- (Reuters/Shannon Stapleton)
Fidel Castro has blasted Barack Obama’s recent address to the U.N. by referring to it as “gibberish.”
In his first published column since July, the 85-year-old revolutionary icon called Obama the “Yankee president”.
He slammed U.S. and NATO intervention in Libya as “monstrous crimes” and said Obama used a bully pit at the U.N. General Assembly last week to try and sway global opinion.
Having been out of sight for a few months, Castro raised concerns amongst the general public that his health was worsening. He wrote his column with a specific purpose to address his reactions to the General Assembly in New York and especially Obama’s speech last week.
Published on a Cuban government website, Castro came out with fighting words saying Obama distorted situations in Syria, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Egypt, Afghanistan, North Korea, Libya and the Palestinian conflict, and that the U.S. leader used a “long rant to explain and justify the inexplicable and unjustifiable.”
“Has any nation been excluded from the bloody threats of this illustrious defender of international peace and security?” Castro said of Obama, whose U.N. quotes he cited extensively in his column of reflections.
The former Cuban leader also took issue with the “fascist methods by the U.S. and its allies to confuse and manipulate global opinion” and said he was heartened by the “resistance” of his key allies Hugo Chavez and Evo Moralez, presidents of Venezuela and Bolivia, respectively, who criticized U.S. and U.N. policy in their speeches.
"Has any nation been excluded from the bloody threats of this illustrious defender of international peace and security?" Castro said of Obama, whose U.N. quotes he cited at length in his column.
"Who gave the United States such privileges?" Castro said.
After a health crisis in 2006, Fidel handed the presidency to his younger brother Raul Castro. Castro said he would write another column of his “reflections” on the U.N. General Assembly soon.