Wednesday, May 19, 2004

¡Long live Castro!

According to this report in the Sydney Morning Herald, there's a conference in Havana these days on "satisfactory longevity." You see, Cuba actually has one of the highest rates of life expectancy in Latin America (76.6 years) which is just below that of the United States (77.4 years), according to the CIA World Factbook.

So Castro's physician, Dr. Eugenio Selman Housein -- who believes "people are capable of living five times the number of years it takes for the human body to fully grow - which he said is around 25 years" -- told the audience that Castro is not only in excellent health, but that he can live at least 140 years.

Hmmm... I wonder how long it will take for this little bit of "news" to filter down to Schafik Handal, who's always looking for good reasons to praise the wonders of Cuba. And I'm sure, as a devout follower of Castro, Schafik also feels entitled to the same rights of longevity -- and control of the FMLN party apparatus.