I think it's safe to say that the death knell tolls for Castro - if he isn't already dead. But what will his death mean to the island? Will his brother embrace democratic reform in the hopes of rehabilitating political relations with the United States? Or will he be as dictatorial and oppressive as the despot he succeeds?
My mother - some time ago - ended a fifty year childhood friendship with someone who spoke unfavorably of the United States while at the same time eulogizing the almost fifty-year domination of Fidel Castro. Yesterday, when I spoke to her, she had high hopes for the future of Cuba since Castro resigned the presidency, but I'm trying to keep her enthusiasm in check.
I have heard that his brother, Raul, has all kinds of perverse and disturbing idiosyncracies that he keeps well hidden from public view. Could this deviant be the crack in the wall of totalitarianism that lets democracy shine through in Cuba?