Ed Driscoll


Armando Valladares, a writer who spent 22 years imprisoned in a Castro government gulag for opposing communism, says democracy will only return to Cuba when Fidel Castro disappears because there is no one in Cuba to replace him.

“It’s not like in the old Soviet Union where one secretary of the (communist) party would succeed another one. The dictatorship in Cuba is like all Latin American dictatorships, once the leader disappears, the dictatorship disappears,” he said.

I hope he’s right–it can’t happen soon enough.

For more on the horrors of Cuba, check out Jeff Jacoby’s ongoing, three part story of his recent visit there.