First Raul Castro now Fidel Castro?

December 6, 2008

castroSome weeks ago, I read the reports where Raul Castro said during an interview with Sean Penn, he would talk with Obama at a neutral spot — GITMO.  Now Fidel Castro is proposing the same?  At first, I took it to be just the usual despot wanting to remind the new president what they will not tolerate.  Since the proposal from Raul came shortly after the election.

Fidel Castro, the former President of Cuba, has offered to talk to Barack Obama, in Havana’s latest overture to the US President elect.

“With Obama, talks could happen anywhere he wants,” the former head of the Communist regime wrote in the latest of a series of columns he has published in state-run media since falling ill in 2006.

His remarks follow an offer from his brother, President Raul Castro, to meet Mr Obama “on neutral ground” to try to end the 40 year long conflict between the two countries.

Now, I had to take a minute to pause and wonder why the hard solicitation for talks?  True Fidel included some of the same warnings as his brother

He should remember the carrot-and-stick approach will not work with our country,” he wrote. “The sovereign rights of the Cuban people are not negotiable.”

but I started thinking that the Castro brothers seem more than interested in speaking with out new President.  I think the Castro brothers see a hope in better relations with our new president.  I’m sure it has a lot to do with President Obama’s seriousness in regards to closing GITMO.

Raul, who replaced his ailing brother in 2006, has said several times he was willing to talk to the US.

In his most recent interview, with left wing actor Sean Penn in the US magazine The Nation, he suggested they meet in Guantanamo Bay, the site of the prison camp and where the US maintains a naval base considered by Cuba as a violation of its sovereignty.

Now that would be a sight to see, America having better relations with Cuba?  Should such a fete occur through President Obama that would go down in history as finally letting go of an old hate.  However, President Obama has demands as well.

…he [President Obama] would not support lifting the four decade old trade embargo until Cuba releases all political prisoners.  An independent human rights group has said that there are 219 prisoners of conscience on the island.


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