Tuesday, September 7, 2010

High Fidel-ity

Jeffrey Goldberg was invited to Cuba to talk to Fidel Castro about his article about an impending bombing of Iran. Strange details abound, but this is a particular standout:

After this first meeting, I asked Julia to explain the meaning of Castro's invitation to me, and of his message to Ahmadinejad. "Fidel is at an early stage of reinventing himself as a senior statesman, not as head of state, on the domestic stage, but primarily on the international stage, which has always been a priority for him," she said. "Matters of war, peace and international security are a central focus: Nuclear proliferation climate change, these are the major issues for him, and he's really just getting started, using any potential media platform to communicate his views. He has time on his hands now that he didn't expect to have. And he's revisiting history, and revisiting his own history."

"Any media platform." Think of the implications. As a lurid curiosity, a Fidel Castro Facebook or Twitter account could put Sarah Palin's to shame. Better yet, they could engage in an internet arms race. Their Wall-to-Wall, their back-and-forth tweeting; Cold War flaming.

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