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Castro regrets missile crisis, says Cuban economic model doesn’t work

In a rare interview, former Cuban dictator also says he fears nuclear war and condemns anti-Semitism


After four years with little public exposure, 84-year-old Fidel Castro is speaking out once more and he’s saying provocative things. The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg was invited to spend three days with the former Cuban dictator after Goldberg penned an article about the potential for nuclear war between Iran and Israel. Castro told Goldberg “the Iranian capacity to inflict damage is not appreciated,” and warned that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will not back down from his threats to Israel. Strikingly, Castro also revealed his support for Israel’s right to exist and his sympathy for the struggle of the Jewish people. “The Jews have lived an existence that is much harder than ours. There is nothing that compares to the Holocaust,” he said. On the topic of potential nuclear war, he also said he believes that “Obama could overreact [to Iran] and a gradual escalation could become a nuclear war.” The discussion prompted Goldberg to ask Castro about the logic of his own 1962 request for nuclear weapons from The Soviet Union, which culminated in the Cuban Missile Crisis. “After I’ve seen what I’ve seen, and knowing what I know now, it wasn’t worth it all,” Castro said in his first admission he regrets threatening America. Another significant statement came when Castro’s was asked whether the Cuban economic model is still worth exporting (the state controls roughly 90 per cent of the Cuban economy). “The Cuban model doesn’t even work for us anymore,” he said.

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Castro regrets missile crisis, says Cuban economic model doesn’t work

  1. I think that's a pretty amazing admission from Castro (a few of them, really). I wonder if Raul feels the same way, and if so, if before they get chummy with the USA whether Castro could be of some diplomatic assistance in Iran.

    • I think Raul does, and is one of the reasons Castro felt ok passing along the torch, I feel once Castro is gone, Cuba will be like a movie set, changing everything, and I think it will happen quite fast! I tell my friend's if they want to see and feel like the 50's to visit Cuba soon because there is not much time left.

    • It's an incredible admission, and he's 100% correct in his turnaround. I know firsthand the terrible consequences of communist Cuba and I hope this is a step forward to democracy for the Cuban people in the near future,

  2. Now Fidel Castro said "The Cuban model doesn't even work,” ….My dad told me the same when Communist took over South Viet Nam (04-30-1975)

    Anna Le

  3. Wow, how long it took for Castro, a genius from Trudeau's point of view, to figure this one out. The sad thing is there are still many misguided people out there (even here in Canada) who believe in communism and they don't believe and ignore the first hand bad experiences of those who lived it.

  4. I'd recommend reading the article before this one as well. A key paragraph;

    He [Castro] said the Iranian government should understand the consequences of theological anti-Semitism. "This went on for maybe two thousand years," he said. "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." The Iranian government should understand that the Jews "were expelled from their land, persecuted and mistreated all over the world, as the ones who killed God. In my judgment here's what happened to them: Reverse selection. What's reverse selection? Over 2,000 years they were subjected to terrible persecution and then to the pogroms. One might have assumed that they would have disappeared; I think their culture and religion kept them together as a nation." He continued: "The Jews have lived an existence that is much harder than ours. There is nothing that compares to the Holocaust." I asked him if he would tell Ahmadinejad what he was telling me. "I am saying this so you can communicate it," he answered.

    • It's interesting to me that Castro seems so involved and knowledgeable about the outside world when Cubans themselves are kept in the dark from world news that isn't first filtered through Cuban TV programming.

  5. The old fool should be put on trial by his people for his crimes.

  6. I… agree… with Fidel.

    Wow, that felt really strange.

    • Me and you both. Not often I find myself agreeing with Castro.

  7. It's been long past due for the US to lift its embargo on Cuba. But given Obama's, er, popularity right now, maybe that's a plan for the second term, should he be so lucky.

  8. Bummer. I was really up for some world-wide good news for a change.

  9. Castro as filtered through Goldberg … I'll pass,thanks.

  10. He’s a filthy, rotten Jew, like all Communist, Freemasons are who hide behind names like Illuminati and Zionists. Fooling the gullible goyim. Read the Talmud people, and the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion. Educate yourselves stupid goyim.

  11. Before the retraction came, some internet websites already predicted that when other cadres hear what Castro had said, it could get ugly. Pressure would be mounting in the communist party to poh, pah castro's mental faculty and he will be forced to retract what he said or be made inconsequential like a doddering fool. The next day after having read that, Castro retracted as predicted.

  12. Castro said recently that he meant “exactly the opposite” of how the remark was reported by Jeffrey Goldberg, a correspondent for The Atlantic magazine who interviewed Castro over three days, according to Agence France-Presse. Castro said he made the statement to Goldberg “without anger or worry. Now I'm amused to see how” it was interpreted, he said in a speech at the University of Havana, AFP reported.