"He's eighty some-odd years old, has had more than a few surgeries, has been out of his beloved limelight for 18 months, has been reportedly pretty ill and bedridden and must be taking a slew of meds and just the other day reported that he was done with the leader of the country thing. And yet, he still has the wherewithal to sit down with his protegé [Hugo Chávez] and discuss such complex issues as the integration of two countries into one! The man is a horse, folks! A Cuban X-man!" — Val Prieto, "Must be the Spinach or the Bionic Tracksuit," Babalú, December 21, 2007
How many times has Val Prieto killed and resurrected Fidel Castro this year, let alone in the span of his blog? More than we can remember. At Babalú that's known as building an audience. That this is also playing into Castro's hands, discrediting his enemies and fostering the myth of his indestructibility, is also quite obvious. What we had not suspected is that Val is actually overawed by Castro's seeming invulnerability, really the product of diverting all the king's horses and all the king's men to his preservation. Nothing can be more ironic than to have Val mock Castro as "the horse" — or, in Val's cultural parlance, an "X-man" — when no other exile has contributed as much as Val in recent years to perpetuating the myth of his indestructibility.