I was in HS then and Castro's revolution was one of the great romantic revolutions of the day. It is unfathonable how a baseball fanatic like castro could become one of the great despots in our hemisphere. He could have allied himself with the communists and remained independent, socialist and democratic or at least he could have tried. Looking back over time, he must have been a communist all along like Lenin and masked the evil side until he gained 100% power. In any case we can all agree that history has passed him by and its time to go, one way or the other.
RE: the mideast My feeling is that Netanyahoo made a fundamental mistake in my view, by undercutting his PM in a wartime situation. I hear of new alliances forming between Labor, the Sharansky party, and realists in Likud that will isolate Bibi. Netanyahoo is an offshoot of that ultra religious Brooklyn Jewish community that became the heart of the the settlement movement--Greater Israel/Judea and Samaria. Sharon is pre-that movement and althought he may covet that land for political/military reasons, he is not wedded to that concept the way the religious right in Israel is. YOur thoughts Fred and jerome of course. mike