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Old 01-16-07, 12:43 AM
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Fidel Castro is in "very grave" condition.

So, what do you guys suppose would change if he finally goes down, if anything?

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070116/...in_cuba_castro

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MADRID, Spain - Ailing Cuban leader
Fidel Castro is in "very grave" condition after three failed operations and complications from an intestinal infection, a Spanish newspaper said Tuesday.

The newspaper El Pais cited two unnamed sources from the Gregorio Maranon hospital in the Spanish capital of Madrid. The facility employs surgeon Jose Luis Garcia Sabrido, who flew to Cuba in December to treat the 80-year-old Castro.

In a report published on its Web site, El Pais said: "A grave infection in the large intestine, at least three failed operations and various complications have left the Cuban dictator, Fidel Castro, laid up with a very grave prognosis."

Cuba has released little information on Castro's condition since he temporarily ceded power in July to his brother, Defense Minister Raul Castro, until he could recover from emergency intestinal surgery, prompting much speculation and rumor in the country and around the world.

El Pais' report, which could not immediately be confirmed, was a rare detailed description from a major media outlet about Castro's condition.

The U.S. government had speculated that Castro could suffer from cancer — a supposition denied by Sabrido. Some U.S. doctors believed Castro was suffering from diverticular disease, which can cause bleeding in the lower intestine, especially in people over 60. In severe cases, emergency surgery may be required.

That idea was supported by El Pais, which reported that its sources said Castro had suffered a bout of the disease.

"In the summer, the Cuban leader bled abundantly in the intestine," El Pais reported. "This adversity led him to the operating table, according to the medical sources. His condition, moreover, was aggravated because the infection spread and caused peritonitis, the inflammation of the membrane that covers the digestive organs."

El Pais said that in December, when Garcia Sabrido visited, Castro had an abdominal wound that was leaking more than a pint of fluids a day, causing "'a severe loss of nutrients." The Cuban leader was being fed intravenously, the report said.

A statement attributed to Castro was released on New Year's Eve saying his recovery was "far from being a lost battle."

Cuban officials told visiting U.S. lawmakers last month that Castro does not have cancer or a terminal illness and will eventually return to public life, although it was not clear whether he would return to the same kind of absolute control as before.
And just for fun, the fall of Castro:


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(I'll add more dancing bananas when he finally kicks the bucket.)
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So what's new.
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Old 01-16-07, 09:13 AM
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All I know is that (since I work in downtown Miami) I *really* hope that when they do announce his death... it's on a weekend or overnight. I do not want to be here when it happens. It's going to be insane.
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The death of Castro might give the U.S. an 'excuse' to adopt a more realistic policy toward Cuba.
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One can only hope, but if Cuba makes a smooth transition to Raul being in power I doubt it.
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All I know is that (since I work in downtown Miami) I *really* hope that when they do announce his death... it's on a weekend or overnight. I do not want to be here when it happens. It's going to be insane.

Take a raft to Cuba. It will probably be more orderly there.

Hopefully, once the old fart croaks, the money will flow in and turn it into a Vegas-type destination for Americans.
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Red Dog says 'bring back Batista.'
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Isn't his brother going Raul going to take over. He's just as retarded, isn't he. So, I doubt much will change. Unless his brother has a different idea of how to run the country.
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Fidel's death might give Raul an 'excuse' to change Cuba's policy.
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Originally Posted by classicman2
Red Dog says 'bring back Batista.'

Sure. A 2.5 hour flight is far better than a 5 hour flight to hit a great gambling destination.
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I'm 10 minutes away from gambling centers.
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I said great gambling destination.
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I hope so, becuase Cuba is much closer than P.I. or Thailand for my sex tourism needs.
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As a vacation destination, Cuba is fine as it is. Please don't ruin it with "Vegas style" and Americans. Thanks.
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Okay. Maybe they can continue colonizing Montreal with more casinos and strip clubs.
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About every 5-6 years, my wife forces me to go to Las Vegas. We went last October. I never had such a lousy time in my life.
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I'd love to visit Cuba one day. I'm sure that will be a huge cruise ship destination if things open up again.
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Hopfully they don't mess with the economy.
Crappy economy = Greater chance of Donkey Shows.
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Originally Posted by Red Dog
I said great gambling destination.
Isn't it a gamble just going to Cuba?
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Old 01-16-07, 11:09 PM
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Originally Posted by classicman2
The death of Castro might give the U.S. an 'excuse' to adopt a more realistic policy toward Cuba.
Then the idiots will shift their Cuban policy to Venezuala.
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Not at these prices there aren't. Well maybe the Dominican Republic.
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