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Fidel Castro Vows To Continue His Dictatorship

From his deathless fans at Reuters:

Men sit on a sidewalk offering Cuba’s newspaper Granma with the headline reading “They’ll never get Cuba” in Havana June 18, 2007. Cuba’s leader Fidel Castro said in an editorial published on Monday, that Cuba will continue to build its defenses against the United States and Cubans should be prepared to make more sacrifices to remain independent.

Castro says Cuba will defend itself against U.S.

Mon Jun 18, 2007

By Todd Benson

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba will continue to build up its defenses against the United States and Cubans should be prepared to make more sacrifices to remain independent, Cuban leader Fidel Castro said in an editorial published on Monday.

In his commentary in the ruling Communist Party newspaper Granma, the first time in a series of such articles that he has turned his attention directly to Cuban affairs, Castro called on Cubans to safeguard the island’s socialist system against Havana’s long-time ideological foe the United States…

In Monday’s article, which took up the entire front page of Granma and was called a “Reflection and Manifesto for the Cuban People,” Castro denounced five decades of U.S. policy of isolation toward Cuba and accused U.S. President George W. Bush of wanting to invade Cuba.

The convalescing leader, who took power in 1959 and launched a leftist revolution on the Caribbean island, warned Bush that Cuba was prepared to do what it takes to defend itself from a foreign threat.

“Cuba will continue to develop and improve the fighting abilities of its people, including our modest but active and efficient defensive weapons industry, which multiplies our ability to confront the invaders wherever they are, and whatever weapons they possess,” Castro wrote.

“We shall continue acquiring the necessary materials and the pertinent firepower,” he added, without providing details.

Castro quoted 19th century Cuban independence hero Jose Marti as saying that freedom carries a high cost, and added that “In spite of everything, we will keep on growing as necessary and as possible.” …

Somebody tell Medea Benjamin and Cindy Sheehan that their sacred hero is rattling his saber.

They need to get back down there and remind him that there is no such thing as a just war.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, June 18th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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