As soon as it becomes available in English, I will post Fidel’s reflection on US health care which was published today. Several statements in the following article come from Fidel’s reflection.
Fidel says he has nothing against Obama
Published: Thursday March 25, 2010
Ignoring a blast from Barack Obama, former Cuban leader Fidel Castro said Thursday he had nothing against the US president even though he sometimes says “silly things” about Cuba.
Castro made no mention in his widely published message of Obama’s attack on Cuba’s communist regime late Wednesday — his strongest to date — that called for an “end to the repression” and the release of all political prisoners.
“Barack Obama is a fanatical believer in the capitalist imperialist system imposed on the world by the United States,” wrote Castro, 83, in a message published by all official Cuban newspapers.
“The militaristic policy, the pillage of natural resources, the current administration’s unequal exchange with Third World countries is no different from that of his predecessors.
“Despite that, we have no dislike of Obama, and still less of the people of the United States. We consider health care reform an important battle and a success for his government,” he continued, referring to the landmark health care coverage legislation Obama signed into law on Tuesday.
Castro said Obama was “intelligent” and “well-informed” and he hoped that “the silly things he sometimes says about Cuba do not cloud his intelligence.”
But Castro added that “the immense economic, technological and scientific power of the United States cannot survive the tragedy that threatens the planet.”
The powerful earthquakes that struck Haiti and Chile earlier this year were “eloquent proof of the dangers that threaten so-called civilization,” he said.
“President Obama should search on his computer for the pertinent figures and discuss them with his most eminent scientists, and he will see that the country is far from being the model for humanity that it claims to be.”
Obama took office in January 2009 pledging to seek improved ties with Cuba, and reportedly sought to urge President Raul Castro to step up efforts to improve relations with Washington.
Last month, Obama sent his highest-ranking envoy yet to Havana to hold fresh talks on migration issues.
But on Wednesday, he described recent events, including the death of hunger striker Orlando Zapata, crackdowns against female protesters known as Las Damas de Blanco (the Ladies in White) and “intensified harassment” of other activists as “deeply disturbing.”
Recent events “underscore that instead of embracing an opportunity to enter a new era, Cuban authorities continue to respond to the aspirations of the Cuban people with a clenched fist,” Obama said.
“I join my voice with brave individuals across Cuba and a growing chorus around the world in calling for an end to the repression, for the immediate, unconditional release of all political prisoners in Cuba and for respect for the basic rights of the Cuban people.”