With the White House race in full gear, former Cuban President Fidel Castro, said it is a pure miracle the United States Democratic candidate for President, Barack Obama, has not suffered the same fate of civil rights activist Martin Luther King, assassinated in 1968.
"It is a pure miracle that the Democratic candidate has not suffered the fate of Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and others who harbored dreams of equality and justice in recent decades," the Cuban leader said in his newspaper column "Reflections."
In the article that discusses the elections to be conducted in the United States next month, Castro also claims that there is still "deep racism" in the U.S. and that "the minds of millions of whites have not reconciled with the idea that a black person with a wife and children could occupy the White House, which is ironically named: White, he said.
He said the Democratic Party could be getting into "the habit of looking at its opponent calmly and laughing at the predicament of a dialectical opponent that looks to nothingness," referring to Republican John McCain in typical poetic Castro style. He described McCain as "one of the worst students in his course at [the military academy in] West Point," and "knew nothing of Mathematics, as he said himself, and presumably even less would he understand complicated economics."
Using his skillful handling of sarcasm, Castro said that "what McCain has in abundance is years (72), and his health is not at all sure."
Castro warned that "without doubt, he [Obama] is more than his opponent in intelligence and serenity."
Sparing nothing the leader of the Cuban Revolution said, "If something were to happen to the health of the Republican candidate, if elected, [he will be replaced by] the rifle lady, an inexperienced former governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, president of the United States."
The former President then distributed slaps equally to both candidates saying that the candidates "are trying to persuade confused voters (...) without the slightest intention of [effecting] real change in what they consider the most perfect economic system that the world has ever known."
Regarding the current financial crisis, Castro believes that the rescue measures taken by the Bush administration, "will bring more inflation, further devaluation of local currencies, most painful loss of markets, lower prices for export goods, and more inequalities."
Castro predicted that "when the functioning of banks returns to normal, the imperialists would return to private business, as they did in a few other countries in this hemisphere."
He concluded: "The people always pay the bill."
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