Party is Over (And Karma Came Knocking)

Saturday, July 25, 2009
After years of colluding with the Castro brothers to brutally and systemically violate the human, civil, and political rights of the Cuban people, newly released pictures of former Cuba Vice President Carlos Lage, Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque and senior Communist Party official Fernando Remirez de Estenoz, provide a vivid reminder of how in a police-state you never know which party will be your last.

Ironically, their "crime" was getting caught on tape making fun of Fidel and Raul Castro, but karma has a funny way of working.

Pictures of the former three senior officials during a party at the ranch of one of Castro's authorized business representatives, Conrado Hernandez, who is now in a Cuban jail for his relationship with Spanish intelligence officials, were anonymously delivered last week to Miami-based television host Maria Elvira Salazar.

Lage, Perez-Roque and Remirez were purged from their positions this past March, and their whereabouts since that time remain unconfirmed. For years, foreign businessmen, diplomats and the international media had considered them to be the "heirs apparent" of the Cuban dictatorship.

That party is definitely over.