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U.S. Officials: Fidel Castro Has Terminal Cancer

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posted on Nov, 13 2006 @ 05:47 AM
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According to the US, Fidel Castro is on his last leg of dictatorship and life itself as they believe he has terminal cancer and may not last past 2007. Officials will not talk publicly about how they glean clues to Castro's health, but U.S. spy agencies including physicians who study pictures, video, public statements and other information coming out of Cuba seem to think so.
 



www.foxnews.com
That dire view was reinforced last week when Cuba's foreign minister backed away from his prediction the ailing Castro would return to power by early December. "It's a subject on which I don't want to speculate," Felipe Perez Roque told The Associated Press in Havana.

U.S. government officials say there is still some mystery about Castro's diagnosis, his treatment and how he is responding. But these officials believe the 80-year-old leader has cancer of the stomach, colon or pancreas.

He was seen weakened and thinner in official state photos released late last month, and it is considered unlikely that he will return to power or survive through the end of next year, said the U.S. government and defense officials. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the politically sensitive topic.

With chemotherapy, Castro may live up to 18 months, said the defense official. Without it, expected survival would drop to three months to eight months.


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This could prove to be a very interesting scenario for the US, as it's wanted to have their foot in the Cuban door for many years. It will also be interesting to see if change happens immediately or is dragged slowly in the 'human rights' department by the Cubans themselves.

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posted on Nov, 13 2006 @ 08:26 AM
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It would appear the man is very ill.

He hasnt even been able to throw himself that BIRTHDAY PARTY he customarily does. :shk: Too bad, the world wont see how much Cuban people adore "father" by joining in the festivities/propaganda.

Goodbye Fidel, We hardly knew ya.



posted on Nov, 13 2006 @ 11:41 AM
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I remember when he was having surgery, didn't he sign over power to his brother or someone? Did he ever get that back? Is Castro still running things in Cuba?



posted on Nov, 13 2006 @ 01:07 PM
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posted by Hal9000

I remember when he was having surgery, didn't he sign over power to his brother or someone? Did he ever get that back? Is Castro still running things in Cuba? [Edited by Don W]



Yes. To Raul. His younger - by 2 years - brother. You know, looking back on it all, as I can, I’m of the opinion if the US had re-acted differently, Fidel would not have lasted a decade. But, we didn’t, and the Cold War worked to sustain him. I regard it a tragedy that the United States has caused the Cuban people to suffer endlessly because of the political philosophy of its leader.

Our capitalists leaders cannot afford to lest a socialist state prosper, especially in the Western Hemisphere.

I noticed 2 days ago the top Hamas figure in the Palestinian Authority government offend to step down if the Israeli and Americans would lift the embargo on Gaza. Not one word from the White House. Not one word from PM Olmert.. More misery for voting your conscience. God Bless America, Land of the Free, Home of the Brave.


[edit on 11/13/2006 by donwhite]



posted on Nov, 14 2006 @ 03:33 PM
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Ya know its easy to bad mouth Castro....we've been doing it for so long now it has become second nature. BUT its also easy to forget the exploitation (and corruption it fueled) of Cuba by American corporations and gangsters and their Cuban collaborators that fueled Castro's revolution. The simple fact is, if there is no cause to fuel them, revolutionaries rarely if ever succeed or last. Fidel Castro and Che Guvera were ideologues to be sure, but if the need was not there they would have never gotten anywhere.

The initial Cuban refugees of the late 50's were ruling class and exploiters...the ones who took part in the Bay of Pigs were the Contras of their day, and like the Contras of centeral America, they were only good guys because the "bad guys" were socialists and it was the cold war.



posted on Nov, 14 2006 @ 03:50 PM
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Fidel Castro wasn't that bad of a guy. He didn't have a great human rights record but he has done good things for the people of Cuba under a communist regime. They might not have the material goods that people in America might have but they have great health care and great education.

If the United States had lifted its embargo on Cuba after the fall of the Soviet Union the country would be in much better shape but that's what happens when become allies with your humongous neighbour's enemy.



posted on Nov, 14 2006 @ 04:03 PM
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He wasnt that bad a guy???



He deserves to die a painful death for what he did to Cubans.


And i'll add here that im a very compassionate person. No Cuban exile will ever forgive him for taking EVERYTHING Cubans worked so hard for.

Not one.


And for those of you who think just because Muaddib and i lived there during our youth, and really dont know anything, i beg to differ with you. But this is old now. Its been debated over and over and we cant make anyone here REASON.
Too bad.

[edit on 14-11-2006 by dgtempe]



posted on Nov, 14 2006 @ 04:13 PM
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Communism and socialism as seen as an ideal always looks good to the idealist. Would they work at all? I don't know but they haven't been to date so those systems are dying like the dinosaurs.

Fidel was the beginning and the end of the Cuban revolution and that is both a good thing and a bad thing.



posted on Nov, 14 2006 @ 04:28 PM
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Why would it be a bad thing?

Its not a bad thing for Cubans here or Cubans at home. At last their is hope that a dictator will die in a natural way, without anyone taking him out- paving the way for opening up some progress on that island. Why is that bad?

I get defensive about this just as Americans get defensive about Europeans minding our business here. You werent there to see what happened. You dont know what happened, and its my country so i should have a voice. And i do.
Also, his brother is a weak person- he doesnt stand a chance. Its time to go to hell and account for all the deeds.



posted on Nov, 14 2006 @ 05:16 PM
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Originally posted by grover
Cuba by American corporations and gangsters and their Cuban collaborators that fueled Castro's revolution. The simple fact is, if there is no cause to fuel them, revolutionaries rarely if ever succeed or last. Fidel Castro and Che Guvera were ideologues to be sure, but if the need was not there they would have never gotten anywhere.


I don't think you'll find many who deny the initial need to rid Cuba of Batista. But what Cuban's got was not what was promised. They never got their preciious freedoms and liberties, the dictators just shuffled.

And just to be clear, I think Che was just as bad as Fidel. At least in North America, Che is a symbol of revolution, he's an icon in a positive light. Fidel is the one who's smeared. But why? They are of the same ilk.

Hasta la victoria, siempre! - The revolution failed. They took over, sure, but what did they bring to the people? The got rid of American companies and influence, and rid of Batista, but what did they really get? What was the victory? I think The victory is more in view now than it ever has been. Making it through the Castro years is a victory in itself.


they were only good guys because the "bad guys" were socialists and it was the cold war.


Fidel is not a bad guy because he's a socialist. His political affiliation is a moot point in the context of what's happened in Cuba under his leadership.



posted on Nov, 14 2006 @ 05:31 PM
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AIGHT, pop quiz hot-shots;

Who is Bad-ER?

a.) G.W.Bush
b.) Fidel Castro
c.) Saddam Hussein

Tough choice ey?



[edit on 14/11/06 by Souljah]



posted on Nov, 14 2006 @ 05:33 PM
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Originally posted by Souljah
Who is Bad-ER?

a.) G.W.Bush
b.) Fidel Castro
c.) Saddam Hussein

Tough choice ey?



What's your point?
Are you trying to detract from the seriousness and the horrible things that have happened in Cuba under Castro? If not, really, what's your point.




[edit on 14-11-2006 by parrhesia]




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