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Fidel Castro Speaks Out On Change in U.S. Policy

Former Cuban president and bearded dictator Fidel Castro has finally spoken about the change in American policy toward Cuba. The former leader, who retired in 2008 in favor of his brother Raul, was until recently rumored to be dead. He recently wrote a letter to his friend soccer legend Diego Maradona to prove he was still alive. Though Raul Castro has spoken positively about the opportunity of normalizing relations with the United States, Fidel had remained silent. His response was cautious but positive. Castro said,

“I don’t trust the policy of the United States, nor have I exchanged a word with them, but this does not mean I reject a pacific solution to the conflicts. We will always defend co-operation and friendship with all the people of the world, including with our political adversaries. Any peaceful or negotiated solution to the problems between the United States and the peoples or any people of Latin America that doesn’t imply force or the use of force should be treated in accordance with international norms and principles.”

It’s not surprising that Castro is wary. I mean, to be fair, we did try to assassinate him a bunch of times in the 60’s. Fidel has always been more hardcore than Raul. In fact, he’s not averse to showing up to undermine his brother. Though the majority of Cubans want a change in the way the system works, Fidel remains popular and influential. After all, if you were born in the last 56 years you have only known life under Fidel Castro. Listening to him is just habit at this point.

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