Monday, October 23, 2006

From their lips. . .


Is Fidel Castro dead?

According to Brazil's leftist President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, he is.

But perhaps Lula misspoke.

Last Thursday, Lula expressed disappointment that Castro had not implemented a "democratic opening" in Cuba.

"I am a lover of the Cuban revolution," Lula said in an interview with the Brazilian newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo.

"I only regret that Fidel Castro did not carry out a process of political opening while he was alive," Lula added.

Some reporters have dismissed the statement as a slip of the tongue.

But not everyone is sure.

Since mid-September, Cuban media have not released any pictures or vidoes of the ailing communist dictator.

"I think what he said is that he thinks; he thinks that Fidel is dying," Miami's NBC 6 quoted author and political analyst Carlos Alberto Montaner as saying.

We can only hope.