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Nukes And fidel
Tuesday, February 21, 2006 By: Juan Paxety
By all means necessary
On January 2, 1963, fidel castro gave his annual speech celebrating his revolution. Nuclear weapons were on his mind, as the Cuban Missile Crisis had occurred the previous October and nuclear weapons were sent back to the Soviet Union over his objections. In December, President John Kennedy appeared at the Orange Bowl in Miami and welcomed back the warriors who had been captured 20-months before at the Bay of Pigs.
In light of fidel's recent cuddling with Iran, it's interesting to see what he had to day on that day 43-years ago.
You know how the crisis started, developed, and culminated. We mean to say that our people always reserve the rights in front of their imperialist enemies to take all measures deemed pertinent and to possess the weapons deemed necessary. (Applause) The Soviet Government, in search of peace, arrived at certain agreements with the North American government, but this does not mean that we have renounced this right, the right to possess the weapons we deem proper and to take the international policy steps we deem pertinent as a sovereign country. (Applause) And for that reason we do not accept the unilateral inspection that they wanted to establish here with the only purpose, of the imperialists, to humble us. And there was no inspection and there will never be inspection. And if they want inspection let them permit us to inspect them. What do they expect from a sovereign country, a sovereign country (repeating--Ed.), we are as sovereign or more than they are. (Applause)
We must know how cunning the imperialists are, what foxes they are in all their acts and deeds. Therefore, we do not trust the imperialists. The guarantees in which we have always believed, as I said, are the ones I mentioned before and the solidarity of the socialist camp. They have always been our guarantee. Without the solidarity of the socialist camp, we would have been disarmed, this is clear because when we went to buy weapons in a West European country they blew up our ship and killed about 50 workers and soldiers. The imperialists demanded that weapons not be sold to us, and while they were arming and training their mercenaries, they were preventing us from acquiring weapons, and it was the countries of the socialist camp who furnished us weapons. And thus the solidarity of the socialist camp is an efficient weapon against imperialist aggression. (Applause) In that guarantee we do believe, in this guarantee which gives us two things: our will to fight to the last man and the solidarity of the socialist camp; and not in the worlds of the imperialists. That is the reason we have presented our five demands, so just, so logical, and so consubstantial with our rights that no one could object to them.
He thought then that he had the right to take all measures to possess the weapons he deemed necessary. He still seems to think this way. And with the end of the socialist camp, he seems to have turned to the Islamofascist camp.
Fausta has more on Iran's involvement in the Americas.