Cuba‚Äôs Fidel Castro Blames ‚ÄúUnited States Empire‚ÄĚ For Palestinian Holocaust In Gaza
The world according to Fidel Castro. I have often wondered what the world would look like from the eyes of Fidel Castro. And now I have my chance. He wrote a column, ‚ÄúA Repugnant New Form Of Fascism The Palestinian Holocaust In Gaza‚ÄĚ for the Granma, a Cuban online publication. As I begin to dissect his column, I have an eerie feeling that I‚Äôll have to hang from my feet like a bat in a cave to understand what he is saying. But to start off I plan to be right-side-up.
Castro immediatly quotes Simon Bolivar, renowned South American general. The guy is known as ‚ÄúEl Liberator (The Liberator) and the ‚ÄúGeorge Washington of South America.‚ÄĚ
‚Äú‚Ä¶the United States appears to be destined by providence to plague America with misery in the name of liberty.‚ÄĚ [As an aside, although the U.S. has commandeered the word ‚ÄúAmerica,‚ÄĚ apparently all those living above us (Canada) and below us (a bunch) have a claim to the word, too.]
Castro says the U.S. ‚Äúempire‚ÄĚ is complicit in Israel‚Äôs invasion of the Gaza Strip with the ‚ÄúNazi genocide of Jews.‚ÄĚ And he wonders where the outcry is. He believes that the world will not let this ‚Äúmacabre genocide‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúshameful massacre‚ÄĚ pass unnoticed.
‚ÄúThe shameful, criminal war in the Gaza Strip, a piece of land where the population lives in what remains of what was independent Palestine only 50 years ago.‚ÄĚ
Castro says that the French media reported,
‚ÄúThe war between the Islamist Palestinian movement Hamas and Israel has caused the deaths of‚Ä¶Palestinians,‚Ä¶ the destruction of thousands of homes, and ruined an economy which was already weakened.‚ÄĚ
He talks about the number of hospitals closed or damaged (2/3). Then he says
‚ÄúThis Palestinian enclave of 362 km¬≤ does not have the infrastructure needed for 1.8 million inhabitants, above all in terms of the provision of electricity and water.‚ÄĚ
This dictator in-residence says that the economy on the Gaza Strip is horrid,
‚ÄúAccording to the IMF (International Money Fund), the rate of unemployment surpasses 40% in the Gaza Strip, territory subjected to an Israeli blockade since 2006. In 2000, unemployment was 20%, and in 2011, 30%. More than 70% of the population depends on humanitarian aid during normal periods, according toGisha, a pro-Gaza organization intent upon protecting ‚Äúthe freedom of movement of Palestinians.
And Castro plays the sympathy card about an eight-year-old girl dying during a broken humanitarian truce. He counts the number of ‚ÄúPalestinians murdered,‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúFrench Minister of Foreign Affairs Laurent Fabius stated this Monday that Israel‚Äôs right to security does not justify the massacre of civilians taking place.‚ÄĚ
The once-dictator lives life on a platform of military strength and power but weaves economic wealth into his plan.
‚ÄúThe human species is living in an unprecedented stage of history. A crash between military planes or warships which are closely watched, or other similar events could unleash a conflict with the use of sophisticated, modern weapons, which could become the last known adventure of Homo sapiens.‚ÄĚ
The end of all civilization. That is powerful. And the U.S. is weak he says,
‚ÄúIt can be stated that there is no government in this country [U.S.], no Senate, no Congress, CIA or Pentagon which will determine the final outcome. It is truly sad that this should happen when the dangers are so great, but the opportunities to move forward are great as well.‚ÄĚ
The old dictator reminisces about the Russian people rising up like Spartans (citizen-soldiers with strict moral codes and sense of duty) to defend their country and how the U.S. and Europe seriously underestimates them. He says the U.S.underestimates the Chinese, too,
‚Äúthe earth‚Äôs most dynamic economic force. Countries want yuan and not dollars to acquire goods and technology, and increased trade.‚ÄĚ
And he looks toward emerging forces of ‚ÄúBrazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa,‚ÄĚ as they ‚Äúestablish links‚ÄĚ with Latin America, Africa and the Caribbean. And as a post script, he tosses the U.S., Europe and Japan into the mix.
‚ÄúTwenty-six million Russians died in the defense of their homeland against the Nazis. Chinese combatants, men and women, inheritors of a millennial culture, are people of uncommon intelligence and an invincible spirit of struggle. Xi Jinping is one of the strongest and most capable revolutionary leaders I have met in my life.‚ÄĚ
Like the Spartans, Russian civilians rose up to defend their homeland. The Chinese are like that, too, and they have economic power. Watch out, he warns the U.S.
‚ÄúA just idea in the depth of a cave is stronger than an army.‚ÄĚ
Ah now I know why this felt like a trip to the bat cave ‚Äď because it was. The only question that remains is: What character does Castro play? I‚Äôm thinking, the Joker.