HAVANA TIMES — Some gossip hounds are saying Fidel Castro has been admitted to a military hospital and that, by the looks of it, has very little time left – that he won’t pull through this one.
Others say (somewhat tongue-in-cheek) that what happened on December 17, when the world was informed Cuba and the United States would normalize diplomatic relations after more than 50 years of conflict, blew his mind. The news was so incredible it seems Fidel’s legs gave way and he collapsed from the shock.
The fact is that it’s odd he hasn’t responded in any way, not with a long “reflection” or photos where we see him in sports apparel, next to the Cuban Five, who were exchanged for other spies and have finally returned home to end the soap opera with a happy ending, where nearly everyone cries of happiness and the people join in with tears of joy and smiles.
Even I shed some tears (I’m rather sensitive and effeminate). In my case, I cried not only because of the melodramatic nature of the situation but also on hearing Obama’s speech. It was great, from top to bottom! I loved the part where he said: “The United States believes that no Cubans should face harassment or arrest or beatings simply because they’re exercising a universal right to have their voices heard, and we will continue to support civil society there.”
(I can’t help but bring to mind visual artist Tania Bruguera and other people who were recently arrested in Havana’s Plaza de la Revolucion, while about the stage an artistic performance).
Even though the media and people in general are saying absolutely nothing about Fidel Castro’s absence, his prolonged silence is making many think that something serious has happened to him. As I’ve said, we know nothing of this fellow who loves cameras, speeches, reflections and being seen, even if it’s only through photos where it’s impossible to tell how poor his health is right now.
If he’s alive, I wish him a speedy recovery, so that he can get to see the beginning of these new relations with his age-old enemy. If he’s dying or already dead, let him rest in peace, if he can manage it. Amen.