Do you know the one about Fidel Castro and the turtle? Cuba’s commandante was once offered a Galápagos tortoise as a gift. It was a tremendous offering — the creature can live more than 100 years. But Fidel refused. He protested, “That’s the problem with pets. As soon as you get attached to them, they die on you!”
Know even a shred about Cuba, and you’ll get the joke: Castro, at age 86, has weathered a revolution, battles, illnesses, and assassination attempts. He’ll last long, long, past the turtle, it seems. No wonder some call him “immortal until proven otherwise,” according to author, journalist and Cuba-whiz Anne Louise Bardach.
The United States, and many foreign governments, had expected communism to collapse…
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