Former President of Cuba, Fidel Castro, called Colombia “disloyal,”
claiming the pending military deal between the United States and
Colombia could be used to attack other Latin American countries.
To say the U.S. military is going to use Colombian army bases to fight terrorism and drug trafficking is an “insult to the intelligence” of Latin America, Fidel Castro said in his commentary ‘Reflexiones’. “The real goal [of the agreement] is to control economic resources, to dominate the markets and to fight social changes,” Castro added.
“History will not forgive those who commit such disloyalty to their people or those who use ‘sovereignty’ to defend the presence of Yankee troops,” Colombian media cited Castro.
“What sovereignty are they referring to? The conquer of Bolivar, Sucre, … Marti? None of those would have ever accepted such a repugnant argument to justify the granting of military bases to the armed forces of the United States,” the 82-year-old former president said.
According to Castro, the “Yankee military could promote a dirty war …. could attack any country but hardly the combative, brave and patriotic Colombia.”
“The imperialists underestimate the other countries of Latin America. No country will agree to U.S. military bases,” Castro said.
Castro is one of many Latin American politicians who raised their voices against Colombia’s plan to allow the
United States to use Colombian military bases for counter-narcotics
operations. Venezuela and Ecuador strictly reject the idea while Uruguay, Chile, Argentina and Brazil dislike the agreement but respect it.