Barack Obama’s recent U.N. speech on “the pursuit of peace in an imperfect world” failed to impress Fidel Castro, who, in a newspaper column, called the text “gibberish” and asked, “Has any nation been excluded from the bloody threats of this illustrious defender of international peace and security?”

Obama spoke on the U.S.-sponsored campaign of regime change in Libya, although he wouldn’t use those words. Castro is personally acquainted with such things and, needless to say, is not fond of the idea that the U.S. should help choose the leaders of other countries.

In his remarks, Obama attempted to explain why the United States might veto the Palestinians’ request for statehood even though Obama himself expressed his support for a Palestinian state last year. “I believed then, and I believe now, that the Palestinian people deserve a state of their own,” said Obama. “But what I also said is that a genuine peace can only be realized between the Israelis and the Palestinians themselves.” He would later add: “There are no shortcuts.”

Castro isn’t buying it. — PZS


Quoting extensively from Mr Obama’s speech last week to the UN General Assembly, Mr Castro said the US leader was trying to “explain the inexplicable and justify the unjustifiable”.

“Who understands this gibberish of the president of the United States before the General Assembly?” Mr Castro wrote.

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