Fidel Castro says US ready to order NATO invasion of Libya

February 23rd, 2011 - 1:20 am ICT by BNO News  

HAVANA (BNO NEWS) — Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro on Tuesday said the US will not hesitate to order NATO to invade Libya in order to control the country’s oil reserves.

“For me, what is absolutely clear is that the government of the United States is not in the least worried about peace in Libya and it will not hesitate in giving NATO the order to invade that rich country, perhaps in a matter of hours or a few short days,” Castro said in a column published by Cuban state news media.

According to the most recent estimates by Human Rights Watch, at least 233 people have died in four days of protests in cities across Libya. But the actual figures are believed to be much higher.

Castro said is too early to know what is precisely happening in Libya, evading to comment on news reports about civilians being killed by troops loyal to Muammar Gaddafi, a long time Cuban ally. 

“One can agree with Gaddafi or not,” Castro said. “One has to wait the necessary length of time in order to learn precisely what is the truth and what are lies, or a mixture of events of every kind that, in the midst of chaos, were produced in Libya.”

He added that “an honest person shall always be against any injustice being committed against any people in the world” and to remain silent about NATO’s plan would be the worst.

On Tuesday, Gaddafi said on Libyan State TV in his first major speech since unrest began that he will not resign and would remain the head of the revolution.

“As for me, I cannot imagine that the Libyan leader would abandon his country; escaping the responsibilities he is charged with, whether or not they are partially or totally false,” Castro wrote.

Fidel Castro led Cuba for almost 50 years after the 1959 communist revolution. In 2008, his brother Raúl became president after Castro announced his intention not to run for president again.

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