Pour tous les Michael Moore, Oliver Stone et Sylvain Guillemette. Ce n’est pas moi qui le dit mais le Lider Maximo lui-même…
‘The Cuban model doesn’t even work for us anymore’: Castro
Jeff Franks, Reuters, with files from National Post · Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010
Havana — Fifty years after the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro has admitted the country’s economic model no longer works.
The former Cuban president also said he was wrong to urge the Soviet Union to launch nuclear weapons against the United States during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.
“After I’ve seen what I’ve seen, and knowing what I know now, it wasn’t worth it all,” he told Jeffrey Goldberg, a writer for the Atlantic Monthly magazine during a wide-ranging interview.
On his blog for the Atlantic, Mr. Goldberg reveals how he was phoned while on vacation a few weeks ago by the head of the Cuban Interest Section in Washington who said Mr. Castro wanted to discuss with him a recent article he had written on Iran and Israel. After flying to Cuba he was met by a “frail and aged Fidel … wearing a red shirt, sweatpants and black New Balance sneakers.”
During the course of their first five-hour discussion, Mr. Castro warned the United States and Iran that they were heading for nuclear confrontation and urged Israel to give up nuclear weapons.
“The Iranian capacity to inflict damage is not appreciated,” he said. “Men think they can control themselves, but [U.S. President Barack] Obama could overreact and a gradual escalation could become a nuclear war.”
He also criticized Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for denying the Holocaust and said the Iranian leader’s anti-Semitism did not help the cause for peace.
“I don’t think anyone has been slandered more than the Jews. I would say much more than the Muslims. They have been slandered much more than the Muslims because they are blamed and slandered for everything. No one blames the Muslims for anything,” he said.
“The Jews have lived an existence that is much harder than ours. There is nothing that compares to the Holocaust.”
Mr. Castro, who formerly declared Cuba a socialist state in 1961 and himself a Marxist Leninist, was asked if Cuba’s model — Soviet-style communism — was still worth exporting to other countries and he replied, “The Cuban model doesn’t even work for us anymore.”
The comment appeared to reflect Mr. Castro’s agreement with his younger brother, President Raul Castro, who has initiated modest reforms to stimulate Cuba’s troubled economy.
Mr. Goldberg said Julia Sweig, a Cuba expert at the Council on Foreign Relations think-tank in Washington who accompanied him to Havana, believed Mr. Castro’s words reflected an acknowledgment that “the state has too big a role in the economic life of the country.”
Such sentiment would help President Castro, who took over from his brother in 2008, against those members of the ruling Communist Party who oppose his attempts to loosen the state’s hand, Ms. Sweig told Mr. Goldberg.
Mr. Castro, since emerging in July from four years of seclusion following intestinal surgery, has become an anti-nuclear weapons crusader expressing concern about the future of the world.
Ms. Sweig said the 84-year-old Mr. Castro was at an early stage of reinventing himself as a senior statesman on the world stage.
During their visit, Mr. Goldberg and Ms. Sweig also went with Mr. Castro, at his invitation, to see a dolphin show at Cuba’s National Aquarium in Havana.
They were accompanied by local Jewish leader Adela Dworin, who Mr. Castro kissed in front of the cameras in a possible message to Iranian leaders, Mr. Goldberg said in his blog on Wednesday.
And asked if his illness had caused him to change his mind about the existence of God, Mr. Castro replied, “Sorry, I’m still a dialectical materialist.”
Reuters, with files from National Post
Et tout juste après la publication de ma critique du système de santé de Cuba… Du bonbon 😀