Sunday, September 04, 2005

e.thePeople : Article : What is Cuban President Fidel Castro's secret?

~` Yes, Totalitarianism works well in War and emergencies.

["Mussolini made the trains run on time" is the classic pol-sci quote.]

We must remember that our freedoms come with a price.

Today that price is
a President who is grossly under
qualified to handle emergencies.

{ Anyway , I though that is why we had Cheney as Veep,
to handle the hard stuff !}


"What is Cuban President Fidel Castro's secret?"

posted 09/04, by bocamp22

Last September, a Category 5 hurricane battered the small island of Cuba with 160-mile-per-hour winds. More than 1.5 million Cubans were evacuated to higher ground ahead of the storm. Although the hurricane destroyed 20,000 houses, no one died.

What is Cuban President Fidel Castro's secret? According to Dr. Nelson Valdes, a sociology professor at the University of New Mexico, and specialist in Latin America, 'the whole civil defense is embedded in the community to begin with. People know ahead of time where they are to go.'

'Cuba's leaders go on TV and take charge,' said Valdes. Contrast this with George W. Bush's reaction to Hurricane Katrina. The day after Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, Bush was playing golf. He waited three days to make a TV appearance and five days before visiting the disaster site. In a scathing editorial on Thursday, the New York Times said, 'nothing about the president's demeanor yesterday - which seemed casual to the point of carelessness - suggested that he understood the depth of the current crisis.' "