Added by David Sandercock on February 7, 2012
Fidel Castro mocked UK over Falklands in a rare appearance coincided with the launch of an exhaustive two-volume account of his life up until 1958.
In his appearance he also poked fun at the UK and its claim to the Falkland Islands.
“Somewhere is the English ship sailing to the Falklands but the English only have one little boat left. The only ones who have aircraft carriers are the Yankees. All the English can do is send over a destroyer, they can’t even send an aircraft carrier,” he said.
Castro claimed to spend much of his time reading news stories, which he said were the souce of much of his alarm about current world events.
“What’s going to happen in Iran? What’s going to happen in the Near East? What’s going to happen in Syria? What happened in Libya is not going to happen there,” he said.
He went on to say that despite the difficulties facing the world, humans must never give up trying to save it.
“Our duty is to fight until the last minute,” he said.
“If they tell us, ‘look, no more than 10 years are left,’ you have to fight those 10 years, for our country, for the others and for humanity. The situation is difficult, more difficult than ever,” he said.
He claimed that US President Barack Obama no longer had power and that, Cuba’s longtime ideological foe was being run by a “high command” and not even they can “contain the situation” of a possible nuclear war.
The 85-year-old revolutionary, whose last known public appearance was at a Communist Party congress last April, also remarked on the US campaign for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination, saying there were no good candidates.
“The Republican candidate is the least intolerable of the intolerables, the least bad of the worst,” he said.