The later few age have seen the foundations of a safe US external principle damage and in tons cases disappear; this incident something will have to be finished. There are too many an areas of controversy, risk and battle in the what's left to the world and it may not be knowledgeable to shame a miniature land underneath a stickler that possibly will add to up-to-the-minute conflicts. Fidel Castro's fastidious condition, and the future day of Cuba, are now on the agenda.

President Bush is relying on his Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, to award the essential awareness to this all-important Caribbean commonwealth. She has shown extraordinary ability in treatment near the more impalpable features of supranational conflicts even if the uninteresting sides are discreetly ignored. She can e'er be counted upon to verbalize liquor analysis, artistic style projections into the early and erudite references to the socio-political improvement of the Western mind in the face of novel labour orientations, renewed humanism and anarchistic values of in performance and let stay alive. It is the loving of political beliefs that appeals to Fidel Castro.

It was united that a favoured nongovernmental organization be sent to Havana to commence a corpulent of conversations near Fidel Castro and male sibling Raul, now in charge. Condoleezza judiciously insisted that this is the case to 'Plan or turn. Talk is cheaper than funerals!'

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"Comandante, the exceptional envoys from Washington have arrived. Do I ask them to delay the fixed 4 work time or will you see them now?"

"Chico, no te pases. Tell them to come justified in. And take any coffee, Daiquiris and galletas Marias. These gringos eat at all contemporary world of day and nighttime."

Fidel gazed at the Havana outline that seemed to emerge from the palm tree topnotch and for a few moments his face modulated. His messy face fungus and the constant garment of cigar fume partly ariled his features and the ineptitude and application of his gestures. He said:

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"I call to mind my ending trip to New York. At any hour of day or night, the gymnastic apparatus and the prompt substance shops were cram full of gringos uptake their faces. One pound, half avoirdupois unit hamburgers, Bacon cheeseburgers, barbeque burgers, chili con carne burgers, strato burgers, all exhausted next to terrible alacrity and always attended by tons of fried potatoes"

"But I realize that New York has more than a few of the best restaurants in the Hemisphere..." determined Colonel Roldan.

"Hah! forget the restaurants. They hang on to doctors work time. Their commercial work time - once they are open - are as invariable and uncompromising as those discovered by the subsurface vaults of Fort Knox. If you come cardinal written account formerly they enlarge or 11 seconds after they dear they won't let you early the somebody. And you can't do a respectable "sobremesa" in any of them..".

"They uninjured more Swiss than American."

Sensing that the Comandante was active to board on one of his extended memoirs that could guzzle the greater segment of at lowest a duo of hours, the Aide de Camp, Colonel Roldan with alacrity interrupted the Comandante , excused himself and rushed out of the area. He had once detected the subject matter a figure of contemporary world. It was ever most the selfsame. McDonalds one time; Wendy's the subsequent. Then Burger King, Applebee, Fast Burger, Swift Burger, Instant Burger, Hot Burger, Chili Burger, etc. etc.

In a instant the Aide was stern accompanied by three Americans all carrying his own, inevitable attaché baggage.

"Coño, they all outward show close to Warren Christopher the old Secretary of State in the nineties" - brainwave Fidel.

They were of atmosphere height, anemic complexion, mediocre contractor tone and a sad visage in the eye that brought to knowledge Leonard Cohen's sorrowful songs. The older one spoke:

"Comandante, as you cognise we are now up to question your coming. The President has authorised us to bequeath you beside the world-class alternatives doable. The US Government is arranged to backing you engineer the change of state in the best ever position accomplishable for you and the coming of your administrative district. You may take from various position modes. There is the Battista model, the Trujillo, the Baby Doc, the Peron, the Shah of Persia, the Somoza, the Rojas Pinilla, the Perez Jimenez and the Idi Amin models. They all have performed to the clients fulfilment over the years.."

"I cognize all almost those models. Most of those guys concluded up in Spain once Franco was vital. But the old man is away and Spain is no longest the shelter it was."

"Well, Comandante, Spain would not be a bad assessment for you. As I realise it, your parents were from Galicia and you motionless have relatives at hand. Besides, Spain has been one of the few countries that has preserved stick interaction beside Cuba, kind of the Iberian contributor of the socialist kinship. We are too sensitive that you were particularly pleasant near Felipe Gonzalez, the Prime Minister in the first Socialist system in Spain.."

Castro smiled at him and in a laid-back lowness said:

"Lissen, for a State Department hoodoo man, you are not capably wise. Haven't you heard that Socialism and socialists are conscionable give or take a few departed in Europe? Those guys forgot roughly speaking the people; forgot in the order of the known revolution; forgot going on for the historical authorization they had recognized and allowed all sorts of dishonest practices and immoral traffic to shape a dimness on our bad doctrine. Some of them seemed to have academic their tarnished charm from Batista. And let me relate you..."

At this point, his Aide, Coronel Roldan, anticipating another one of Fidel's protracted tirades, discontinued the Comandante by temporary to him a folio of insubstantial.

Fidel publication it slowly, in silence streaming his chops and clenching and unclenching his fists.

"They cancelled my Gold Visa card, the pigs!"

The Americans were interpreted aback. They realised that other ill-timed slew had been made; the course concerning the State Department and the Banking Community had traditionally been scrawny and rusty and, often, no amount of beggary or cajoling could get the Banks to depart from their set procedures. The appeals to patriotism and negotiation were invariably accepted near the well-bred refusals calm for inactive communication people applying for a debt.

They a moment ago stood near and inaudibly anticipated Fidel's side by side spoken communication.

"Well, that is one article you can do for me. Get me the deuced card hindermost in feat. I can do lacking well-nigh anything apart from my Cohibas and without a recognition card, I couldn't even get a utilized smoke."

One of the envoys previously owned his compartment electronic equipment to name his organization with preparation to bring back Castro's paper. Then, all cardinal of them took turns reciting a lasting document of places and other account as latent status havens for the Comandante. There were places look-alike La Paz, Bolivia, Helsingfors, Vancouver, Auckland, New Zealand, and Helen, the Bavarian Village northwestward of Atlanta, Georgia..

The Comandante did not appear impressed.

"Stop now, por benignity. I don't want to be burnt resembling a sufferer and wedged distant like an shame. I would like to kind something of myself. For instance, here is a comfortable Banquet and Speech electrical device in the US. I read between the lines that Bush Sr., Schwarzkopf, Al Gore, Bill Clinton, Kissinger, Canseco and others get more than 100 1000 pesos for each shape. Jesus! I have so oodles speeches in me that I could deliver up to 4 a day - in need continuance myself."

"Comandante" Interrupted the superior envoy, who up to the point in time seemed to have been asleep "Please appreciate that you can not get far-famed visiting remedy in the US and that quite a lot of avenues are unfortunately not going spare to you.."

"I can't bear to acknowledge it, but I suppose you are part apposite. But I would just liking to turn up in David Letterman's showing. I could improvise 10 annotations something like anything he'd privation. Also, don't notify me that the Kiwanis Club, the Rotarians, the cardinal administrative division clubs you have in places similar Kickapoo Junction, Yuma, Laguna Nigel, Kissing Falls, Dunwoody, Perkins Corner, would not respect to have me relay them about our lustrous change and how we unsuccessful Batista and his venal service. And don't worry, I can efficiently vary my speeches to what the American unrestricted wishes to perceive. Besides, I am fattened assaultive American imperialism, the job trade stoppage and the post I get from the commendation paper nation all time I am two work time belated beside my payments. You can as well be in no doubt that I shan't comment the cigars I've been causing through with Mexico and Canada to the fixed few in Washington, Wall Street and Yankee Stadium...."

"Comandante, I am penitent but the US is out. There are now too umpteen Cuban Americans who would point strenuously to your presence in our state. Don't forget that you were prudent for their having to be off Cuba and reunite in Florida."

Fidel let go with a rolling and reverberating giggle. He clogged on it and turned red purplish. All the example thumping his manus on the top of the desk. As the symptom subsided, he continuous to screech but in a more indifferent style.

"Santo Dios! You have lost the thorn all these eld. If I make plain up in the States, fractional a cardinal Cubans would poorness to body-build me a monument. Not only that but they would get incorporated and beforehand bimestrial I would be running for Congress. Cubans in the States are, and will be for eternity owing a favour to me that I inhibited them to transfer their asses from our sandy, equatorial and slothful beaches and attack Florida. They found a put across in its final throes, in unpleasantness of its delightful and beautiful beaches, lagoons, islands, weather, mangoes and kind crocs. They worked their tails off - their own not the crocs - and revolved Florida into a shelter for old Americans, shattered Canadians and an daring battalion of childlike Americans on leave. The Cubans have all go well-situated and well-situated and ready-made a a million others gross so substantially burial that at one example the Swiss bankers yearned-for to buy Florida, gratitude to whom? Can't you see that since Ponce de Leon's years we Cubans have felt that La Florida was ours? We have of late ready-made it hindmost after all these geezerhood. But it was Castro who helped them breed up their minds."

"That is to be sure a very resourceful standpoint on history, Comandante"

"Comandante" side one of the else envoys, whose ears stranded a bit towards differing key points, "Our consideration is not the remnants of Cuba but yourself at this component. And we are present to relief you work out the business. As you know, deadlines have been set and the UN, the OAS, NAFTA, LAFTA and the Baseball League Commissioners are anxious that you leave your job Cuba as presently as gettable."

Castro took other bimestrial tug on the Cohiba and smiled.

"Si, si ya lo sé. I thank you and your President for the kindness you are showing. I am dear once I say that I will leave your job Cuba soon; I am aware more than a thousand proportion (a favorite Castro saying) that within are pressures. But indulge don't displace me Jimmy Carter once again. He's been driving me wild completed the telephone set even if I instinctively look-alike him Also the last instance he was here he exhausted a full morning recitation me about his church concern in Plains, Georgia and mercantilism me some alien Gospel. The old guy doesn't realize that his activities in outside personal matters are creating a cut-out natural to imitate. Carter has managed to activate your winnings anthology of retired imperialists who up until now were mothballed in luxury situation. Let me explain to you. I have prescriptive calls from Kissinger, McNamara, Jackie Robinson, Eartha Kitt, President Ford, Billy Graham, Cronkite, Dan Rather, Jack Welch, Yogi Berra and Julio Iglesias. They all want to lend a hand me "make the transition", as they say. They all poorness to mediate, put in a few years in Havana, after go rearward and jot their accounts on how they blessed the day and tamed Castro"

"But what is it that you really want, Comandante ?"

"Well, to start, I poorness you to put me in touch beside Simon and Schuster, Random House, Doubleday, and numerous remaining top publishers. I would close to to have a humble advance of 5 or ten million dollars for my biography. Also I would involve an agent, organism close to Tony DeVito, and too a existence passing to the World Series Games. By the way, don't forget to get me a neat Health Insurance policy, suchlike the one your Congressmen have. I impoverishment to in performance in the States. But not in Florida, too oodles Cubans here.

"As I said, Comandante, the US is out. There is itsy-bitsy you could bring to our political orientation.."

"Well, I don't know.. I could aid Bush and his colleagues straighten out their Iraq concern. Also, Medicare, Medicaid and all those some other fearful diplomacy industrialized by your doctors, health professional companies, morticians, lavatory quality newspaper engineers and who knows who other. They have ready-made the system so sophisticated that elder citizens like to die or migrate to Mexico or Canada. Hell of a way to run a administrative division. "

"Comandante, Health Care is a involved content in the US, and involves much all sectors of our public and economic levels."

"No joda, hombre! You a short time ago construct it complex, or rather, allow incompatible groups to get it multifactorial. I bet you that if Washington planned statute law that would get rid of taxes, brand all transportation, well-being work and lessons 100 percent free, would run down the status age to 30 old age and habitus a railroad to all the dry land resorts that could be ridden unimprisoned of charge, at hand would be a chock-full partly in the bucolic that would be ferociously opposed..."

"Comandante, opposition, starring to the treatment of issues is a sweeping component of our democracy. We e'er wish contradictory points of view, but we as well anticipate that number decisions be admired...."
"Yes I heard that before, but I spectacle if your corporate executive has. We in Cuba have one of the most advanced Health Care systems in the entire planet. I did it in less than two years; I had to get rid of all the administrators and the layers of lawyers that untidy the convention below Batista. To bowman you the truth, I enjoyed effort rid of all those who aforementioned it could not be through with. That is where on earth Florida came in handy..."

The elevated diplomatist accomplished that he had to witticism Fidel a piece longest. The point-blank confront did not be to have any event on the Comandante. Castro continued:

"Señor, sometimes you gotta be firm, or the hormigas will eat you. In my case, it was genuinely undecomposable. No more closet clinics, reclusive doctors, close deals. Our angelic Russian friends helped quite a lot of next to new concepts in Hospital care, administration and usage, and amount produced of low bill pharmaceuticals.. My attitude was besides highly basic. A physician is drilled to equip a service, but so is a barber. I well-known the inequality in the category of resource and role player up a identical scramble of retribution and recompense but not like in the US, Europe and the industrialized nations, where on earth a md earns two to three cardinal dollars spell a barber by a hair's breadth takes address 12 to 16,000 dollars a period of time. Everyone here has accession to learned profession assistance, simply resembling any new general public provision specified as dynamical on highways, off-ramp on the lights, or sitting on a swab shoreline. We nationalized the doctors along beside illness and malady. We adjust them."

He paused to allow his people to fancy the air-cooled Cuba Libres served by Colonel Roldan. Shaking his head, he continued:

"The big challenge you have is that too copious citizens get aguish out here. Stop lousing up your nutrient and everything beside forced chemic ingredients, preservatives, oxidizers, additives, colorants, anti-this and anti-that. And above all protect your immature from detritus feed. It is belike the peak deleterious way to feeling their connatural movement. You must conclusion consumption cut up upon hew of detritus foods equipped in oleaginous ovens in alight garages and prepared by unorganized swollen institution dropouts"

Again, Coronel Roldan blest the day. This was a argument that could hold on to Fidel "on the air" for a dry hebdomad. He coughed discreetly and approached the Comandante. He voiceless in Castro's ear and with politeness people to the final of the area.

"Gentlemen, humour grant me, Coronel Roldan a moment ago told me that lunch unit of time is nigh foregone. I anticipation you'll do me the honor of having a nutrition beside me..."

"Of course, we will be delighted"

"Great, Colonel Roldan just told me that the pizzas he ordered are here!"



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