HAVANA – Former Cuban President Fidel Castro said in a commentary published Monday that the United States should explain “how it is going to solve the drug problem.”
In his latest article entitled “The Empire and Drugs,” Fidel Castro said that the countries of Central and South America “devote endless energy to the fight against the invasion of coca crops for the purpose of producing cocaine.”
He said that the “revolutionary” governments of Bolivia and Venezuela “are making special efforts to stop its advance, as Cuba did in its time,” though he also recalled the traditional uses of coca leaf that President Evo Morales defends with his slogan “coca is not cocaine.”
“Evo Morales declared some time ago the right of his people to consume coca tea, an excellent traditional infusion of the age-old Aymara-Quechua culture. Keeping them from using it is like telling the English not to drink tea,” Castro said.
It is “curious” that opium was used by “English colonialists” as a way of paying for the products it received from China at the beginning of the 19th century, and said that British and American merchants “saw the possibility of vast trade and profits” with that business, Castro said.
“At that time, many of the great fortunes of the United States were based on such drug trafficking,” the Cuban leader said.
“We have to ask the great power supported by almost 1,000 military bases and seven fleets accompanied by nuclear aircraft carriers and thousands of fighter planes, with which it tyrannizes the world, that it explain to us how it is going to solve the drug problem,” the former Cuban president said.
The 83-year-old Fidel Castro has been away from public life for nearly four years because of an illness that led him to hand over power to his brother Raul, though he is still secretary of the ruling Communist Party, the only legal political party in Cuba. EFE