Thursday, September 9, 2010

Castro: Cuban Model No Longer Works, Not for Cuba, Not For the World

Reuters reports that Fidel Castro says Cuba's economic model no longer works.

Jeffrey Goldberg, writer for the Atlantic Monthly magazine, interviewed Castrom, after being invited to Havana to discuss his recent article about the likelihood of conflict between Israel and Iran and the prospects of nuclear war.

Goldberg asked Castro if Cuba's model (Soviet-style communism) was still worth exporting to other countries. Castro replied:

"The Cuban model doesn't even work for us anymore."

Castro also criticized Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for "anti-Semitism and denying the Holocaust".

Castro has become an anti-nuclear weapon crusader, "he fears that if the United States and Israel try to enforce international sanctions against Iran for its nuclear activities, nuclear war will break out".

"Castro also criticized his own actions during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis when he urged the Soviet Union to launch nuclear weapons against the United States, telling Goldberg "it wasn't worth it at all."

They went to National Aquarium in Havana with a local Jewish leader Adela Dworin, "who Castro kissed in front of the cameras in a possible message to Iranian leaders".

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