Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Old school propaganda

This feels like it came straight out of Moscow, circa 1983:

A Spanish surgeon who has just examined Cuban leader Fidel Castro said on Tuesday he is making a good recovery from intestinal surgery, does not have cancer, and could return to governing his country.

Castro's disappearance from the public eye after emergency surgery for intestinal bleeding in July sparked frenzied speculation about his state of health but surgeon Jose Luis Garcia Sabrido said the communist leader was in good condition.

This counterintuitive propaganda is something the Soviet regimes and their satellite states perfected. It is absurd, which is what makes it amusing. Expect an announcement in the coming weeks/months that the Comrade has developed a bad cold. He'll catch his death, so to speak.

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