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Advice for Fidel (english)
27 Dec 2002
Waiting for an invitation.
December 27, 2002
Somewhere in the Fourth Reich
Dear Fidel,
How are things in Havana?  Is the revolution
going well?  Things could be better here.  Unemployment is high, fewer
and fewer Americans have access to healthcare, limits on freedom are increasing,
and the storm clouds of war are rising on every horizon.
I enjoy reading your newspaper.  Granma isn't
exactly what I'd call a fountain of creativity, but it is an alternative to our
own resident government choir that passes for a free press.  I hear your
economy isn't doing well either.  Aside from your medical industry, you
appear to be stuck in agrarianism.  While I realize it must difficult
living under the oppression of the world's biggest bully, I don't think the
embargo is the only cause of your suffering.
What you need, old friend, is a little advice. 
I'm sure you have your advisors, but take a look around you, things have been
pretty much going nowhere since your revolution.  Your great country has
been a fountain of creativity in the form of human exports to Miami and the US
has benefited.  You no longer receive the aid -  technological,
economic, and humanitarian - that you once received from the former USSR. 
You need to consider other options.  I have just the suggestion for you.
The best and brightest of the United States, Mr.
Castro, are currently unemployed.  Due to imports of foreign engineers and
scientists, American unemployment lines have experienced a ten fold increase in
average IQ.  American collage students face flipping burgers rather than
applying their higher education.  Dissident Americans are frustrated with
the rising Bushista fascism.  Some of us would happily trade an expensive
apartment in some run down American city under the jack boots of the Fourth
Reich for a nice grass hut by the beach.
We could be your analog to the Miami Cubans. 
You could help us set up a large radio transmitter in Havana and we could
broadcast Radio Free America to the gringos back home.  From time to time
we could load up a small airplane with anti-Bushista literature and invade the
airspace of los Estados, dropping leaflets over the skies of Miami.  I
could use a good Cuban cigar.
With an invasion of American engineers, scientists,
and dissidents, I'm sure we could produce many profitable industries for your
island.  Software design, development, and exportation is a win-win
enterprise all around.  CubaSoft, user friendly software derived from the
open source community, might be just what the world needs!
I realize there would be drawbacks.  Your way of
life would have to change, but let's face it, you won't be around forever. 
I doubt we would be any less provocative on Cuban soil than we are on American
soil, but what has strict adherence to your Stalinist ways brought you anyway -
stagnation?  Your well indoctrinated circle of power seekers would be
threatened by the new blood.  I can understand that.  However, they
have no future anyway.
My friend, its time to think beyond old methods and
strategies.  You need to open yourself to bold new steps and the randomness
that they would bring.  On your current course, you can only lose.  It
would be in your best interest to make a public statement supporting America's
dissidents.  It would be in Cuba's best interest to invite Bush's oppressed
and downtrodden to your shores.  Give us refuge and we will give you new
hope.  Give us a home and we will give you a future.

Joe Rebel
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