HAVANA – Cuban ex-President Fidel Castro accuses the United States of “promoting the ouster” of the Hugo Chavez government in his latest “Reflections” article, in which he also praises the “heroic and disciplined” attitude of the Venezuelan leader toward his illness.
In the article published Saturday in official Cuban media, Castro says that Chavez “is amused by the baseness and slander of the mouthpieces of the oligarchy and the empire,” and says that “the enemy” is multiplying its efforts to “slam and slander” the president of Venezuela.
“I don’t hesitate to say that in my modest opinion...the oligarchy will never be able to govern that country again. So it is worrying that the United States government has decided in such circumstances to promote the overthrow of the Bolivarian government,” Castro says.
The leader of the Cuban Revolution mentions “the slanderous campaign that claims there is a desperate struggle at the top levels of the Bolivarian government to take command of the revolutionary government in case the president fails to overcome his illness.”
In his opinion, this is “a disgusting lie” and says that “to the contrary,” he has observed “the closest unity in the leadership of the Bolivarian Revolution.”
For Castro, 85 and retired from power since 2006, “an error by Obama in such circumstances could lead to rivers of blood in Venezuela.”
He goes on to warn that “Venezuelan blood is also Ecuadorian, Brazilian, Argentine, Bolivian, Chilean, Uruguayan, Central American, Dominican and Cuban blood.”
The ex-president of Cuba also believes that “right now” all Latin Americans and especially Cuba “will be affected by the process taking place in Venezuela.”
Referring to the health of President Hugo Chavez, he says that “he has strictly complied with the required measures without ever ceasing to attend to his duties as head of state and leader of the country” and he has done so “in an exemplary manner.”
“I go so far as to describe his attitude as heroic and disciplined. He never stops thinking for a single minute about his duties, sometimes to the point of exhaustion,” Castro says.
The Cuban leader says that Chavez’s “rich intelligence has never ceased in its dedication to the study and analysis of his country’s problems” and Castro insists he can testify to that because he has never stopped “having contact and exchanging views with him.”
“For his part, Chavez doesn’t choose expensive private clinics to look after his health – he puts that in the hands of the medical services he has provided for the people,” Castro says.
President Chavez has been traveling constantly to Cuba in recent months to be treated for cancer.