At a military parade where Cuba rolled out Soviet-era tanks and fighter jets, Raul Castro railed at increased hostility by the Bush administration and condemned the war in Iraq.I wouldn't exactly call that an olive branch, but it fits with something I've been saying for a long time, namely that no matter who or what succeeds Fidel Castro, a normalization of relations with Cuba will follow. With the Soviet Union dead, once Fidel is gone there'll be no reason not to resume relations with Cuba.
But he added: "We take this opportunity to once again state that we are willing to resolve at the negotiating table the long-standing dispute between the United States and Cuba."
Sunday, December 03, 2006
Reuters reports today that Raul Castro, Cuba's acting president and brother of ailing president Fidel Castro, extended an "olive branch" to the US: