Fidel Castro Urges Communist Party to Continue His Vision as He Nears Death
It appears that Fidel Castro's days are numbered. The Cuban revolutionary addressed the Communist Party on Tuesday, telling members that he is nearing the end of his life and encouraging them to keep his ideas, many controversial, alive past his death.
"I'll be 90 years old soon. Soon I'll be like all the others. The time will come for all of us, but the ideas of the Cuban Communists will remain as proof on this planet that if they are worked at with fervor and dignity, they can produce the material and cultural goods that human beings need, and we need to fight without a truce to obtain them," Castro said in his longest public appearance in years.
Perhaps the actual purpose of Castro's speech was to remind the people that even when he is physically gone, communism will continue to reign in Cuba, an ideology many cubanos supported prior to 1959, when the primary goal was for Castro to defeat dictator Fulgencio Batista.
Castro made his points as the government announced his brother Raul Castro will continue to uphold the Cuban Communist Party's highest post along with his second-in-command.
The former Cuban leader's urgency around maintaining his vision comes as growing relations between the country and the U.S. put it at risk. Castro has been critical of warming relations and particularly of President Barack Obama's historic visit to the Caribbean island last month.