Fantasies of Nuclear War

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Fidel Castro, the dictator who came the closest in history to igniting a nuclear war, made several public appearances recently to predict an imminent nuclear conflict. The cataclysm he craved in 1962 will erupt, he warned on Cuban TV, when the Israelis and their American cohorts provoke Iran in the straits of Hormuz.

You did indeed read the above account correctly. Castro, the man who co-sponsored the famous 1975 UN resolution equating Zionism with racism, is claiming the Israeli tail wags the Yankee dog. Those Yankees are certainly powerful, Castro explained, but also a bit naïve and docile. The main instigators, the ones carefully setting the trap to ignite nuclear war, are those crafty Israelis. “The control that Israel has over the United States is enormous,” he recently lamented.

Fidel Castro has excellent reason to bask in the fond memory of impending nuclear war. Waxing sentimental on his own role in the infamous Caban Missile Crisis, Castro revealed to former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara in 1992: “Of course I knew the missiles were nuclear-armed. That’s precisely why I urged Khrushchev to launch them.  And of course Cuba would have been utterly destroyed in the exchange.”

Castro was not alone in his longing for a nuclear conflagration. His fellow Cuban revolutionaries, Che Guevara and bother Raul Castro, also expressed the same desire for destruction:

“If the missiles had remained, we would have fired them against the very heart of the U.S., including New York. The victory of socialism is well worth millions of atomic victims.” (Che Guevara, November 1962.)

My dream is to drop three atomic bombs on New York City.” (Raul Castro, Nov. 1960.)

The Stalinist trio raged for years afterward: “[Soviet Premier] Nikita Khrushchev, that sniveling maricon, snatched that magic button-pushing moment from our eager fingers!”

On Oct. 28 1962, Khruschev received a telegram from Castro that read: “We should deliver a nuclear first strike.”

Khrushchev’s son Sergei recalled his father’s response: “Is he [Fidel Castro] proposing that we start a nuclear war? That we launch missiles from Cuba?”

The Premier later instructed, “But that is insane…Remove [our missiles] as soon as possible. Before it’s too late. Before something terrible happens.”

So much for the gallant Kennedy-era Knights of Camelot “standing up to the Russians. And forcing their retreat during the Cuban missile crisis.” In fact, it was the Castro brothers and Che Guevara’s genocidal lust that prompted the Butcher of Budapest to get the Soviet missiles out of their reach.

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  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Rifleman Rifleman

    Guess where most of saddam's biowarfare program went? Cuba.

  • Cuban Refugee

    Do Oliver Stone, Michael Moore, Barbara Walters, Sean Penn, Andrea Mitchell, and the rest of the Castro groupies know that their Hero of the Revolution had every intention of blasting them out of their limousines? Little did American citizens know at the time how close they came to proving that "Duck and Cover" was an exercise in futility. Another great piece by Humberto Fontova!

    • bfurey

      I remember it well. I was 23 and recently married. I remember my husband and I going to church on a Sunday where everyone was praying we would not be wiped out by a nuclear bomb.

      And they wear Che tee shirts with glee. Idiots would probably not even be alive today, never born, because millions would have been wiped out by the bombs.

  • Marty

    fidel and raul are similar to the islamic jihadists who dream about a nuclear holocaust to destroy Israel and the United States. Their hatred of the west and desire for a genocidal attack on it are so great that they don't care how many millions of their own oppressed people die in the process.

  • max power

    Humberto have you read Spy Catcher by Peter Wright? it has an excellent piece about the missile.

    regards

  • antifascist18

    The Cuban population in Miami ought to reprint this in Spanish, and drop tons of it over Havana and Santiago with comments about how their leaders would have relished in their destruction. Time for another uprising as those in the 1860s, 1870s and 1890s.

  • Ron

    The old murderer probably has dimentia and is flashing back to his 1962 fantasies!

  • FBastiat

    Even worse than Castro? Mao! He said:

    "If worst came to worst and half of mankind died, the other half would remain while imperialism [i.e., the U.S. reactionaries] would be razed to the ground and the whole world would become socialist; in a number of years there would be 2,700 million people again and definitely more."

    Quoted here:
    http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/Articles/whyth

  • Ken Green

    Khruschev may have been appalled by the Castro brothers and Che's desire for a nuclear war, but the fact remains that the missiles were withdrawn from Cuba in return from our withdrawal of US missiles from Turkey. That was the deal. Case closed.

  • 080

    Castro's predictions are just as good as his predictions about the glorious future of the Cuban Revolution. It is nowhere to be seen. How long does a "revolution" last? His has been around since 1959. Isn't it time to put up or shut up.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Chezwick_Mac Chezwick_Mac

    I agree with Ken Green…the assertion that Khrushchev removed the missiles because Castro advocated their use is absurd. He removed the missiles as part of a deal that enhanced both Cuba's and Russia's security. Why the crises was portrayed as an American "victory" has always mystified me. Perhaps it was Kennedy's insistence that the Soviet ships openly display their nuclear cargo as they left Cuban ports…which may have been psychologically humiliating, but hardly relevant from a geo-political or strategic prism.

  • Ricardo

    Scary…. what happen to the Golden Years that I was suppose too have at my late age……….I don't even have Medicare yet…and the world is going to end???
    I want my money back………..