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The Coming Cuban Missile Crisis
Tuesday, January 03, 2006 By: Juan Paxety
The Havana-Tehran Connection - missiles and culture
While you were watching football yesterday, the enemies of your freedom were getting together in Tehran and plotting against you. Iranmania reports that Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani met with Cuban ambassador Fernando Garcia and stressed his desire further expand relations between Tehran and Havana.
Cloaked in the somewhat vague language of diplomacy, the article says Rafsanjani wants to increase relations in the "economic, commercial and cultural spheres."
What cultural spheres do Cubans and the Mullahs have in common? I can't think of a thing other than hatred of the U.S. With Iran developing nukes and already having bought missiles, I wouldn't be surprised if they were making cultural plans to rearm those old Russian missile bases in Cuba - particularly in light of the articles final two paragraphs:
Garcia, referring to Iran's peaceful nuclear programs, said Cuba will resist illegal strategies of certain countries and support Iran's right to use nuclear energy.
He said Tehran and Havana enjoy high capacity for expanding relations and said that pressures of the arrogant powers, especially the US, will positively affect expansion of bilateral relations.
Update - Val has more at Babalublog. And Fausta has a look at Iran from a different point of view.