Castro mocks Obama visit to Copenhagen
Dec 18 02:38 PM US/Eastern
Veteran Cuban leader Fidel Castro on Friday dismissed US President
Barack Obama's trip to UN climate change talks in Copenhagen as a
"show," and complained that the world's poor will shoulder the burden of
any summit agreement.
Castro's opinion article, titled "The Moment of Truth," also criticizes
the "fascist methods" used by Danish police to put down protesting
"It is already evident that a great catastrophe threatens our species,"
wrote Castro, 82.
Perhaps the worst part of the summit "is blind selfishness of a rich and
privileged minority that intents to impose the bulk of the necessary
sacrifices on the immense majority of planet inhabitants," Castro wrote.
He opined that "for the chiefs of the empire (the United States),
despite their maneuvers and cynical lies, the moment of truth is
arriving. Their own allies believe them less and less."
In the article, which appeared in government-run media, Castro quotes at
length leftist Bolivian President Evo Morales and Venezuelan President
Hugo Chavez, who both spoke at the summit.
The former Cuban president, who still leads the Cuban Communist Party,
earlier criticized Obama for accepting the Nobel Peace Prize and lashed
out at his climate policies, accusing the US president of not fighting
the "oligarchy of irresponsibly" who are opposing change.
"Obama is not ignorant. Like (Al) Gore, he knows the grave danger that
threatens everyone, but he vacillates and is weak in the face of a blind
and irresponsible oligarchy in that country," Castro wrote in an
editorial published December 9.
Castro has not appeared in public since he underwent major intestinal
surgery more than three years ago. His brother Raul became interim
president in 2006, and took over the presidency in February 2008.
Castro mocks Obama visit to Copenhagen (18 December 2009)