Former Cuban president Fidel Castro called Colombia disloyal, claiming the pending military deal between the United States and Colombia could be used to attack other Latinamerican countries.
To say the US military is going to use Colombian army bases to fight terrorism and drug trafficking is an insult to the intelligence of Latinamerica, Fidel Castro wrote 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.
What sovereignty are they referring to? That conquered by Bolivar, Sucre, Marti? None of them 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 leader 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 Latinamerica. No country will agree to US military bases, Castro said.
Castro is one of many Latin American politicians who have raised their voices against Colombia's plan to allow the US 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 Colombia’s sovereign decisions.