andy Garcia film “The Lost City,” and an earlier film about a gay artist from Cuba, “Before Night Falls.” The pre-Castro period inspired "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights," as well as another film from Cuba about pre-Castro in last year's international film circuit, "The Silly Age."

Before Castro, Cuba as a whole may have enjoyed a higher standard of living than did Spain.

Michael Moore ended his film “Sicko” with a laughable sequence about how great health care is in Cuba.

In 1980, the gay communities, particularly in Texas, Florida, and the South actually prepared to house a lot of Cuban refugees, many of whom were thought to have left because of anti-gay policies in Cuba.

The US has recognized Kosovo, but the CIA website does not yet have a separate fact sheet on it as an independent country. Even before the declaration, it had been considered as “de facto independent. Wikipedia already has an entry on the independence declaration here. One wonders how the autonomy compares with other areas of the world, like the Basque area of Spain (which I visited in 2001).

The one big film recently that dealt with Milosevic’s fall was “Behind Enemy Lines” starring Owen Wilson, in 2001. The Balkans were a major issue early in the Clinton years, with a major Time issue in 1993 simply titled "Bosnia."

1 comment:

USpace said...

Interesting angle. Cool. Castro is human garbage who has killed thousands of innocent Cubans in his failed pursuit of a communist paradise.

absurd thought -
God of the Universe says
Castro was BRILLIANT

like Marx, Lenin and Mao
he helped redefine EVIL

absurd thought -
God of the Universe says
celebrities are GUILTY

of having talent and luck
so they must praise dictators

absurd thought -
God of the Universe says
never admit you were wrong

Communism’s FANTASTIC
BEST false ideology

absurd thought -
God of the Universe says
keep your people poor

deny them decent health care
convince them they have it GREAT

Fidel Castro
murderous tyrant
- fools' hero

communist freedom killer
imprisons many poets...