Che is still very dead, Fred


But as the ailing (Fidel) Castro, now 81, fades from the political stage after emergency intestinal surgery last year, many Cubans appear more concerned with making ends meet in an inefficient state-run economy than following Che’s lofty ideals.

There’s more. In one of life’s sweetest ironies, some young Cubans are looking up to Che as a role model for rebellion–AGAINST the Castro regime he helped set up:

“Many of us idolize Che more than Fidel. He is a symbol of rebellion in Cuba too, not just for government supporters,” said Ruth, a computing student who asked not to be named fully. “The problem is Cuban society has gone down the drain.”

Down the drain, indeed.