Former Cuban leader and longtime political foe of the United States calls the killing of Osama Bin Laden an "assassination" and an "abhorrent deed" committed by the U.S.
Fidel Castro, longtime Communist leader of U.S. neighbor Cuba, has called the U.S.’s killing of Osama Bin Laden “an abhorrent," act and says the “assassination” in Pakistan violated that country’s laws, “offended” its national dignity and “desecrated” its religious traditions.
Castro, in the statement reported by Granma and also by the Cuban News Agency, said that “having assassinated (Bin Laden) and plunging his corpse into the bottom of the sea are an expression of fear and insecurity,” and that “this turns him into a far more dangerous person,” Castro believes.
Castro says that after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, “our people expressed its solidarity with the US people,” and that at that time Cuba offered “modest” assistance in the “area of health” to the 9/11 victims. But, he says, it cannot be “conceal(ed)” that Bin Laden was “executed in front of his children and wives, who are now under the custody of the authorities of Pakistan.”
Castro says that while the attacks on 9/11 were “brutal,” the actions of the U.S. since then has resulted in “unjust wars in Afghanistan and Iraq,” and that as a result of those wars “hundreds of thousands of children were forced to grow up without their mothers and fathers and the parents who would never know the feeling of their child’s embrace.”
The former Cuban leader also included his criticism of the U.S.’s actions at its Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, which Castro calls an “occupied Cuban territory.” He said “horrible images” from the base were “still engraved in the minds of hundreds of millions," and called actions there “unbearable and excruciating tortures.”
Castro believes that after the “initial euphoria” of Bin Laden’s killing in the U.S., public opinion will end up “criticizing the methods used,” and that the act will “multiply the feelings of hatred and revenge against them (U.S. citizens).”
Although it is normal for Castro to offer criticism of American actions in international events, the international organization Human Rights Watch calls Cuba a country that is “repressive” and says the Cuban government continues to create a “climate of fear that has a profound impact on dissidents and Cuban society as a whole.”
Castro and his Communist forces overthrew the Cuban Batista government in 1959 and he has, in effect, ran the country ever since although he turned over the office of President in February 2008 to his brother Raul Castro. Castro retained the position as First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba until April 19, 2011, when he also turned that role over to Raul Castro.