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Raul, On With the Revolution

The world, or at least that part of it that reads the New York Times, was shocked today when it was announced that Raul Castro – brother dearest, who introduced Fidel to communism – has taken command of Cuba in the wake of Fidel’s near death experience. Raul is expected to continue to provoke the freedom loving people of the United States of America until he too turns up a corpse, which should not take long, according to respected actuaries; Castro’s brother, very nearly an animated corpse himself, though he is said to be a pragmatist (like William James), is pushing 78. Waiting in the wings are Castro’s sons; the head of Fidel’s secret police, the honorable Gen. Abelardo Colomé Ibarra, the Cuban revolution’s Lavrentiy Pavlovich Beria; and the promise of science, communist style, which holds out the possibility that a cutting from Lenin’s beard may be used to revive his corpse, giving birth to a new and henceforth immortal leader of the world-wide communist revolution. Lenin is dead; long live Lenin. Castro is dead (almost), long live Castro.

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