posted on Nov, 21 2005 @ 11:38 PM
When Fidel Castro dies, I can foresee a power struggle. This would, in all likelihood, be the most pivotal time for Cuba. Since Fidel sort of "ran
the whole show" through a cult of personality, there would be quite a vacuum left in Cuban politics. Even if Fidel's "brother" ( I didn't even
know he had one) took over, there would still be the issue of "his" age and, of course, the sort of person that "he" was. He could even be
tyrannical (and not in a benevolent way).
Holding elections would be inevitable and this would be the moment when a popular opposition could possibly enter the fray through popular acclaim.
Of course, just like Castro did, the opposition could be "squashed" but, nevertheless, this could be the moment when independence and democracy
could become reality. It might happen through the ballot but it could very well take a violent turn and Castro's death might be the sign that it
could trigger this move. Hopefully the populist movement, now underground, will rise up with demonstrations and a nation-wide demand for truly free
elections and genuine democracy instead of the autocracy and cult of personality that they have been governed by for the past fifty years.