Castro is not an old man having a temper tantrum…

First things first: Fidel Castro’s letter criticizing Obama’s speech in Havana, will not — I repeat, will not — derail, stop or even slow down the process of normalizing relations between Cuba and the U.S. And that’s good.

But the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution would have had to be dead to remain silent about Obama’s visit, and particularly about his words at the Gran Teatro Nacional Alicia Alonso. Yet much to the frustration of so many who have gleefully announced his demise dozens of times, the older Castro is ill and fragile, but very much alive.

What Castro did with “Brother Obama”, published in Granma, the Cuban communist party’s newspaper last Monday, was to jump into the arena of public debate with a point of view that many would prefer to ignore.

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