In 1959, Fidel Alejandro
Castro Ruz liberated Cuba from imperial America, police state rule,
and mafia bosses who turned the nation into a casino and brothel.
Cubans may want change, but won't tolerate recolonization under puppets
serving Washington's interests.
On August 13, Fidel turns 86. After leading Cuba for decades, surviving
hundreds of US attempts to kill him, a punishing embargo, and numerous
other hostile acts, illness forced him to step down in December 2008.
It didn't slow his determination to speak and write vital truths, especially
on issues of war and peace.
Like others, including this writer, he justifiably fears inevitable
His latest article explains headlined, "The roads leading to disaster."
Fidel's intellect remains acute, his perceptiveness keen. His knowledge
of vital issues is impressive. His honesty and integrity are impeccable,
his forthrightness noteworthy. So is his fear about an inevitable disaster.
"As far as I am concerned," he said, "I do not harbor the slightest
doubt that the United States is about to commit, and lead the world
toward, the greatest error in its history."
Humanity will suffer. Castro long feared nuclear destruction, perhaps
eventual annihilation. In a July 2010 videotaped interview, he expected
Washington and Israel to target Iran, saying:
"When they launch war, they’re going to launch it there. It cannot help
but be nuclear. I believe the danger of war is growing a lot. They are
playing with fire."
Indeed so he explained in his August 24, 2010 article headlined, "The
nuclear winter," saying:
He expressed surprise about learning that "we do not need a nuclear
world war for our species to perish." A nuclear conflict between any
two nations can do it.
"A nuclear war is inevitable," he added. It could happen "when the first
Iranian vessel is inspected" or by any other trigger. Washington wants
regime change. So does Israel. All means will be employed to achieve
it, including the unthinkable - nuclear war.
In his latest article, Castro said:
"Does anyone think that the United States will be capable of acting
with the independence that could preserve it from the inevitable disaster
Does anyone believe Democrats or Republicans differ, especially on relentlessly
advancing America's imperium for unchallenged global dominance, and
choosing war to achieve it.
"It is really extraordinary to observe a nation so powerful technologically
and a government so bereft of both ideas and moral values."
Iran threatens no one. Washington and Israel know its nuclear program
is peaceful. It complies fully with Nuclear Non-Proliferation (NPT)
provisions. Even having nuclear or any other destructive weapons doesn't
imply intent to use them.
In contrast, America is nuclear armed and dangerous. So is Israel. Advancing
its own imperium, it "declared its intention to attack and destroy Iran's
nuclear fuel production facilities."
"The Israeli government has openly declared its intention to attack
the enriched uranium production plant in Iran, and the government of
the United States has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in manufacturing
a bomb for that purpose."
"Imagine United States (and/or Israeli) forces dropping monstrous bombs,
capable of penetrating 60 meters of cement, on industrial facilities.
Never before has such an adventure been conceived."
It's vital to understand "the seriousness" of doing it, he said. Humanity
"will be led inexorably toward disaster." If simple truths aren't understood,
If Mother of all Bombs (MOB) are used like king-sized hand grenades,
can human extinction be far behind, or at least face tens of millions
of lives lost, multiples more condemned to slow, painful death, and
countless others from disease.
Given disturbing rhetoric regurgitated daily by major media scoundrels,
Castro hasn't "the slightest doubt" it's coming in some form and perhaps
Major Media Scoundrels Promote War
What Fidel fears, US policy makers and major media scoundrels support,
no matter the potentially catastrophic consequences.
AIPAC lobbies aggressively for war on Iran. It spuriously calls the
Islamic republic "the world’s leading state sponsor of terror and is
racing toward a nuclear weapons capability."
"Through its proxy armies of Hizballah in Southern Lebanon, Hamas in
the Gaza Strip and insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Iranian regime
is supporting terrorists carrying out daily attacks on American troops
and Israeli civilians."
Media scoundrels repeat these lies. Rush Limbaugh openly supports bombing,
"The only way to stop them is to destroy the Iranian regime, the mullahs,
and that can only be accomplished through war."
Blatant misreporting, deliberate lies, and fearmongering define America's
print and broadcast media. News anchors and reporters claim Iran may
be planning a strike on US soil. The very notion's preposterous.
Others demand it give up what doesn't exist and endorse war as the price
for refusal. Former Bush administration official/now regular Fox News
contributor, and member of America’s lunatic fringe John Bolton calls
sanctions "half measures doomed to fail" and favors war, saying:
The "way to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons is to attack its
nuclear weapons program directly and break their control over the nuclear
He's not alone. Viewers and readers get steady warmongering propaganda.
It replicates the run-up to attacking Iraq in 2003 based on spurious
WMD hype. It was repeated against Libya based on falsified reports and
At all times, public sentiment's influenced. People are manipulated
to support war. They do unwittingly not knowing they're lied to. It
happens no matter how previous many times they later learned they were
In a recent column, the Washington Post's resident zealot (and regular
Fox News contributor), Charles Krauthhammer outrageously called Iran
"the world's greatest exporter of terror, the systematic killer of Americans
in Iraq and Afghanistan, the self-declared enemy that invented 'Death
to America Day,' " and soon to have "nuclear capability."
Claiming Israel's "threatened with annihilation," he favors war as the
way to prevent it, despite no threat whatever existing.
The New York Times regularly features pro-war advocates like former
Israeli intelligence head Amos Yadlin. He used it to claim Israel faces
an existential threat of annihilation and must act preemptively against
Whether or not Obama agrees, "Israeli leaders may well choose to act
while they still can."
In June 2009, pro-Israeli ideologues prepared a Brookings Institution
policy paper titled, "Which Path to Persia? Options for a New American
Strategy Toward Iran." It openly endorsed regime change, including by
air strikes, invasion, and/or encouraging Israel to attack.
A recent International Crisis Group (ICG) report was more measured.
Titled, "In Heavy Waters: Iran's Nuclear Program, the Risk of War and
Lessons from Turkey," it favors giving diplomacy a chance to convince
Iran to give up its legitimate nuclear program, then consider other
options if fail. ICG implied but stopped short of endorsing war.
Scoundrel media’s common theme is Iran’s alleged existential threat.
Decisive action to prevent it is vital. Failure poses unacceptable risks.
War's the last option, but important to wage if others fail to convince
Iran to give up what it doesn't have and has no intention of pursuing.
Castro's right warning of inevitable disaster, and saying he has no
doubt it's coming. Given America's rage for war, forewarned is forearmed
for essential grassroots action.
Nothing else potentially can stop what no one should tolerate, given
stakes able to threaten humanity. If that's not incentive enough, what
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