Castro Accuses Bush Of Pandering to Cuban-American 'Terrorists'

By Jim Burns | July 7, 2008 | 8:11 PM EDT

( - In his most stinging rebuttal yet to President Bush's recent comments about Cuba, communist leader Fidel Castro called on the American public to stop "fanatics of war" within the Bush administration. He said Bush has imposed "Nazi methods and concepts" upon the world.

Radio Havana reported that Castro made the remarks during a speech on Saturday in Santiago, Cuba.

Castro urged the American people to stop "fanatics of power" from taking over the administration. He did not say who those fanatics were.

"The power and prerogatives of the U.S. president are so extensive and the economic, technological and military might of the U.S. is so pervasive," he said, "that under circumstances that totally escape the will of the people of the United States, the world is now increasingly under the rule of Nazi concepts and methods."

"I do not intend to dramatize," Castro continued. "But the truth is that there is a growing tendency to question and override the existence and the role of the United Nations."

Castro also said Bush made "several mistakes" in his reaction to the September 11 attacks.

"He should never have implanted fear in the minds of the American people nor should he have adopted hasty decisions without considering other possible options that would have been supported by all governments and fundamental political trends on both the left and the right," said Castro.

He did not say what Bush's hasty decisions were.

Castro also said Bush went too far in his May 20 speech in Miami. The Cuban leader charged Bush with being "rude" and said that Bush had "lied and threatened and insulted" Cuba.

During that speech, Bush offered a "proposal and a challenge" that he said would put Cuba on the path to liberty.

If Fidel Castro agrees to real reform -- greater freedom for his people, the release of political prisoners, and free, fair elections -- Bush would consider lifting the U.S. economic sanctions and travel restrictions.

"Meaningful reform on Cuba's part will be answered with a meaningful U.S. response," Bush said. "The goal is freedom for Cuba's people."

Bush called Castro a brutal tyrant who enforces a bankrupt vision and has turned a beautiful island into a prison. He announced a series of actions that will benefit the Cuban people, including easing restrictions on humanitarian assistance and direct mail service between the two countries.

Bush also said he will not lift the economic embargo against Cuba until Castro releases his dictator's grasp and proves he is committed to real government reform.

Castro also said Bush should not have met in Miami on May 20 with what he called "notorious Cuban-American figures" that he said have organized, directed and conducted "countless terrorist acts against Cuba and other countries."

He also took the Cuban-American National Foundation to task for financing, organizing and even "bragging about" numerous terrorist plans and actions to attack and assassinate him.

"This terrorist organization today continues to defend and attract some of the worst terrorists that exist," he said. This is also well known in the White House and Miami, Castro said.

Castro said Bush's "intimate relationship with these terrorists" completely undermines his moral authority and disqualifies him as a world leader in the fight against terrorism.

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