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Some time back, in a comment on someone else’s blog, I suggested a semi-tongue-in-cheek but arguably useful alternative to voting in an American election: “…revolution, possibly beginning with an assassination…”

I mentioned no names, of course, but it didn’t take much working out.

Because the comment could have been construed as incitement to commit an act of terrorism, and because everyone knows that the CIA monitor the web, it was removed.

Are they watching UK television too?

Take note of the phrase: and any leader who is oppressing the people.

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Red or Dead

 The CIA has been trying to assassinate Fidel Castro since the 1959 revolution.

So far there have been 638 attempts, the most spectacular of which are detailed in a documentary by Peter Moore, to be screened shortly by Channel 4 in the UK, and in a book by former head of the Cuban secret service Fabian Escalente, whose job it was to foil the plots.

At one time the CIA recruited one of his ex-lovers, who was supplied with poison capsules, which she hid in a jar of cold cream.

The pills melted and she decided not to go through with it (feeding the great dictator with cold cream as he slept didn’t seem like a viable idea, I guess) but Fidel had already sussed her out and coolly offered her his own pistol.

“I can’t do it Fidel,” she said.

638 ways to kill Castro

Life without Fidel?

 Cuban ex-pats take to the streets of Little Havana, Miami in celbration, as news of Castro’s handover spreads. But is their jubilance premature?

This charming man

 So Fidel Castro is unwell; or is he?

He’s a man who has always wrapped himself up in myth and manipulated imagery.

He may be sicker than the Cubans are making out or he may not be ill at all.

Perhaps he’s even dead already.

If that is the case then those who would celebrate should think again: sinister brother Raul (pictured above with the great dictator in 2001) waits in the wings.

The youngest of the five Castro siblings, Raul is believed to have had contacts in the KGB as far back as 1955 and is thought to share that organisation’s methodology of the show trial, the mass grave and the bullet in the back of the head.

Peter Hitchens is not a commentator I often agree with but this is a remarkably readable article.

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